The Curriculum at Acres Hill
At Acres Hill, we deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum. Whilst we use the national curriculum as a framework, we have decided to place our emphasis on providing our children with the opportunities to gain 'powerful knowledge' that we feel is necessary in order to truly understand the world around us, as well as to be able to make informed observations and connections.
Each year group has curriculum maps that are split into a half/termly focus. We have carefully designed our curriculum across the school in order to ensure that children's development is coherent, logical and progressive.
Our curriculum is subject to constant review and working together as subject leaders, we recognise that whilst we are extremely proud of the curriculum at Acres Hill, there is always scope for improvement. We embrace this challenge!
At Acres Hill we understand the important of developing strong maths skills and this is why our curriculum offers a full range of arithmetic, fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities to support our children now and in the future. We currently use the White Rose Maths Curriculum which is based on building pupils reasoning skills through a fluency build up to ensure a deep level of understanding.
From the moment you walk into our school, you will see the children actively engaged with their 10 in 10 morning work, which focuses on 10 arithmetic questions in 10 minutes to start the day. Alongside this, we also provide our children with 'Arithmetic Friday' where every year group has a specific arithmetic focus each week to build on these skills and provide opportunities for pupils to make effective links in their arithmetic understanding.
As a school, we love Times Table Rockstars and have recently introduced this for our pupils in year 1 to year 6. Before every maths lesson, you will see our children actively engaged in improving their multiplication knowledge as we take part in our 'Rockstar Starters'.