The curriculum at Almondbury Community School embraces all the learning opportunities a pupil can experience. It includes what is offered in formal, timetabled lessons as well as homework and the wealth of extra-curricular activities and experiences provided or supported by the school.
Engagement Phase (Nursery – Year 4)
The emphasis in this phase is on readiness for learning and on making learning engaging and fun. Engagement Phase pupils are based at the two centres: Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 are taught at the Greenside Centre; Years 3 and 4 are taught at the Fernside Centre. Pupils at the Fernside Centre have the opportunity to be taught by specialist subject teachers as well as their class teacher.
The content of our curriculum can be found on the school website in the Engagement Phase section. We send out a curriculum newsletter each half-term about our new topics and they are also available to view there.
Co-operation Phase (Years 5 – 8)
This phase provides continuity from the Engagement Phase and ensures that all pupils are ready for the challenges of the Aspiration Phase.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have specialist teaching in some subjects whilst still being provided with the nurturing environment which is fundamental to primary education. This is excellent preparation for the next stage in their education.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 complete the KS2 curriculum. As a minimum, they will be taught by the class teacher for the following lessons:
- Literacy and Book Study (10 lessons)
- Topic – History, Geography, Science, Art and Design and Technology (5 lessons)
- Personal Skills (1 lesson)
In Years 7 and 8 pupils study a variety of subjects.
The content of our curriculum for each subject can be found on the school website in the Cooperation Phase section.
Aspiration Phase (Years 9 – 11)
Pupils effectively begin studying for GCSEs in Year 9. All GCSE subjects are taught by subject specialists. Options choices are limited to subjects that we think will allow pupils to be successful and we guide pupils towards the most appropriate subjects for them. Achievement Leaders research the best specifications and keep pupils and parents fully informed about the requirements of the courses chosen.
The content of our curriculum for each subject can be found on the school website in the Aspiration Phase section.