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Curriculum

Organisation

Andalusia Academy Bristol is organised into four phases (as below). While these phases are distinct from one another, curriculum links are made from one to the other as appropriate, to ensure smooth transition between these phases. Details for each of these phases can be found in the following sections.

  • Key Stage 1 
  • Key Stage 2

Overview

The children follow a broad and balanced curriculum, in accordance with the National Curriculum. In Primary (Key Stage 1 and 2), we teach the curriculum through a topic-based approach, which provides opportunities for our pupils to develop, embed and apply their knowledge in a variety of practical ways. We believe that this makes learning fun and exciting, as well as relevant to the world we live in. Subjects are integrated into topics which change across the school term by term, supplemented by themed experiences. At AAB, we constantly strive to ensure the curriculum is accessible by all, through several strategies. Where learning difficulties are suspected or identified, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator liaises with staff and students to support and enable effective learning by all (see SEN Policy 2021-2022). Throughout our phases, learning opportunities are also created to support our school KHAIR Values: kindness, honesty, aspiration, integrity, respect. Crucially, this supports our students learning about citizenship and key British Values and Muslim Values, in preparation to be active citizens in modern, multi-cultural Britain. 

Key Stages 1 & 2 

Key Stage 1 includes Years 1 and 2, while Key Stage 2 includes Years 3 to 6. There are distinct lessons in English and Maths, in addition to our integrated, topic-based approach to teaching and learning. Through this, we cover the National Curriculum subjects; Art and Design, Computing, Science, Geography, History and Physical Education. In addition, our curriculum also includes Arabic, Quran, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). There are weekly circle-time sessions which promote pupils emotional intelligence and an awareness of the positive contributions each pupil makes to their classroom community. There are also a number of extra-curricular activities to supplement learning and develop skills, some of which are within year groups and some take place in integrated year groups.

Literacy and Numeracy Speaking and listening skills

Literacy and Numeracy Speaking and listening skills are taught within the English curriculum. Literacy is taught by the English department and supported through other subjects. Numeracy is taught within the Maths curriculum and the skills are reinforced within many other subjects.

Differentiation

It is acknowledged that, whilst the intake of AAB is to a degree, selective, there is still a range of abilities within each cohort. Departments are expected to make provision for this within department schemes of work and staff are expected to take this into account in their teaching in a variety of ways. 

British Values

Andalusia Academy Bristol uses a Rights and Responsibilities approach to behaviour for learning. This is fully embedded, explicitly modelled, taught and implemented by all staff across the entire school with a clear system of celebrations and sanctions in line with our school policy. Our learners have a strong sense of their Rights and Responsibilities and can discuss their behaviour using the ‘language of choices.’

Our weekly assemblies ensure that social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning is promoted alongside British Values and an understanding of Equality. We are a school that values uniqueness and respect and we celebrate our differences. Our assemblies are not an ‘add on’ or ‘extra’, the message given in assemblies is truly what the school is about.

The Government guidance requires key ‘British Values’ are taught in all schools and academies. They define these in the 2011 Prevent Strategy as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief

We have clear policies on Equality and Diversity and are committed to promoting community cohesion and fostering good relations between all of the staff, learners and their families who form part of our community.

We understand the vital role that schools can play in ensuring that groups or individuals are not subjected to discrimination, bullying, harassment or intimidation. Our safeguarding policies and practices seek to prevent the radicalisation of our learners by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. We will actively implement our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to prevent discrimination against any individual or group, on grounds of religion or belief, race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and the other protected characteristics named in the Act.

We are dedicated to preparing learners for their adult life through the formal curriculum, and also through the hidden curriculum, ensuring that it models, promotes and reinforces British Values to all its learners. We use strategies within the National Curriculum and Islamic tradition to secure these outcomes.