Curriculum

Learning to be the best we can be together with God's love.

Main Curriculum

At Ambleside CE Primary School we deliver a broad and balanced creative curriculum which designed using the National Curriculum as a starting point.    We have also designed our curriculum to incorporate learning from topics and subjects in our local surrounding areas.  For example, we study historical figures from the Lake District and investigate geographical features of the local area.  We strive to include learning in the outdoors as much as possible as we believe that children benefit greatly from this.

Our primary curriculum includes the core areas of learning and experiences which are essential to children's development and which are defined within the National Curriculum.  

These are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Religious Education

Our Religious Education follows the agreed syllabus from the Diocese of Carlisle. Children also study the following foundation subjects through a topic themed, cross-curricular approach (where possible, incorporating the core subjects).

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • PE
  • Design Technology
  • PSHE

In PSHE, children take part in weekly circle times which explore issues related to our Christian Value of the month.  During these sessions, children also take part in activities related to issues such as online safety and further learning stemming from talks from the school nurse.  Every year, children take part in sessions on the Life Education bus; learning about how to stay healthy and safe.

Our school is a registered Kidsafe school.  Following the Kidsafe programme, our children are taught how to keep themselves safe, how to deal with bullying and how to look after themselves online.

In Key Stage 2, children take part in fantastic residential visits. These are valuable experiences for our children – they provide opportunities to develop the class community through team building activities, whilst developing other important life-long learning skills.   We have taken them to Edinburgh, London, and a variety of Outdoor Education centres such as Lakeside YMCA.  This variety ensures that children are made aware of what their local area can offer them and to allow children to experience a complete contrast to where we live.

Sports Provision

We place a great deal of importance on children's physical fitness and development. Every Monday, children in Key Stage 2 run a mile at the start of the day.  In Year 4 swimming lessons are also part of the physical education curriculum.

We have very good facilities for sport including football and rounders pitches, a netball court and playground spaces for games.  We have 2 mutil-sport goals to help facilitate basketball and other invasion games.

Our hall is also used for indoor sport and is large enough to play a variety of indoor games. We also have a number of coaches who come into school to deliver specific sports training to both staff and children.

Religious Education & Acts of Worship

Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum that extends children's understanding of the world in which we live. As a Church of England School, the Christian ethos of the school and the Christian values that guide us are apparent in every aspect of school life.  Our core Christian Values were agreed by the school community: pupils, staff, parents and members of the local governing body.

Children learn about a variety of religions and the attitudes and values of different communities and faiths. They are encouraged to explore their feelings, attitudes and values as individuals and as members of the local community and the wider world.

Regular collective acts of worship bring the children together each day of the week. These assemblies mainly reflect the traditions of Christian belief and promote shared values, tolerance and respect for others.  

If you feel that your child needs to be excused from attending collective worship or religious education lessons please discuss your concerns with the Headteacher.


Early Years Curriculum

In our Early Years Class your child is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  At Ambleside CE Primary School we personalise your child’s learning by observing their key interests and developing their skills through their passions.  Your child may come home every day and inform you that all they have done is ‘played’.  This is planned play, specifically focused to ensure children are gaining the benefit of a relaxed learning environment.  We aim to support and develop children’s learning through encouraging positive attitudes towards work.  

We offer a happy, active, exciting and fun and secure Early Years’ experience for your child that supports their development, care and learning needs.

In Ambleside CE Early Years, led by Mrs Dickinson, a senior leader in education, experienced practitioners implement the Early Years curriculum to support your child’s learning and development in seven areas, working towards the Early Learning Goals:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy Development
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Your child will enjoy a wide range of activities and experiences.  All of these experiences are planned play and support your child’s next step in their learning.