Key Stage 1
At Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) the school seeks to provide a rich and stimulating environment designed both to fulfill the academic requirements of the National Curriculum, and to promote an environment where the children are encouraged to develop an awareness of their individual strengths and how to make use of them.
English, Mathematics and Science are taught by the class teacher, and the teacher concerned builds differentiation into the planning of each subject. Each class has a dedicated IT lesson using the latest portable devices. IT is taught by the class teacher as a cross-curricular subject. History, Geography and RS are taught within topics, each year following set topics that cover the requirements of the National Curriculum for that subject.
Throughout the KS1, some subjects are taught by specialist teachers and these may include French, music and PE. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught by the class teacher and complements the whole school programme, for example our AKS Wheel of Wellbeing.
Key Stage 2
At Key Stage 2 the children continue to follow the requirements of the National Curriculum, but begin to experience a greater breadth of opportunity that goes beyond its confines.
The added value of an AKS education ensures that all of our children foster a love of learning and develop a myriad of new skills that will prepare them for the challenge of the Senior School and beyond. We aim to bring out the very best in every child, both in and out of the classroom.
In addition to delivering the four core curriculum areas of maths, English, ICT and science, our children will enjoy timetabled lessons in the following subjects: geography, history, modern foreign languages (French, Spanish or German), enrichment, PE and games, music, art, PSHE, design technology and RS. Some subjects are specialist taught and are taught in specially designed and resourced rooms either in the Junior School or as part of a timetabled lesson in the Senior School.
All classrooms are resourced with Promethean interactive whiteboards to enhance your child's learning experience.
Progress is carefully monitored using a variety of assessment tools in maths and English every term, from Reception year onwards. This not only allows us to benchmark and target set but also provides us with important value added data. Progress and effort grades are regularly reported to parents at parents' evenings and written reports on a termly basis. Class Teachers are also available at any point in the school year to discuss individual progress. Children are also actively involved in assessing and evaluating their own progress and are encouraged to do so as part of our marking policy, on a daily basis. AKS Preparatory School recognises those children who may need extra support to help them with the learning that they find difficult or to provide extra challenges and opportunities in the subjects at which they excel.
Our classroom and outdoor learning is supported and enhanced by visiotrs and trips. Visitors to the school include authors, poets, musicians, scientists and drama companies. The children benefit greatly from trips to places as varied as The Grand Theatre, Cuerden Valley and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Annual residential trips in Britain or abroad, as well as a ski trip to France every other year, ensure that our children learn many character building skills. We base our character building skills on the Round Square Discovery Framework. This has six Pillars of: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. These dovetail into 12 Discoveries of: Inventiveness, Compassion, Sense of Responsibility, Communication Skills, Appreciation of Diversity, Courage, Teamwork Skills, Commitment to Sustainability, Tenacity, Inquisitiveness, Self Awareness and Ability to Solve Problems.
You can find more details in our whole school curriculum policy; please click here.
To view our 'Maths Calculation Guidance' document, please click here.