At Krishna Avanti, we want pupils' experiences of education to be enjoyable and engaging. We expect all members of the school community, parents, families and staff, to work collaboratively with high aspirations and expectations of everyone, consistent with our values and ethos.
Our broad and balanced curriculum follows the National Curriculum, which is divided into three key areas as follows:
|The Early Years Foundation Stage
||(approx 3–5 years of age)
|Key Stage 1
||(approx 5–7 years of age)
|Key Stage 2
||(approx 7–11 years of age
The curriculum is thematic based; all subjects are interwoven to create a purposeful learning experience permeated by our mission statement. Most themes will begin with open ended questions to enhance children's critical thinking skills and independent learning.
Discrete learning occurs in core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, ICT and RE.
We do our utmost to maximise success for the children by giving them the very best teaching and learning experiences. We use a range of teaching methods to suit the needs of the children and subjects being taught. This includes whole class, small group support and child-initiated activities.
We value pupil led learning as a dynamic tool for ensuring high standards of education and self-esteem, confidence and motivation. This tool provides us with the opportunity to accelerate the learning experience for every child. We value the ‘Every Child Matters Agenda’ where each individual child is able to realise his/her own gift or talent.
The national curriculum in England provides children with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. At Krishna Avanti School we set high expectations foe every child and ensure that teaching and learning recognises children's individual needs.
Pupils are encouraged to develop skills of speaking and listening. Opportunities for self-expression are given in independent work, group work, class work, assemblies, drama and seasonal theatrical productions.
Daily literacy lessons will involve children in:
- Speaking, listening and responding
- Sharing both fiction and non-fiction texts
- Learning to read through a multi-sensory systematic approach to letters and sounds to develop handwriting and spelling
- Accessing a systematic reading programme where real books and colour-coded readers are used to provide support and challenges for all pupils
- Developing comprehension strategies and critical thinking skills
- Writing in different genres for different purposes and different audiences
We encourage children to use the classrooms and school library freely in order to facilitate reading books of personal interest and to research material. We endeavour to cultivate fluency of reading and love of books.
Children will develop their Mental Arithmetic Strategies from the Foundation Stage onwards by bringing maths into all areas of the curriculum. Pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study by using and applying numbers, algebra, shapes, space, measures and handling data. Children are encouraged to investigate mathematical problems and concepts and develop their ability to transfer skills. We use computers to help support and present mathematical work in an interesting, educational format.
We encourage parental support and request that you allow your child to participate in practical activities at home such as shopping, cooking, gardening, investigating and construction. For example, making pancakes provides a meaningful context where children can apply their literacy, numeracy and science skills in an exciting way.
In science, a new topic is taught every half term. Children use key investigative skills and undergo a series of practical experiments which encourage prediction, observation and evaluation. All classes have equipment and resources necessary to develop the skills of scientific enquiry. Our curriculum is enhanced by in-school visits from various scientific workshops.
Computers and ICT are increasingly used to support children's work in many areas of the curriculum. Children are taught specific skills that they can apply to their work wherever possible. They are given opportunites to use laptops and Galaxy tablets to further support their learning. We plan to develop this further and are purchasing brand new equipment to develop ICT skills.
Our school also follows e-Safety guidelines to ensure that children access only appropriate material on the internet and that they are always supervised by a member of staff whilst using the internet.
Please ensure that your child is supervised at all times when using Fronter and the internet for any school work done at home.
Our aim is to provide children with a wide range of experiences , with this in mind we have appointed teachers with expertise in Sanskrit, Philosophy & Ethics, Yoga, Music and Singing, Design and Technology. This has brought many exciting opportunities for our children and supports their learning. We also have teaching in instrumental music including the recorder, african drums, samba and gamalan.
Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE will be integrated through the Ethos, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics program and all aspects of the curriculum. We encourage our children to have respect and consideration for themselves and all members of the community. Sex and drugs education will form a part of our Personal and Social Education.
In order to bring the curriculum to life and to broaden the children's range of experiences, we arrange regular educational visits to enhance children's learning and enthusiasm. These are always closely linked to the subjects being taught at School. The outings will require a voluntary contribution; however no child will be excluded if they cannot pay.
Note: We have tried to ensure that the information provided is correct and up-to-date, however, information may change as the course requirements develop and in line with Avanti Schools' Trust central decisions.