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Curriculum Maps

The Curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of the pupils. Furthermore, pupils should be encouraged to have positive attitudes to study and learning. Learning how to learn, in a rapidly changing world, is paramount. It is equally important that pupils are prepared for a broad approach to life in society, particularly at a time of greater national and international awareness through the media and the web.

From our starting point we have taken the decision to focus on the children learnign core skills (English and Maths) and then replicating these over the curriculum. It is vital that these foundations are in place before the children move on. Details of the National can be found here:  

In Key Stage 1 phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds.

Spring 2018  Learning Maps

Ash Class Learning Map - click here to view

Beech Class Learning Map - click here to view

Willow Class Learning Map - click here to view

Maple and Spruce Classes Learning Map - click here to view 

Rowan Class Learning Map - click here to view

Oak Class Learning Map - click here to view

The term Curriculum means everything that is taught in school; it is of concern not only to schools but also to parents, governors, the Local Authority and the wider community. At Axminster the curriculum is broad, balanced and matched to the children’s individual needs. The areas of learning, which incorporate the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, include:

Core subjects 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information & Communications

Foundation subjects

  • History & Geography
  • Design Technology
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education & Games
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Technology


  • Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Sex Education
  • Religious Education

These subjects may or may not be taught separately within the curriculum but they are not taught in isolation from one another. For example, when children are involved in a Science activity, they may also be gaining experience helpful for their skills in mathematics and English. This is called a cross-curricular approach.

Teaching Styles

A variety of teaching styles and strategies are used, ranging from work with the whole class to group work and work with individual children. We encourage independent learning which allows full personal development. Children frequently work together on individual tasks to help them to acquire the co-operative skills which will be relevant to their adult lives. Staff is aware of the different ways children learn and design the classroom activities to ensure all children are included.

They also aim to have stimulating and well-organised classrooms that provide the children with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills i.e. communication, observation, study, problem solving, physical and practical, creative and imaginative, literary and numerical and personal and social.

Complaints about the National Curriculum

The Governing Body also provide for the consideration of complaints about the Curriculum within the school. If parents have a concern which has not been satisfactorily answered by, firstly, the class teacher, secondly, the co-ordinator and thirdly, the Headteacher, then they are urged to write in confidence to the Governor responsible for the particular curriculum area. The Local Authority has a set procedure for the hearing of complaints about the School Curriculum and Related Matters under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988. Copies of this procedure are available on request from the Headteacher.



Maple & Spruce classes

05 Feb 2018

Maple and Spruce class Pupils in Year 3 and 4 have been busy working on their latest topic – Extreme Animals.  The children have discovered a multitude of fascinating facts about animals – including...


18 Jul 2017

On Monday 26th June, Spruce and Rowan classes went to @Bristol Science Museum to support their learning of the science curriculum.  They had a fabulous day and were able to learn more about friction,...

Sports Day

18 Jul 2017

Today Axminster Community Primary Academy held its annual Sports Day.  Thankfully the recent heatwave was over and we were able to hold the event as scheduled.  Our children excelled in the various ev...

Axe Vale Festival

18 Jul 2017

The children of Spruce and Rowan classes have been working hard, with Mrs Hogarth the Art Teacher, designing a poster on the theme "Axminster Carnival" for the Axe Vale Festival. Although all the chil...

Tadpole update

18 Jul 2017

The tadpoles that Beech Class were studying last term have continued to thrive! 

Election Week

18 Jul 2017

Here at Axminster Community Primary Academy, a decision was made to change the names of our four team colours Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. With the general elections drawing closer, our school council...