The school believes passionately in providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced. When children enter school in Early Years Foundation Stage ( Reception) their curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, with seven areas of learning (three prime and four specific):
1 Personal, Social & Emotional Development (Prime)
2 Communication and Language (Prime)
3 Physical Development (Prime)
4 Literacy (Specific)
5 Mathematics (Specific)
6 Understanding the World (Specific)
7 Expressive Arts & Design (Specific)
Learning experiences are provided that meet the developmental needs of all children, carefully selected across the day to ensure children have a mixture of direct teaching and exploring their own interests.
National Curriculum 2014
When children move into Year 1, and during their next six years in school, the children’s curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014 and the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education (RE). The curriculum is organised into distinct subjects; English, maths, science, computing, history, geography, art and design, design technology, physical education, foreign language & RE. However, the school links the subjects whenever possible through planning interesting and exciting topics. These are shared with parents.
All children take part in personalised learning in English & maths with daily lessons. In other subjects, learning is based on programmes of work that help children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Children within each year group follow the same topic each term.
Click here to learn about what is taught in each subject for every year group.
We aim to foster enjoyment and enthusiasm for language learning in our children and have a whole school commitment to the teaching of French. An introduction to basic vocabulary, phrases and conversation is given in Foundation stage and Key Stage One that is extended throughout Key Stage Two. This structured programme is based on participation in fun activities and experiences involving a wide range of resources. For the past four years we have enjoyed weekly visits from a native French teaching assistant and for the past two years we have welcomed French students here as part of their teacher training programme.
The school views play as a crucial element in children’s learning, and as a way of developing their social skills. As part of their daily playtimes, children are encouraged to explore many different activities, interact with a variety of children and develop the capacity to make sensible choices in a ‘freer’ setting.
Children have many opportunities to take part in wider community events, such as sporting activities involving other schools and musical performances to audiences made up of people form the local community. At a recent concert one member of the audience said, ‘Thank you for giving us so much pleasure’. The school also encourages children to play a role in many charity events each year and participation in community involvement outside of school is recognised and celebrated.