As a school we follow the 2014 National Curriculum.
A broad curriculum will introduce the children to a range of concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes with balance that ensures each area of learning and experience will be given appropriate attention in relation to the curriculum as a whole.
A coherent curriculum is planned as a whole to ensure that the different areas of learning and experience are not unconnected but contribute to overall progress and achievement.
It is relevant and will take account of the previous learning of children and their readiness for new experiences.
This involves matching tasks to children’s individual abilities and aptitudes. Children are taught according to their abilities and aptitudes.
The curriculum is organised so that children’s skills, knowledge and concepts are extended in a systematic way without unnecessary repetition or sharp changes in the levels of achievement expected of them.
In the Foundation Stage children follow the statutory framework for the Foundation Stage. This consists of seven areas of learning; three prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language and four specific areas or Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.
Year One and Year Two cover Key Stage One of the new National Curriculum (September 2014). Year Three, Four, Five and Six cover Key Stage Two. This consists of ten subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Physical Education. We also teach Religious Education and Personal Social Health Education to all children and French in Key Stage Two. The content for each curriculum area is detailed on our school website, however changes may be made.
We are committed to ensuring our children are physically active. Through the PE curriculum children enjoy a range of activities including team games, dance, gymnastics and swimming. We participate in a range of competitions against other schools throughout the year. We also offer a wide variety of extra curricular activities to cater for children's different talents and interests. These vary from term to term but generally include sporting, musical and arts clubs as well as special interest clubs.
Our curriculum is enhanced by special events within school and the network, which for example includes visiting drama groups, musicians, dance experts, sports specialists as well as historians, local artists and speakers. Visits are made in the local community, day visits and residential visits. Special curriculum events and assemblies also enrich the curriculum offered.
OFSTED December 2013 states:
- The teaching of reading is well structured and effective in improving pupils' skills. Pupils of all ages and abilities enjoy reading and have good opportunities in lessons to read for different purposes.
- Teachers are skilful in using discussion and exemplar materials to prepare pupils for writing in different styles. For example, pupils were able to be very precise about writing recipes for cookery because they had tried and tested recipes in a practical cookery lesson.
- Pupils enjoy learning and want to do well. They listen attentively and usually contribute confidently in lessons.
- Through curriculum topics and working with a range of visitors, pupils show respect for the different communities and lifestyles in the world beyond school. A well-established link with a school in Kenya, that includes a teacher swap, extends pupils' experiences of the diversity in the wider world.
- The school has developed its curriculum so that it is more creative. Increasingly, it provides exciting and meaningful experiences that captivate pupils and develops their literacy and numeracy skills methodically.
- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of learning are promoted well through activities in and outside the classroom.