Our curriculum is subject based and knowledge-rich ensuring that everything is appropriately sequenced to develop understanding and skill.
Our goal is to develop culturally literate pupils and our approach is consistent with the expectations of the Primary National curriculum.
Our curriculum brings together well-proven programmes from the UK and USA. Details of these can be found in the subject specific information below.
Our merit system rewards hard work and progress.
As a starting point children are taught to be aware of each subject they learn and its unique identity. Pupil versions of subject descriptions, or rationales, can be found around the school building to help children scaffold their learning. These rationales can also be found in subject information, below.
For more information on our curriculum, please contact the school office.
The teaching of reading begins in Reception when children are introduced to phonics. We follow a programme of synthetic phonics with Read Write Inc., which takes the learner incrementally through phases into full proficiency as confident readers.
Our teaching of reading ensures that comprehension develops at the same rate as decoding of print.
At the same time as the teaching of reading skills, we are determined that a love of reading and of good literature is taught to the children, promoting a life-long love of reading for enjoyment and as a source of information and knowledge.
Our English rationale for pupils can be found here:
Read, Write Inc.
This programme, a collaboration between Ruth Miskin, OBE and Oxford University Press, guides our teaching of writing and wider literacy.
Read Write Inc for Parents
We also use aspects of the Core Knowledge Language Arts scheme, to develop aural skills and comprehension, and recommend the ‘What Your Year 1/2/3/4/5/6 Child Needs to Know’ parent books for material to read-aloud to your children at home.
The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics Plato
We primarily teach maths using Numicon, where pupils study moves from the concrete to the abstract and is carefully sequenced.
In addition, we do Rolling Numbers for our KS1 pupils, and Times Tables Rock Stars for those in upper Key Stage 2.
On Rolling Numbers and Times Tables Rock Stars:
Our pupil Maths rationale is here:
A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots Marcus Garvey
History is organised chronologically and aims to broaden children’s awareness and understanding of the past, other peoples and cultures. Within our global history syllabus, children understand chronology and the history of the country they live in within the context of the wider world.
Our pupil rationale for History is here:
Geography focuses on the physical and human features of the planet we live on. We focus on the concept of place, learning how to recognise and describe the earth, we pay close attention to our home, the United Kingdom, and develop an in-depth understanding of world geography.
Our pupil rationale for Geography is here:
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way Georgia O’Keeffe
Art teaching has two strands; the making of art in which pupils use a range of media and styles to create their own art. The second strand is the meaning, or knowledge, of art, where pupils are introduced to important works of art that enrich their understanding of history and of the world they inhabit.
Our pupil rationale for Art is here:
We strive to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We teach the children to ask questions, while teaching them knowledge and understanding. We explore the main tenets of world faiths, in order to support children in developing their own values and principles.
This is taught throughout the school’s operation, as part of our community emphasis, through history, but also in the conduct we expect and our school rules where the modern British value of toleration is through exercising acts of respect for one another and our immediate environment.
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow Edward Teller
Our aim is to teach scientific knowledge and concepts so that children can understand how science works in everyday life. Balanced science activities, including practical work and investigations, are an integral part of the science curriculum.
Our science curriculum is called Developing Experts. It has been designed by American academic E.D. Hirsch with Sarah Mintey, an Attenborough researcher and a former Muppets puppeteer!
Our pupil rationale for Science is here:
Computing draws together the strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy, and seeks to equip children with computational thinking skills and the creativity they need to understand and change the world. Children learn the fundamental principles and processes of computation; they gain practical experience of writing code to solve problems and to model systems; they become skilled at creating high quality content using digital tools; and the become safe, responsible and critical users of technology.
Our pupil rationale for Computing is here:
In Computing, we learn about how technology works and how to use it safely.
Words we use in computing
- online safety
Mens sana in corpore sano ascribed to Juvenal (Latin phrase meaning ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’)
An emphasis on participation, learning key sports skills while understanding the specific rules of major sports, and a healthily competitive attitude combine to make sport an important feature of the school, both within the school day and after school.
Our school is fortunate to have a large pitch area, as well as other spaces in which team sports can be played. This means that at play times and in sports lessons the children have ample space to exercise and play matches, as well as to learn sports skills.
Inside, a spacious hall with traditional gym bars facilitates the teaching of gymnastics, dance and drama.
Sports Report – Coming soon
Our pupil P.E and sport rationale is here:
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent Victor Hugo
The teaching of music takes place in all classes weekly, as well as weekly times for children to sing together.
Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are offered tuition in guitar, piano and percussion and those who are learning an instrument are expected to arrive before 9 am in order to practice.
Our pupil Music rationale is here:
From Reception to Year Six we teach French, initially through songs and games, graduating to lessons in comprehension and grammar.
In an increasing globalised world, learning a modern foreign language equips our children with the skills to make connections with different people and cultures. Knowledge of a modern foreign language develops a confidence in pupils which equips them with the communication skills needed in Europe and a global marketplace.
Pupils will be taught to:
- listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding;
- explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words;
- engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help;
- speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures;
- develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases;
- present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences;
- read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing;
- appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language;
- broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary;
- write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
- describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
As part of the wider curriculum we will also be offering at least three sessions of Forest School to each pupil. This provision will be provided by Brainwaves CIC. Forest School encourages pupil-led exploration, resilience, practical problem solving and team work in the elements.