CURRICULUM
Our curriculum, based on the New National Curriculum, promotes high levels of achievement and good behaviour. There is challenge, progression and opportunities for enrichment thus ensuring a thirst for knowledge and love of learning. Our broad and balanced curriculum enables successful outcomes in reading, writing, communication and mathematics. As a result, pupils are well prepared for each key stage, including secondary education, and for adult life in modern Britain. The enrichment opportunities, including Saturday morning provision, offered to the pupils are of a very high quality and have a positive effect on all areas of school life. We promote the basic skills within all the subjects and, where appropriate, links between the different subjects will be made. The cost of all Educational Visits will be borne by the school so that every child can experience aspects of the curriculum first hand.

Our successful literacy curriculum comprises the Read Write Inc synthetic phonics approach for younger children and the Read Write Inc Language and Literacy scheme for the older children. We have developed the Nelson Maths System for the teaching of mathematics. All the foundation subjects are taught in blocks. Your child will spend 1 or 2 weeks learning each foundation subject and there will be a clear progression of skills in all subjects. PE, RE and French will be taught weekly; Geography and History will each be taught for 3 units per year and Art, Music and Design Technology for 4 units per year. Computing will be included in all subject areas, with discrete skills lessons being taught where appropriate.

The development of SMSC is intrinsic in all aspects of school life including a wide range of opportunities for children to engage in extra-curricular activity and supporting others in their local and global communities.
We have retained some of the good features of our previous curriculum but there are some notable changes:

  • There is a stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic
  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language
  • Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time
  • Design & technology is afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in French.(Other schools may learn different languages.)