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Curriculum

We are committed to a broad and balanced curriculum believing that this provides children with the most meaningful platform for learning. We teach the majority of subjects through topics - each class follows a specific topic plan. 

We encourage our children to use the outdoor environment to enhance their learning. With this in mind we incorporate a wide range of outdoor experiences, day trips and residential trips into our topic work.

Our Curriculum Drivers

INDUSTRY – We believe that education has an obligation to prepare children to be active, successful participants in the world of their future. The challenge facing today’s society sees an increasing global competition for employment and a rise of new industries and markets that will be established when our children are entering the world of work.
We feel this requires a curriculum that is responsive to rapid change that embraces resilience, responsibility, respect, reflection and resourcefulness at its core.  We aim to support children to work collaboratively, develop perseverance, determination and the diligence to perform tasks, no matter how challenging or simple. We endeavour to provide an ethos and environment to enable children to understand that making mistakes is an opportunity to learn.

COMMUNITY – We feel that it is important that our children acquire an understanding about where they live and of the wider world. Through learning about the world, they will develop their understanding of their role in society and gain respect for our environment, local and national communities and religions.

CREATIVITY – we feel that creativity helps our children to be innovative and encourages them to learn new things. It improves children’s communication, emotional and social skills. It can transform the way children acquire their learning and how they apply it in real life.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development (SMSC)

 

We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that gives children the opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life.

 

English

 

We use the Read Write Inc scheme to introduce letters and sounds which enables children to access reading and develop writing skills. This is introduced in the Reception class. In order to develop each child's ability to listen, speak, write and read fluently and independently we use an interesting and exciting variety of experiences involving stories, poetry, a wide range of writing resources and drama. We value and continually review the reading material available to all our children to encourage them to read for research and pleasure. 

Our well stocked library is made up of fiction and non-fiction books from a range of different publishers that support the national curriculum requirements.

We use the Joinit Handwriting scheme to teach handwriting and aim for every child to be using cursive handwriting by year 6.

 

Music

 

We wish to promote the many enjoyable aspects of music such as: making music, singing (via choir, hymn practice and assemblies) listening to music, performing in school productions and instrumental tuition and performance.

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