Our Approach to Learning is to promote pupil independence, resilience and ownership of learning. We develop each child as a confident, effective and reflective learner for life. We learn through whole school topics and work indoors, outdoors and off site so that learning is not segmented into subjects or just at school. Instead, pupils apply their knowledge, skills and ideas to all experiences.
The basic curriculum comprises of 5 core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, RE and eight foundation subjects of Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Citizenship, Physical Education (PE) and a language (currently Spanish in Lower Key Stage 2 and French in Upper Key Stage 2).
Because we are a Church School, pupils and their families can expect an RE curriculum that enables pupils to acquire a rich, deep knowledge and understanding of Christian belief and practice. Pupils can expect that teaching and learning will engage with biblical text and theological ideas. Pupils can expect that the RE curriculum will engage and challenge them through an exploration of core concepts and questions. Opportunities will allow pupils to explore a range of religions: world views, texts, beliefs, rituals and practices.
Teachers plan National Curriculum subjects at appropriate levels. Each child’s level of achievement is regularly monitored and assessed to ensure quality of learning, guarantee continuity and progression and to aid future planning. All pupils can access the whole curriculum and activities are differentiated according to ability and pupils grouped accordingly within their class. On occasion pupils may attend lessons in other classes to support or extend their learning.
Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability have access the whole curriculum through a range of interventions: differentiated or modified tasks; support from teaching assistants; in class peer support; advice from LA Specialist Teaching Teams; specialist equipment; provision outlined and targets set within ‘My Support Plans’ (MSP) and ‘Educational Health Care Plans’ (EHCP)
Our Creative Curriculum enriches the educational experience of children and provides opportunities for links between different areas of the curriculum with writing at the ‘heart’. They are taught through subject areas as well as through topics or projects. Throughout the day, the pupils experience different styles of learning including individual, group and whole class work with many practical activities and experiences. Part of the curriculum is taught through educational visits, themed weeks and visitors to school.
Theme days and Theme weeks are a chance for the whole school to come together to focus on a particular subject in a variety of fun, constructive and informative ways.
The majority of teaching time is spent with the child’s own class teacher. However, we feel it is important to use staff expertise and skills as extensively as possible. Therefore, pupils will be taught by staff other than their own class teacher
If you have any further queries about our school curriculum please contact our Headteacher, Mrs Sally Sutton, via the school office.
Please find details of year by year coverage and note that Maths, MFL and PE remain as stand-alone subjects and are therefore not recorded on the overview sheets: