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Curriculum 2019

Teaching and Curriculum Organisation

Wherever possible, subject areas are taught in a cross curricular way through topics, with the exception of Mathematics which is taught as a discrete subject from Year 1, to allow children to develop a depth of understanding. The teaching staff have chosen topics that will engage children’s curiosity and imaginations to bring out the best in their learning. These range from traditional topics such as ‘World War II’ to ‘The Spirit of Adventure’ a Geography based topic which uses the Disney Pixar film ‘UP’ as a visual stimulus and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ an upper key stage 2 topic comparing Britain to the Caribbean and looking into fair trade. Those subjects that do not lend themselves to the topic are taught discretely.

Many opportunities are sought to widen children’s experiences. Trips and visits to local areas, museums and exhibitions all form important parts of the curriculum; as do visiting speakers or workshops to give children first-hand experiences. Children also develop their own ways to present their learning including setting up their own museums for parents or design exhibitions to show off the development of many different skills over a term.

When teachers are planning for their class groups they will adapt the programme so that the children work at the level appropriate to their ability. We are committed to giving the widest possible range of opportunities.  There is an emphasis on breadth and balance across the whole curriculum, as well as a continuity and progression to challenge and encourage each child. The teaching staff have responsibility for co-ordinating a curriculum area throughout the school and they encourage the development and implementation of that area, keeping abreast of current educational thinking.

The primary curriculum has 3 stages:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) nursery and reception: 3-5 years old
  • Key Stage 1 (KS1) Years 1 and 2: 5-7 years old
  • Key Stage 2 (KS2) Years 3 to 6: 7-11 years old