Teaching and Curriculum Organisation
Wherever possible, subject areas are taught in a cross curricular way through topics. 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 ‘Ancient Egypt’ to ‘London’ an upper key stage 2 topic to Castles in KS1. 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 and age group. 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 work as part of a team to develop the curriculum throughout the school and they encourage the development and implementation of that areas, 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