Curriculum

We believe it is important for our children to develop a love of learning, an enthusiasm for knowledge and a confidence to share their ideas and thoughts with others around them. To help in this, our curriculum is creative and diverse – and is helps all of our children to flourish. We encourage an active engagement in their own learning, self-challenge and a respect for the rights of others to learn.

How we do this

From Nursery through to the end of Year 6, our children, teachers and parents/carers work together to take learning forward – and to support independent thinking. Our teachers make learning exciting, practical, and engaging. It’s always been our ambition to enhance the national curriculum requirements with a varied and balanced programme of enrichment activities that enthuse our children across the school.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Nursery and Reception classes work closely together creating opportunities for children to become well-rounded individuals who love school and are confident coming into the classroom and exploring learning through the three Prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development – and also the four Specific Areas of Learning: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, from the Early Years Framework and Guidance.

Our Early Years curriculum is practical, engaging, active and multi-sensory. Our staff work together to carefully plan a good balance of adult directed activities and child-initiated activities that is consistent across the classes.

Key Stage 1 and 2

From Years 1-6, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum, offering our children a broad and balanced curriculum, whilst maintaining a focus on developing key English and Maths skills. Our teachers plan a range of exciting lessons that develop children’s knowledge, understanding and basic skills alongside promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Phonics

From Nursery we teach the Read Write Inc approach to Phonics. This is taken further into Key Stage 1 to ensure that we have a consistent approach to developing reading and writing across the school.

Reading schemes

All the children have access and are encouraged to select from a wide range of books from our well-stocked library. We follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and Read Write Inc schemes. Reading in our school is a high priority and children will read either individually or through guided reading sessions every day. Within these guided reading sessions teachers and support staff will work with small groups of children and will focus on specific reading objectives. The children will learn the mechanics of reading, explore texts, infer information from the text and deduce why characters behave a certain way within a story.

Outdoor learning

We know we are fortunate to have beautiful and extensive grounds for our children to thrive in. Our outdoor environment is an integral learning space for our Early Years Nursery and Reception classes and we encourage our children to be learning outside in all weathers. Our children take great pride in all aspects of our learning space from the Fairy Village to the wooden stages we use for outdoor role plays. We run Forest School sessions to encourage our children to further explore their surroundings in a fun and educational approach to Science, English and Maths challenges.

Want to know more?

If you want to find out more about our curriculum or our teaching and learning, please do get in touch. Our classes have also created their termly Curriculum Newsletters and Long Term Plans for you to find out about the learning your children will be doing this term.