What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
The curriculum provides every pupil with a broad and balanced learning experience. It meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for primary pupils but has been shaped by the teaching team so that it is exciting and engaging and generates many opportunities for children to use and apply the skills and knowledge they are acquiring.
The curriculum is underpinned by four core subjects:
- English – the discrete teaching of this subject occupies around 40% of our teaching time although the consolidation of key reading and writing skills underpins everything we deliver to pupils.
- Mathematics – there is a focus on number, measurement, statistics and geometry. Around 30% of our teaching time is spent on the discrete delivery of mathematics although consolidation of the key skills occurs in many subjects across the curriculum including geography, science, art and design and technology.
- Science – there is a focus on the three science subjects: biology, chemistry and physics. These include units such as animals and their habitats, evolution and inheritance, states of matter, electricity and forces. Around 10% of the curriculum is spent on teaching and learning in science.
- PSHE – is at the heart of our curriculum and believe pupils need to develop high-esteem and the ability to think well in order to achieve in all other areas of the curriculum.
In addition to these core subjects we also teach:-
- Computing – there are three main components of computing: computer science which includes children learning how to program and control simple devices and use computer code, information technology – the ability to organise, manipulate, retrieve and save digital content – and digital literacy which enables children to learn about how to use technology safely and respectfully and to recognise common uses of technology in school and beyond.
- History – a range of units are delivered and we have generated an extended local history project in which all year groups participate for half a term each year. Children learn a range of skills including how to use and evaluate the reliability of sources of evidence and a sense of chronology is developed over time.
- Geography – a range of units are delivered which allow children to learn about the human and physical geography of their local area, the UK and the wider world. Children also learn mapping and field work skills.
- Art – children study a range of artists and work with different media to acquire core artistic skills
- Design and Technology – this subject requires pupils to evaluate a need in the market, consider an appropriate design, make a product and then review the process. Where possible, children are given real life design and technology problems to solve and use a variety of tools with increasing complexity over their time in the primary phase. Food technology also makes up a significant part of the curriculum and pupils are expected to learn how to make six savoury meals before leaving Year 6.
- Music which includes regular opportunities for signing and playing musical instruments for composition.
- PE – children learn a range of techniques and games during their lessons. They will also learn how to evaluate their own and others’ performances during games, considering the skills and techniques that have been taught.
We encourage pupils to be reflective learners, to review aspects of their own learning and be actively involved in planning next steps or learning opportunities.
An overview of the curriculum for each year group for each term is available on the school website. In English and mathematics, the National Curriculum is used to identify the teaching and learning content for each year group.
Clubs and extra-curricular activities
There are opportunities for children to be involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities throughout the year. As in all other aspects of school life we encourage the involvement of parents in helping to provide these activities, and are very grateful for the time and additional expertise they give to us.