- Our Curriculum
- assessing children’s learning
- the School Council’s Learning To Learn Charter
- and information about how our school supports children’s development through nurture and support for Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
The Foundation Stage (the Reception Class)
In the Foundation Stage, early learning skills from Development Matters are taught through topics that interest the children.
These topics change at least half termly, but often more frequently. As they come from the children’s interests, the topics cannot be identified in advance, but recent examples include: All about Me, Pirates, Super Heroes, Christmas, The Garden Centre, Space and Sea Life.
Children plan the topic with the class teacher and this planning is recorded in the class ‘Talking and Thinking Book’ which is shared with families.
The skills taught can be found at www.early-education.org.uk/development-matters
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Keys Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 we have an ‘integrated curriculum’ which means that rather than teaching children about each subject (such as literacy, history, science) separately, we teach skills and knowledge which overlap, through topics.
So, for example, the Year 6 children learn writing skills and knowledge of history while working on a project about the Victorians.
Class topics changes about each half term. The topics are planned in advance but are changed according to the children’s interests as well as special local, national and international events. Each class’s topics are shown on the ‘curriculum overview topic grids’ and further detail is available in the termly class ‘Curriculum Newsletters’, both available on the Class Pages.
Some subjects such as maths, French and music are usually taught separately.
There is more detail about the skills children will develop in individual subject areas on the ‘Curriculum’ page.
You might also be interested in looking at the National Curriculum available at
We also make sure that our curriculum is ‘creative’, meaning that it gives children lots of opportunities to use their imagination – such as when using the Role Play area of each classroom. The dedicated role play and themed activities areas in each classroom are organised around different themes each term, to enable children to explore their class ‘topic’ through play and practical activities. Our role play and themed activities are run by Mrs Catherine Simmonds.
Underpinning the curriculum are the values we teach our children, such as confidence and independence.
You may have seen on the news that the government are promoting the PREVENT strategy, and the teaching of ‘British Values’ in schools.
You can view more information about the Prevent strategy here:
If you would like to know more about how any of this works in practice please come into school and speak to your class teacher or Mrs Fitt.