The aims of our curriculum
We aim to provide a curriculum which is broad, balanced and rich. Enrichment opportunities are carefully selected to enhance and widen the breadth of knowledge and understanding that our children gain over their time with us. These are both on-site (Forest School & visitors to the school) and off-site (sailing, woodland, trips to London, Flip Out).
Our curriculum is designed to make links between different subjects, where these make sense, but also to take ‘deeper dives’ into stand alone subjects, where this is the more logical approach.
Through a knowledge-led curriculum, children gain an understanding of the world around them as they refine and develop their skills across all subjects.
Our greatest aim is to prepare children for the next phase of their learning journey and for the world of work beyond.
A focus on providing children with the tools to become amazing learners is a key strand in our EYFS and into Year 1. Children are provided with hands-on opportunities to take risks and to develop the collaborative social skills they will rely on as they move through the school and into the wider world. Alongside these ‘foundations for learning’, a focus on developing the basic maths skills and securing a working phonic knowledge are paramount. Our school chooses the Read Write Inc scheme to support the delivery of phonics. Across KS2, the focus shifts to developing the skills of retrieval, inference and understanding authorial intent as part of the teaching of reading, while writing is taught through a clear sequence of learning, so that skills taught build up into coherent, complete pieces of text. Our school chooses ‘PowerMaths’ to support the planning and delivery of a consistent maths approach in which children develop skills and knowledge over time.
The Broader Curriculum
Across KS2, subjects such as History and Geography are taught as three overarching themes. These themes are ‘Discover’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Create’ and they last for a seasonal term. 'Discover' is heavily weighted towards History, 'Explore' is heavily weighted towards Geography with 'Create' being heavily weighted in favour of Art & Design, Design Technology and Music. Each overarching theme will still contain aspects from across the curriculum.
Computing, Music, PSHE, Science and RE are taught as ‘stand-alone’ subjects for the most part, although links are made to other learning where possible. Our RE is mostly delivered through termly RE focus days. These centre around key questions and are intended to be creative, immersive experiences.