At the heart of our curriculum is the intention to lay firm foundations on which to build future studies. We aim for all our children to become powerful learners: resilient, resourceful, reflective and relating young people who are well equipped for life in the 21st century. We believe that these are essential skills for future success and happiness.
Pupils of all ages have positive attitudes to learning, showing initiative and self-discipline.
ISI Inspection January 2014
All the elements of the National Curriculum are covered with particular emphasis on core subjects. A full range of subjects, including Science, French, Classics, Geography, History, RS, Art, Design Technology, Computing, Music and PE, ensures a broad and balanced curriculum enabling all our pupils to benefit from a wide range of educational experiences.
In Years 3 and 4 children are predominantly taught by class teachers, with subject specialists in French, Art, Music, DT, computing and PE. Latin is also added to the programme in Year 4. From Year 5, most of the pupils’ weekly timetable is taught by subject specialists.
In English, pupils are taught the basic grammatical structure of language, with encouragement to develop oral and dramatic skills, wide reading habits and the ability to both talk and write intelligently. Our new library has an excellent selection of books which all pupils are encouraged to use.
Our approach to Mathematics enables pupils to gain confidence in basic numeracy and to develop higher level skills in problem-solving and algebra.
Our well-equipped IT Room is widely used to supplement work in many subjects, and to develop computing skills, including using coding; in addition, there are class sets of iPads which are important tools for learning. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard.
Physical Education plays an important part in the life of the children and it is taught by a qualified PE teacher. Physical Education forms an important part of our wider curriculum and all pupils participate. In the winter season, Football, Hockey and Netball teams compete very successfully with full fixture lists. During the summer, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics form the basis of our PE programme. Children are encouraged to enter national standards competitions such as Super Skills, 5-Star and BAGA award schemes.
The Music Department organises concerts and we have a junior and senior choir, an orchestra, wind band and guitar club who all perform to a very high standard. All pupils learn keyboard skills. They may also have lessons with our peripatetic piano, woodwind, flute, brass, violin and drum teachers who visit the school each week.
There is more information available in the Curriculum Overview