The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extracurricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children.
We believe that the curriculum we deliver should challenge, engage and inspire our pupils wherever possible. We have planned our “Creative Curriculum” with the intention of offering: “a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based” and which:
1. Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society (including an appreciation of and respect for British Values ), and
2. Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.” (National Primary Curriculum September, 2013)
In our Foundation stage class (Chestnuts – YR) children follow a specific curriculum known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile. Within the profile, there are three prime areas: Communication and Language; Physical development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Supplementary to these three prime areas are the four ‘specific’ areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive arts and design. The EYFS profile is based on ongoing observation and assessment and learning activities are planned weekly, to reflect children’s interests and cater for different learning styles.
Across both Key stages, the school curriculum is delivered through a cross-curricular topic-based approach. It has been planned so that every statutory learning requirement stated within the programme of study is covered at least once in the key stage or year group where it is specified in the September 2013 curriculum framework document. Six topics are taught per year in key stage 1 and three per year at key stage 2.
You will see more details of each year group’s curriculum on the ‘class page’ section of the website. Scope has been left within each topic for teachers to expand or refine the learning opportunities to reflect the interests and suggestions of each class, with the understanding that such variance is supplemental to the statutory requirements of the National curriculum. All learning activities will be planned with the intention of being fully inclusive and of fully developing the pupils’ Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural understanding.