The National Curriculum gives us guidance as to what children should know, understand and be able to do in each of the different subjects. Each teacher sends home a class letter each term outlining the main topics and themes that will be taught throughout that term and the trips and activities are connected to it.
We aim to teach much of this through carefully planned and structured topics or projects, but when it is appropriate any subject is taught discretely. PE, for example, is usually taught as discrete subject, but may be integrated into topic work.
Work in English incorporates the Literacy Hour. All children from Year 1 upwards spend an hour every day carrying out carefully structured activities aimed specifically at improving their reading and writing.
Work in Mathematics is based around the National Numeracy Strategy. Children usually work in ability groups within their class. The lesson will start with a mental warm up and then be followed by a teacher lead session on a specific objective.
The children will then follow this up with group work and the session finishes with a short plenary.
The curriculum for under-fives in the Nursery and Reception classes is based around the Government’s Foundation Stage curriculum for the Early Years. It is planned on a half-termly and then weekly basis based on the Early Learning Goals. There is also further differentiation of the curriculum to allow for younger children that join the nursery throughout the year following turning three years old.
Over time all children receive a balanced and broad-based experience. Cross-curricular themes such as Health education, school trips and the provision of extra-curricular activities increase the breadth and richness of the education provided.
We also have whole class musical instrument teaching in Year 3 and 4 with children being afforded the opportunity to continue their chosen instrument in smaller groups in Years 5 and 6 without charge.