All children are taught within the early years foundation stage (EYFS) guidance until they are ready for the national curriculum. Both the EYFS guidance and national curriculum are laid down by the Department for Education (DfE) and are designed to ensure that all children follow a broadly similar path through school.
The national curriculum
The national curriculum is divided into a number of key stages, and these are taught to the children as follows:
- Early years foundation stage: 4-5 year olds (reception)
- Key stage 1: 5-7 year olds (years 1-2)
- Key stage 2: 7-11 year olds (years 3-6)
The national curriculum:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society and
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
For more details of the curriculum term by term, see individual class and subject pages.
Key stage 1 use the phonics scheme Letters and sounds on GOV.UK website [PDF], supported by Phonics bugs for reading and phonics. They then move on to coloured book bands until they are ready to join the accelerated reading scheme.
How we teach the national curriculum
Staff at the school teach the national curriculum objectives and skills in an imaginative and stimulating way. Great importance is attached to providing a broad and rich range of experience with particular emphasis being placed on arts and sports provision.
There are various musical projects throughout the year to include choir concerts and a well-produced Year 6 musical at the end of the school year. Music is taught in most year groups by a specialist music teacher.
The manner in which the curriculum as a whole is delivered will reflect the needs of the individual child. Teachers use a variety of approaches. Sometimes the children are taught individually, sometimes as a whole class and sometimes in small groups. The approaches used are carefully structured so that each child feels secure and is able to learn effectively and at an appropriate level.
Staff manage individual levels of development in a sympathetic way whilst promoting independence and self-motivation. Children are encouraged to value the efforts of others and to appraise their own.
The value of first-hand practical experience in developing children’s understanding is recognised, and the school aims to give opportunities for this whenever possible. Children are offered a wide variety of experiences within a stimulating environment. We seek to invite visitors into school to share their knowledge or to give demonstrations as well as looking for stimulating educational visits that support the work in class. Each year the whole school takes part in world book day where we dress up as famous book characters and take part in fun activities.
Above all, our aim is to enable our children to succeed in all they do and raise their self-esteem and self-motivation. In doing so, we will help them on their journey to fulfil their academic potential whilst nurturing them to become well-adjusted members of society.
The school has received several awards in recognition of its outstanding curricular work. These include:
- Artsmark gold award
- International schools award
- Healthy schools award
- Dyslexia friendly status award