Our aim is to inspire and educate each child so that they can fulfil their potential, acquiring knowledge and skills for independence that will enable them to become valued members of society.

The curriculum is taught in a variety of ways in order of frequency:

  • Whole-class groups
  • Small groups within classes and year groups
  • Ability groups within classes
  • 1:1
  • House groups (mixed age)
  • Mixed age groups for extra-curricular activities
  • Whole-school group e.g. in assemblies
  • By subject e.g. mathematics
  • By theme e.g. Bridges or Diwali (this may be inspired by a topic, event, tradition or festival)

Schemes of work are planned in conjunction with the School Curriculum Policy, Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 and National Curriculum 2014.

The School Curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences planned for the pupils and is in 5 parts:

1. The National Curriculum

Core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Foundation subjects:

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education

Additionally:

  • Religious Education

Religious Education (this is a legal requirement and Wokingham Borough Council is responsible for the syllabus we follow). This is taught discretely and through the school assembly programme.

  • Personal, social, health and economic education

The Department for Education (DfE) states PSHE is ‘…an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.’

It goes on to note that:
‘Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.’

The statutory duty on schools:
In spite of this flexibility, all schools have statutory duties to meet. As section 2.1 of the National Curriculum framework states:

‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’

2. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

STEM is a focus for the school and is evident in:

  • our aspirations for science and mathematics provision and achievement
  • our partnerships with further and higher education and other organisations
  • our thematic learning and specific projects e.g. Rockets
  • our pursuance of national awards e.g. CREST – this is a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects run by the British Science Association. It links the personal passions of pupils to curriculum-based learning
  • our use of technology to support teaching and learning e.g. interactive screen technology and Chromebooks for every child
  • our celebration of STEM subjects e.g. annual STEM Fair

3. Extra-curricular activities

The school offers a range of extra-curricular clubs to pupils in order to:

  • Add breadth to the curriculum
  • Provide children with access to subjects, sports and activities they might not normally be able to access
  • Provide children with ‘tasters’ which they may enjoy or demonstrate and aptitude for and may pursue beyond school

The following have and are likely to be offered before and after the school day:

  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Football
  • Multi-sports
  • Choir
  • Recorder
  • Judo
  • Streetdance
  • Drama
  • Hopdance
  • Benchball
  • Arts and Crafts

4. Breakfast and After-school clubs

Breakfast and After-school Clubs are organised on Playwork Principles and children attending have opportunities to play and rest.

5. Visitors, educational visits and residential trips

Visitors and educational visits e.g. to the Science Museum, are planned to enhance and support the curriculum. They are evaluated for quality and impact and chosen to support specific schemes of work.

Links:
National Curriculum
EYFS Curriculum
Wokingham Agreed Syllabus
STEMNET
Educational Visits Policy
Playwork Principles