Children are taught a broad and balanced curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum:
Speaking and Listening
Talk is a key part of our curricular experiences and we encourage children to use language and communication in a purposeful and clear way, appropriate for different occasions and which invites responsive listening. Talk partners are a part of our lessons and children practise their speaking and listening skills in lessons as well as through drama and role play. Children have many opportunities to listen carefully to stories and discussion and to respond in different ways. We foster a culture of respecting and responding to the views of other children and adults in an appropriate way.
Reading is a key skill and we want children to have a love of books as well as to become fluent and life-long readers. We actively involve parents and carers in reading with their children, both at home and at school through enjoying and sharing books together. We have a wide range of high quality and differentiated resources and texts to support children’s reading.
We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. Phonics teaching starts in Reception and continues until the children are secure in applying their skills to reading. Each day the children are taught a different phonics skill, letter sound or blend and they take part in different activities to practice and consolidate the sounds they have learnt.
All children are encouraged to write creatively and in a variety of different genres, through differentiated teaching. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught discretely during all writing opportunities.
In Reception and KS1 creative writing and shared writing opportunities are promoted whereby children become keen emergent writers.
In KS2 writing is more formalised whereby children’s opportunities for extended writing are planned as a ‘Big Write’. Samples of these extended writing outcomes are then used for assessment purposes.
We endeavour to make mathematics fun and creative at our school whereby our children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics such as the four operations and arithmetic. We encourage children to solve increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop their conceptual understanding, as well as their application skills.
Children are taught to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and using mathematical language.
Children are encouraged to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
We teach the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries or working scientifically strands to help children answer scientific questions about the world around them.
Additionally, children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science in real life contexts.
Art and Design
Children encouraged to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. They are taught to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Children research and learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and also understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Pupils learn to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. They are taught to analyse problems in computational terms, and have opportunities for practical experiences of writing computer programs in order to solve problems. All pupils are carefully supported to
be confident yet safe and responsible users of technology.
Our specialist music teachers encourage children to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Pupils perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
The school’s choir learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others. Children understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation.
R.E. is taught according to the Harrow Agreed Syllabus. This allows children to learn about the six major world religions. The use of special books, workshops, assemblies and trips to places of worship; develops pupils’ understanding and respect for different faiths and cultures.
Modern Foreign Languages
It is not statutory to teach a modern foreign language in EYFS and KS1; however we encourage children to listen and respond to games, songs, rhymes and familiar stories in the chosen modern foreign language (French).
We ensure every child has the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations. In KS2 we teach French in Years 3 & 4 and Mandarin in Years 5 and 6. We have specialist teachers in both languages who deliver lessons to all our pupils.
Children enjoy learning history and geography, whereby exciting cross curricular links to other subjects and regular school excursions help inspire and engage them. History In EYFS and KS1 children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.
In KS2 children learn about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world.
In the EYFS, children learn about their immediate environment and how to read and draw simple maps using invented and conventional symbols.
In KS1 and KS2, the children study local features and then begin to extend their learning outside their local area to other parts of the UK. The children are also taught various geographical skills such as: use of maps, atlas work and coordinates. They observe the weather, climate, population, settlements, natural resources, animals, plants and this work is also supported by field work.
There is a strong emphasis on physical education and promoting healthy lifestyles across the school. Children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators.
Children take part in games, gymnastics, dance and athletics using the indoor and outdoor environments where appropriate. Children swim in Year 4 and receive ‘top up swimming’ in Years 5 and 6 if required (so that all children are able to swim at least 25 metres by the end of KS2)
Children also actively take part in after school sports clubs and have many opportunities to compete against other schools.
Sex and Relationships Education
A programme of SRE taught across the school provides accurate and age related information to all our pupils about the body, reproduction and sexual health. It also promotes the importance for building positive, respectful relationships and staying safe both on and offline.
Personal, Social and Health Education
The PSHE curriculum promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It enables pupils to develop the knowledge and understanding of their own and different beliefs. We prepare children to understand their rights, responsibilities, develop integrity and independence in building respect for their environments and communities.