Our School Curriculum
'My child always comes home happy and wants to go to school. She is eager to learn and enjoys the topics she covers.'
Quote from Parent Questionnaire feedback - April 2017
The thematic approach to learning and the curriculum is a particular strength of our school. Learning is organised in 6 termly themes across the year. Teachers develop creative cross-curricular links through each theme enabling the children to engage easily and to apply their skills across the new 2014 curriculum. We give high priority to providing opportunities where children can learn through first hand experience so learning is motivating and fun.
The New National Curriculum 2014
The main aim of the New Curriculum is to raise standards. It is Inspired by what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland, as well as in the best UK schools and is designed to produce productive, creative and well educated students.
Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.
- Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling(for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
- Handwriting – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
- Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills
- Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)
- Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
- By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12(currently 10x10 by the end of primary school)
- Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic
- Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
- Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time
- Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system
Design & technology
- Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
- More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics
- In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world
- Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
- From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
- From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
- Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools
- Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2
- Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language
Curriculum overviews for each year group
Please see below for our New National Curriculum that shows the coverage for each Year Group and the end of year expectations.
For a more detailed overview of the topics covered in each class please see the 'Long Term Overviews' on the Class Pages.