Children inY1- 6 are taught the National Curriculum through topics. Our school curriculum design has continually evolved over the past few years and will continue to do so to ensure that it remains current and responsive to our children’s needs. During the Summer term each year, all the children make a list of the questions/topics they would like to learn about. We then use these ideas to plan the topics for the following year alongside the statutory National Curriculum.
We have chosen to have a strong emphasis on P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health Education) in order to help our children develop an understanding of how to form good relationships and how to understand what is going on in the world around them. We want them to develop skills for life which include: Teamwork, friendships, manners and a confidence to be able to handle themselves in a variety of situations; to know how to keep safe and to have a strong sense of self worth. We also explicitly teach the children how they actually learn so they can use these skills later on. In addition we ensure the children have regular opportunities to learn about environmental issues and their effect on the wider world.
Following our study of the Finnish education system, we experimented with each child choosing their own topic to study for one week each term. They had to present their work at the end of the week to each other and their class. This was extremely successful and we have continued to build on this during the year on year.
Every pupil follows five core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Information Technology and Religious Education. The other foundation subjects of P.S.H.E., History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education are taught to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.
From September 2014 a new National Curriculum has been implemented in all schools. We have a Long Term Plan which shows how we aim to ensure coverage of the curriculum over a two/four year rolling program, however, the topics we teach will alter according to the children’s interests. Please see our termly plans below as well as the children’s ideas for the academic year ahead.