Our school's curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the various extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the children's experience. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum' – what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We want children to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and cooperate with others while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to achieve their true potential.
We endorse the aspirations concerning the curriculum that are set out in the DCSF document Excellence and Enjoyment 2003, and we seek the highest standards of attainment for all our children. We also value the breadth of the curriculum that we provide. We aim to foster creativity in our children, and to help them become independent learners. Above all, we believe in making learning fun.
The National Curriculum – What’s Changed?
For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school!” Things change quickly in education and over the last few years, we have been experiencing a great deal of change, including in the National Curriculum.
The core subjects
English, Maths and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning each week. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design and Technology, Foreign Languages (French in our case), Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, the details in the National Curriculum are significantly briefer and schools have much more flexibility regarding what they cover in these subjects.
Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum has focussed on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas, the content of the primary curriculum has become more demanding than in the past. For example, In Mathematics, there is a greater focus on the skills of arithmetic. In English, more attention is paid to the study of grammar and spelling.
Find out more about each area of the curriculum here from the options on the menu.