Educating to ‘promote life in all its fullness’.
Although our Schools’ follow all the requirements of the National Curriculum, we are proud to offer a much wider and richer curriculum, making the most of the many and varied opportunities to both broaden and enrich the learning opportunities for all our children.
We have developed a curriculum pledge which outlines how our Christian School Vision and Values shape and direct our curriculum.
The outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that schools are required to cover is provided by The National Curriculum (revised in Sept 2014). Much of this is taught through creative, cross-curricular themes where children will learn different elements from a range of subjects, all within one common theme.
The National Curriculum comprises core and foundation subjects. The three major core subjects are English, mathematics and science and these take up a larger share of curriculum teaching time. As church schools, we also regard religious education and worship as part of our core provision. The foundation subjects are: art and design, computing, design and technology, languages (KS2), geography, history, music and physical education. This curriculum is extended with other aspects of learning, including personal, social and health education. We also place significant emphasis on social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our children.
Sport and music further enrich the life of our children and a wide range of sporting opportunities are offered, particularly for our older children and some of our teams have proved to be very successful.
Participation in musical activities begins with glockenspiels and hand-bells in Years 1 and 2, leading to the whole of Year 3 learning to play the recorder. Children continue to gain further musical experiences in Years 4 and 5 through djembe and glockenspiel work, and learning basic keyboard skills in Year 6. Children can also choose individual musical tuition in Years 3 to 6 – currently this includes keyboard, guitar, drums, brass and woodwind. SongSquad, our junior school choir is also a key part of school life. As well as singing in school and church they have participated in big public events such as the Music for Youth festival at the Adrian Boult Hall.