KS1 (ages 5-7)In Key Stages 1 and 2, we encourage children to be academically inquisitive and to take responsibility and initiative.
Our curriculum aims: to provide a stimulating, happy, friendly environment; to allow organised, structured, and secure learning; to build self-confidence and increase respect for self, others and the environment; to develop children’s natural curiosity and foster a desire to learn; to provide activities that allow skills to be practised and knowledge to be acquired; to create and celebrate success; for children to be self-reliant and self-disciplined; for children to co-operate and form relationships, laying the foundations for success in adult life.
We integrate subjects so that we can form links between them and give coherence to children’s learning. We plan our curriculum carefully across long, medium and short timescales. Firstly, we choose themes across the school so that we have continuity and progression between year groups. Secondly, we break down our schemes of work into termly and half-termly sections to make sure that children’s study follows a logical progression. Finally, we write detailed weekly plans, so that we match teaching methods, activities and resources to the needs of all the children in a class. This also lets us communicate clearly with parents what we are covering with children.
As children progress through Key Stage 2, we ensure that the standards achieved by our year 6 students prepare them for the best possible transfer to our secondary school. They leave us not only with a wide knowledge base, but as independent learners who are able to organise their thoughts and take risks when they learn.