We believe that our most important task is to equip children with the skills and knowledge for their future, reaching far into the C21. We celebrate the present, are fascinated by the past and, in learning about both, we invite the children to wonder at what lies ahead. How will these citizens shape the world for the better?
We follow the Revised National Curriculum 2014 and have developed an integrated Long Term Plan to best meet the needs of learners in our school. This is flexible in design and teachers enjoy reviewing and reinventing units of learning. As one half of The Bridge Federation, we follow our own separate Curriculums but share ideas and resources for two out of three terms. A development we are working on is to share our Summer Term topic across both schools in all year groups; this summer the theme will be ‘Woodlands’. This enables cross fertilisation of ideas and hopefully creates opportunities for the children to mix and learn together too.
Our quality curriculum ensures sound learning progress. Each class experiences a broad and balanced set of topics across a year, often with a Humanities or Science focus. We value all the expressive arts and appreciate the impact on children’s spiritual development if they can dance, paint and act out their understanding of the world. We use an enquiry based approach, fostering the children’s sense of curiosity. Our four Learning Powers (Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Relationships) help the children develop their self-awareness and skills as independent learners.
We value all the pupils in our school equally and believe that each child is entitled to experience success by having their needs met and supported.
Post-COVID, we reintroduced the whole curriculum straight away, aiming to give the children back their enthusiasm for learning while also maintaining a raised awareness of supporting their emotional development. This aim continues, as we have realised that the impact of COVID is still with us.
Summer 2022 - 'Woodlands'
This summer, we are seeking to create an immersive experience for our children, each class taking a different direction in terms of curriculum design and objectives covered. It will, however, mean that all children will be able to learn from our local environment, as well as considering the importance of trees globally to our planet and wellbeing. We already have a local artist booked to work with Year 4, using clay dug from the village to create leaf sculptures and every class will visit Bedgebury, the nearby pinetum, with workshops designed to inform and engage children in the wonder of trees.
Should you have any questions surrounding our school curriculum, please direct them to the school office.
Please click on these links for details of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2
For further information on how we make our curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs, please click here