Introduction
The school curriculum can be defined as all the activities that we organise to promote learning and personal growth and development. This can mean all the formal learning required by the National Curriculum, but also other activities designed to enrich and enhance the children’s experiences at school. All these experiences are underpinned by what is known as the ‘hidden curriculum’ – that is what children learn from their school environment, the school ethos and expectations for behaviour.

The National Curriculum

We are committed to meeting the requirements of the 2014 primary curriculum. The National Curriculum provides the school with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover in school.

Our curriculum follows all the requirements of the National Curriculum in which we try to make the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children. We aim to inspire children to develop a passion and thirst for learning across all areas of the curriculum.

The National Curriculum comprises core and foundation subjects. The three core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science and these take up the largest share of curriculum teaching time. The foundation subjects are: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. The main curriculum is extended with other aspects of learning including Personal, Social and Health Education. There is also significant emphasis put on the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of individuals.

We choose to teach much of this through creative themes where children learn new information, whilst building on skills previously learnt. Children often practise skills learned in other curriculum areas in theme lessons, e.g. they might write a non-chronological report whilst learning about types of volcano; they might analyse test results in science and draw a line graph to explain their learning.

The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners and we work hard to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Phonics

We use the Phonics Play scheme to teach Phonics in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 classes. For more information please see the Phonics Play website: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

RE Syllabus

All our schools follow the Warwickshire SACRE locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The intention of the syllabus is to help our young people to interact positively in an ever-changing global setting.

The use of this Agreed Syllabus ensures that Religious Education makes a signifi­cant contribution to the development of the whole child. The teaching units cover all major world religions and main festivals, whilst reflecting the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian.

Long Term Curriculum Plans