Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014) and as part of this we cover a number of compulsory subjects, which are then enhanced with a range of additional opportunities such as our Forest School.

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Design and technology
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Modern Foreign Language (French is taught throughout KS2)

We also cover Religious Education, along with Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSCHE). At any given time the children will be studying either a History, Geography or Science Topic.

All children take part in daily English and Maths lessons. In addition, the rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the core curriculum    are incorporated into other subjects. Children begin to read and write by following a phonic programme called ‘Read Write Inc.’

Throughout the school children read books from a number of schemes such as ‘Oxford Reading Tree.’ However, as soon as possible, we like children to be reading books that are not part of a scheme. All of the children’s reading books are colour coded and children choose books from the colour band most suitable for their ability.

As pupils progress through the academy, they will be encouraged to do work at home in order to consolidate work done in school. In particular from the Nursery onwards your child will be encouraged to bring reading books home to share with you. Parents are requested to help us to develop the children’s reading by completing a home/school reading record.

For Computing and Design and Technology the classes are split into half. Half the class visits the computer suite for Computing and the other half of the class goes to the Design and Technology room. The groups are then swapped the following week.
One lesson a week is allocated for P.E. per class. The academy also offers a number of after school clubs where pupils can participate in different sporting activities and take part in inter school competitions and events.
In addition to the requirements of the National Curriculum, the school aims to develop the children’s special skills, talents and interests. Sports events are organised as are other events such as discos, school performances and theatre visits. Our school day has been organised to try to ensure that as many children who wish to take part in extra-curricular activities are able to do so. School now finishes its normal teaching time at 1.30 p.m. on Fridays. Children can then stay in school until 3.20 p.m., if they wish, to participate in a range of activities such as drumming, gardening, dance and Spanish. In addition there are several extra-curricular activities, such as Computer club and choir which are available after school Monday to Thursday.