Our priority is to develop the whole child, where the child is seen as an individual and where both pastoral and academic considerations are of importance. Our school is, for most pupils, the start of their formal education. We therefore aim to ensure all children develop a love of learning, alongside the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to achieve well throughout their education. The Department for Education (DfE) breaks down formal schooling into key stages. Like most schools we follow the National Curriculum. We want our children to be engaged in their learning from day one so we devised an exciting curriculum that teaches skills using motivating contexts for learning.
The school uses a Curriculum based on thematic approach. Skills and knowledge are at the core of the curriculum and opportunities are planned for to allow children to demonstrate mastery of the age appropriate skills. Where appropriate, curriculum subjects are linked with some subjects being taught discretely where necessary. As we have some split-year classes, the school operates a 2-year cycle for subjects other than maths, reading and writing. This ensures that pupils receive the full curriculum without repeating any topics.
Children also have the opportunity to participate in school trips to support their topic and a residential trip.