The school’s curriculum is the term we use for the entire planned learning experience given to our pupils. The statutory National Curriculum forms part of this experience, and we design our curriculum carefully to ensure that it provides opportunities for pupils to become enterprising, healthy, confident individuals, and to prepare them to contribute actively to their local and wider communities. We recognise the need for pupils to experience a rich range of opportunities to excel, and therefore offer provision such as whole class stringed instrument tuition, specialist drama teaching, specialist sport coaching, and specialist French teaching for all pupils.
We recognise that children learn best through memorable, first hand experiences The curriculum is made memorable by a range of visits and experiences, and made relevant by making links between subjects in engaging contexts In all curriculum planning, we make sure that essential transferable skills: literacy, numeracy and ICT are applied and strengthened. Communication and its allied skills form the foundation of our curriculum. Considerable emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the main language skills needed by the children. These include the ability to read fluently, to write easily in a pleasing style of handwriting and the ability to speak clearly and confidently in a variety of situations.
We offer a range of clubs, giving opportunities for pupils to explore many interests such as Spanish, gymnastics, football, netball, choir and multi sports.
The National Curriculum
The following subjects are known as the ‘core’ subjects and will have more time devoted to them than others.
English: this includes speaking and listening and drama. reading and writing
The following subjects are known as ‘foundation’ subjects:
Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Design Technology (DT), History, Geography, Art & Design, Music , Physical Education (P.E.), Personal, Social and Health Education(PSHE) and Citizenship.
The school has policies and schemes of work in all subjects.
The school follows the Buckinghamshire locally agreed syllabus .The syllabus is mainly Christian in approach but treats all denominations equally. In addition, aspects of Judaism, Islam and Hinduism are studied. Parents have the right to remove their children from religious education and the act of worship, which must be part of the daily assembly.
We aim to make the curriculum as memorable and enjoyable as possible, and offer a range of enrichment activities.
Visits and Experiences
We know that children learn best from first-hand experience, and children will take part in a visit or enrichment experience, usually once per term. These visits often form the basis for curriculum work. We offer a week's residential at PGL in the Isle of Wight for Year 6 pupils. Our travels take us to a wide range of locations, including a Roman Day at Ufton Court, The National Space Centre, a trip to Pitt River and a Theatre Trip to see Matilda in London.
Visitors to the school enrich the children’s learning experience and help us to raise aspirations for our pupils. We invite a range of professionals to assemblies, and also hold special events such as community week, where parents and members of the local community inspire children to think about their future careers and choices.