The curriculum has been organised and established in consultation with all teaching staff. It is regularly reviewed and developed in accordance with DfE guidelines, the School Improvement Plan, recommendations from OFSTED and following consultation with Governors, parents, children and teaching staff.
Our broad, rich and engaging curriculum links to our school values of Hope, Resilience and Friendship. We are committed to providing children with the knowledge that allows them to contribute to a wide range of discussions and therefore develop into strong, resilient, knowledgeable and empathetic citizens of the future.
History, Geography, Art and Design Technology are taught through themes and we complement these with enrichment activities such as organising trips and visitors to school.
Along with the vital knowledge that children are equipped with, we ensure that skills are built upon for future learning.
Please see our curriculum maps for further information about what each individual class are learning this year.
Meridian College began this academic year with children in years 5 and 6 broadening their knowledge and skills through attending courses such as sewing, cooking, ballet, art and drama. The courses are linked to the knowledge and skills set in the National Curriculum and give all children a chance to pursue their own interests. Again, trips and visitors are arranged to complement these such as our Cooking visit to the London Hilton kitchens.
Please see our section on Meridian College for further details.
In the Spring and Summer terms we run our successful Aspirations Programme which encourages children in Years 4, 5 and 6 to think about their future goals, by providing them with opportunities to meet with adults from a range of backgrounds. These could be University students, successful business people or adults from a range of professions.
Our Creative Curriculum (The Learning Challenge Curriculum) aims to:
Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:
Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through promotion of the outdoor curriculum, off-site visits and visitors into school.
Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newsletters, school website, displays in classrooms and in assemblies where children are encouraged to share their knowledge with the rest of the school.
We actively plan Educational Visits to bring class work to life. Examples of places we visit are the Science Museum, Lea Valley Farm, Westminster Science Fair and Natural History Museum . We travel by tube and bus. Teachers undertake a pre-visit risk assessment of both the journey and the destination.
For all trips you will be sent the visit details in a letter and be asked for consent for your child to attend. You will sometimes be invited to join us for these visits for extra support in supervising the children. However, we ask that younger siblings do not come, so that parent helpers can fully focus on the class itself.
Unfortunately, the school cannot afford to cover the full cost of transport or entrance fees for such visits, therefore we ask for parental support. If support is not given then such activities may not be able to happen. However no child is excluded from any activity through inability to contribute financially and any difficulties are dealt with in the strictest confidence.