Learning and Curriculum
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:
- Equip the children with the knowledge skills & values they need.
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential and make progress in their learning
- Promote the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development – linguistically, cognitively and socially
- Build up children’s confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles
- Promote high standards and embed key skills of literacy and numeracy
- Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways
- Make learning more meaningful, by putting it into context
- Listen to pupil voice and involve pupils in planning and decision making
- Provide a creative approach to planning and delivery that will incorporate and embed key aspects of the National Curriculum
- Provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom
- Promote British Values
- Promote pupils’ good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.
Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:
- Maths – Maths skills are key to developing everyday skills although links can be made to the curriculum through data handling, position, measurement, especially in Science, DT, ICT and Geography.
- English – Phonics, Guided Reading, Handwriting and Grammar are taught as discrete subjects, as well as in English lessons, as they build up basic skills. Cross-curricular links are made as appropriate, with work being recorded in class books.
- RE – RE is taught in accordance with the school RE policy, although links with topics have been made where appropriate.
- PSHE – Each term the whole school focuses on a particular value, such as friendship or honesty and circle time and class assemblies reflect this. There are also times during the year when the whole school focuses on particular areas such as Anti-Bullying Week, Staying Healthy and Internet and E-Safety.
- Music is taught using the Charanga Musical schools resource and there are opportunities for children to learn a musical instrument.
- PE- Children have 2 hours of high quality physical exercise per week.
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.
Educational visits (currently suspended, please see the COVID risk assessment under the parents, useful information tab)
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.