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Our curriculum offer promotes children’s independence, resilience and confidence, by building on our Academy Values and immersing children in high quality learning experiences.

Our curriculum:

  • is inclusive, so that every child can achieve their potential,
  • reflects children’s interests and their world, to make learning meaningful and purposeful,
  • is interactive and fun, to develop children’s creativity and collaboration.

To achieve this, we will:

  • use real and relevant artefacts, texts, activities, visits and the arts to bring topics alive and motivate pupils,
  • make these memorable and first-hand where possible,
  • develop local, national and global multi-cultural awareness, and an understanding of British Values in a meaningful way,
  • make use of our outdoor environment to enhance and extend provision,
  • make strong links with the local community and other learning school communities to give pupils aspirations for their future,
  • embed effective safeguarding, health and safety and on-line safety principles within our curriculum offer for every pupil and member of staff.

The Foundation Stage

When children begin either Nursery or school in the Reception Year they follow the Foundation Curriculum.  This will build on their many rich experiences at home.

There are 7 areas of learning and development that shape The Foundation Stage Curriculum.  All areas of learning are important and inter-connected.

These are the PRIME AREAS:-

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These areas are crucial for igniting the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

We also support the children with four further areas of learning through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied.  These are the SPECIFIC AREAS:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive art & design

The Curriculum in Years 1 and 2

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children follow the National Curriculum.

All children are individuals and have different ways of learning – teachers continually assess your child’s progress in all aspects of our rich curriculum and share new targets with the children.  Enjoying learning is the key to success!

The International Primary Curriculum

The IPC is an exciting curriculum for Primary schools, currently used by 1600 schools in 87 Countries, including 1200 in the UK.

It is designed to help children:

  • Learn the essential knowledge, skills and understanding of a broad range of curriculum subjects.
  • Engage with their learning so that they remain committed to learning throughout their school careers and beyond.
  • Develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens in an ever-changing world.
  • Develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.

What does the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) cover?ipc-picture

The IPC covers the following national curriculum subjects:

History                    Art

Geography              Science

Music                     Design & Technology

Subjects are linked together within Units (topics) but taught discretely.

How is it structured?

The IPC is split into 3 phases which cover:

Early Years

Milepost 1 – Years 1 & 2

Milepost 2 – Years 3 & 4

Milepost 3 – Years 5 & 6

During each phase pupils will study a variety of Units each usually lasting for a half term but occasionally a whole term. Each unit has a major subject focus e.g. History and covers other subjects to a lesser degree.

There is a focus on making international learning links and on the ability to develop mindfulness, independence and Interdependence through the IPC.

How does it work?

Pupils will be made aware of their new IPC Unit just prior to a holiday and invited to contribute ideas through open-ended home learning.

  • Each unit ‘hooks’ pupils in with an ‘Knowledge Harvest’ activity to capture their prior understanding and spark imagination through discussion called The Big idea.
  • Questions that the pupils have generated are a central part of the learning focus through the teaching of each Unit.
  • Each unit culminates in an ‘exit point’ which can present itself as exciting celebration, reflection activity such as an assembly, a visitor or a school trip; which pupils will have been working towards.

We supplement this with discrete teaching of science to ensure that we meet the National Curriculum Standards for science for Key Stage 1 and 2.

For more information on this please download our Curriculum Plans: