Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage

This consists of the Nursery and Reception classes and has its own Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The classes work together, following the areas of learning and development towards a set of Early Learning Goals for Communication and Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Key Stage 1

This consists of Year 1 and Year 2. From Year 1 we, as all schools, follow the New National Curriculum. This comprises eleven subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Design and Technology, Physical Education and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. We also teach Phonics throughout Key Stage 1 using the Letters & Sounds programme amongst other resources.  We have also implemented an ‘integrated’ approach to learning which builds on the good practice from the EYFS.  Last year we also introduced French from children in Y2 to Y5  led by a specialist teacher.

Key Stage 2

This consists of Years 3 to 6. Children continue to follow the National Curriculum and in addition they learn a modern foreign language, French. Children also go swimming throughout the school year.

The National Curriculum and Contexts for Learning

The National Curriculum sets out what children should be taught and what they should be able to do at each stage of their education. English and Mathematics form the core of our work and the majority of skills and knowledge is taught as discrete units. However, we recognise the importance of making learning meaningful and memorable for children and for this reason we have introduced ‘Contexts for Learning’ as a vehicle for making connections and linking subjects. Each year-group plans cross-curricular work around a central theme on a termly or half-termly basis. This allows more time for each subject to be studied in depth. Themes include Inventions’ in Y1, ‘London’ in Y2, ‘Out of Africa’ in Y3,  ‘Invaders & Settlers’ in Y4, ‘Battles & Invasions’, ‘Save the World’ in Y5 and  ‘Coasts’ in Y6.

Religious Education forms part of the curriculum and we follow Camden’s agreed syllabus. Our aim is that all pupils understand the nature of religion and acquire an understanding of the beliefs, practices and strengths of the world’s six main religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism.

We are also focusing on Growth Mindset across the school this year.

For more detail please see our Curriculum page in the School Information section.