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Welcome to our Curriculum . . . .

Our whole school community has agreed and contributed to the creation of our own very special curriculum, which we call ‘Learning for Life’.

This is underpinned by our 4 curriculum drivers, agreed key elements which inspire all our learning and which we believe should be experienced by and developed in every pupil:

Adventure; The Arts; Environment & Community; Faith & Spirituality.

We have an agreed Curriculum Statement and Guarantee to Learners (click on each to read) which further define the character of our teaching and learning in school and our commitment to providing an excellent curriculum for every child. There is more information about this in our Prospectus.

Our curriculum includes the whole 2013 National Curriculum. Click to see the full coverage of our teaching in the Curriculum Map documents.

The whole school usually focuses on a main shared topic theme each term, around which teaching and learning in most of the subjects is based.  Each topic will include aspects of our 4 curriculum drivers. We enjoy ‘launching’ and ‘landing’ (closing) these topics with an exciting special visit, visitor, activity or event each term. We also enjoy special theme focus weeks, such as Remembrance/WW1 Week, Bird Fortnight or Multi-faith Week. Click to see our Long-Term Plan documents and our folder of Termly Topic Plans for more details.

English and Maths are usually taught across school in the mornings, with more topic-based work (Science, RE, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, French) in the afternoons. Each class enjoys at least 3 PE lessons per week. We use specialists to enhance our teaching of PE, Art and Music. Our Values (Friendship, Forgiveness, Peace, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Trust, Humility and Hope) as well as Key Skills (communication, application of number, using ICT, problem solving, working with others and learning independently) are developed throughout all our lessons.



Extra-curricular clubs and activities are offered at lunchtime or after school to further enhance learning. Across the year 2016 - 17 these include: Forest Schools, Climbing, Ski, Dance, Football, Arts, Drama, School Band, Graphic Design, French, Archery, Choir and Quest Club.


We also have an extra Adventure Curriculum  (click to see!)




This is a whole-school programme of exciting outdoor and adventure activities, which develop a huge range of personal and social skills as well as providing amazing experiential learning for all our pupils.

To find out more about our Learning for Life Curriculum, visit us in school to see it action!  You can also ask staff to explain their planning in more detail and show you our pupils’ work.


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Ofsted (2016) says, ‘the curriculum is inspiring. It is based on a range of stimulating and fun ‘real life’ experiences. Consequently learning is meaningful and pupils thrive’.