"The curriculum promotes good progress in basic skills. It is well balanced and promotes pupils’ learning very successfully by providing them with exciting and engaging activities. Parents commented on the ‘depth and range’ of the curriculum when linked to a topic, saying it helped their children to understand why and what they were learning.
Activities in lessons, clubs, assemblies and visits contribute very well to pupils’ strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school’s work on teaching tolerance and respect for others is exemplary through its daily work and special occasions, such as assembly themes led by external visitors. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain." (OFSTED May 2016)
All learning for a term is wrapped up in a creative theme such as ‘Back in Time’ or ‘Pole to Pole’. This enables our teachers to teach other areas of the curriculum such as Art, Science, PE, DT, History, Geography and Music in a creative, exciting and relevant way. It also means pupils are given more opportunities to apply their skills in English, Maths and the Pink Curriculum PSHCE to other areas of learning. Important links are also made with our Values for Life and all themes promote British Values.
In KS1 and KS2, Curriculum learning can be seen in each child's Learning Journey book, alongside the Talk for Writing units. In the Pixies class, Reception children's themed outcomes are included in their portfolios.
Each class also has a Black Book for each academic year, where the class teacher collates examples of themed learning and showcases curriculum experiences, WOW Days and wider opportunities.
The Black Books are displayed in the school's Welcome Zone for all to share.