We believe that learning is an enjoyable, lifelong process through which everyone can achieve and exceed their expectations. Our creative, topic based approach to the curriculum ensures that learners are able to be confident, develop an enquiring attitude, be increasingly independent learners and be willing to take risks. We strongly endorse a broad and balanced curriculum linking to our values and aims.
It includes not only the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, focusing on the basic skills entitlement for each subject area, but also extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the children’s experiences. We want children to grow into positive, resilient learners, who can work and co-operate with others while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to have high aspirations.
The school monitors and evaluates its effectiveness in providing an appropriate curriculum for pupils of all backgrounds. Each area of the curriculum is planned to incorporate the principles of equality and promotes positive attitudes to diversity. All subjects contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. Adaptations to curriculum or resources, and extra support is made available to pupils with disabilities to enable them to have inclusive access to the whole curriculum, school activities and learning experiences.
The content of the curriculum reflects and values diversity. It encourages staff and pupils to explore bias and to challenge prejudice and stereotypical ideals exhibited in language, behaviour, and attitudes which might limit children’s achievement. Extra-curricular activities and special events cater for the interests and capabilities of all pupils and take account of parental concerns related to religion and culture. Some funding is made available where possible to enable disadvantaged children to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the Living Difference 3 Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. This syllabus is enquiry based and teaches children to have respect for others, including religious beliefs. As a non secular school, we are also sensitive to those families who may not have religious beliefs.
All children follow National Curriculum music. There are also opportunities for pupils to learn to play a musical instrument in school through regular lessons with visiting teachers. The school has a strong tradition in this area and our orchestra and choirs are a source of pride.
Children are offered music lessons across the school. In year three we run a whole class instrumental and vocal programme, where the children learn drumming for a term, recorder for a term and ukulele for a term.
Children in years four, five and six are offered a range of musical instruments lessons. Lessons are run on a weekly basis in small groups by specialist peripatetic music teachers from Southampton Music Services. The school will charge for these lessons on a termly basis although to encourage pupils to enjoy the benefits of learning an instrument, the school heavily subsidises the cost.
If you would like further information for Key Stage 1, please click on the following link for the National Curriculum https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4/the-national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4