We believe in the importance of an education that engages with the head, the heart and the hand.
‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all’ Aristotle
The education of the ‘Head’ includes the key subjects of English and Maths. As the child develops enjoyment of and confidence in these subjects they are able to build a deeper understanding, knowledge and ways of thinking in other areas such as science, history, geography and the creative arts.
Education of the ‘Heart’ involves the building of character traits such as kindness, tolerance and resilience. Children develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural themes helping them to become happy and confident members of not just our school community but of the local, national and global community. As a Rights Respecting School our children have the opportunity to discuss, debate and learn from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Education of the ‘Hand’ aims to develop a ‘can do’ attitude in our children. We nurture creativity, imagination and problem solving. We highly value the work that our children produce and we celebrate this work through whole school assemblies, displays, exhibitions, themed weeks and productions.
To learn more about our Creative Curriculum please click here for the Curriculum policy and read the information below and on the pages within this menu tab.
Children in Nursery and Reception classes follow a learning programme based on the Government’s Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012. They are given experiences and learning opportunities which develop their skills and concepts in seven areas.
The three prime areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
The four specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive arts and design
Children in Year 1 and Year 2 classes follow the National Curriculum, which covers:
- Physical Education
- Design and Technology
- They also follow the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, and an adapted PSHCE scheme.
In the teaching of phonics the school uses Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics.
Our reading resource has books from various schemes including:
Jelly and Bean
Oxford Reading Tree
As far as possible teachers plan their work through half-termly or termly cross-curricular topics, and teach through a variety of styles, contexts and approaches. We use a thematic approach using a creative curriculum, making learning exciting and effective.
We place great importance in linking our learning to the local and wider community and welcoming involvement .
As we are concerned to develop the whole child time is given to cross-curricular issues such as Multi-cultural awareness and Personal, Social and Health Education. Sex Education is taught in the context of the rest of the curriculum (e.g. in a topic on Ourselves) and consists of a simple knowledge of body parts and healthy living, together with general safety information.
If you would like more information about the curriculum in each year group, please see the individual class pages under the 'classes' tab on the left, or speak to your child's class teacher.