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Foundation Subjects

A broad and balanced curriculum provides children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals.

Our curriculum includes core subjects and foundation subjects that ensure statutory coverage of the National Curriculum for England. For all subjects, there are clear whole-school and year group overviews as well as progression documents for each year group that build and develop an appropriate and relevant sequence of knowledge and key skills for each subject as pupils move through the school. Learning for pupils is connected through the progression of knowledge and skills and through meaningful links to other subjects.

Social responsibility features as a thread that runs through pupil learning across all subjects and is given designated time each half term for pupils to explore their place within society and the contributions they can make now and in the future. 

  • All pupils will have the equivalent of an hour and a half Science lesson per week. This may be blocked if more appropriate to the topic, however, some Science may be delivered each week (e.g. morning work or through an English text). 

  • All pupils will have a weekly Computing lesson where they are taught discrete computing skills (50 minutes at KS1 and 55 minutes at KS2). 

  • All pupils have 2 hours of PE a week. This can include PE skills, Yoga and mental wellbeing (e.g. mindfulness). Some of the designated PE hours each week are cross-curricular with PSHCE. There are also additional PE hours in the school year – Sports Week and Sports Morning. 

  • All pupils will also receive the equivalent of an hour a week for PSHCE, including RSE and SEAL (this can be blocked). 

  • All pupils will have the equivalent of an hour RE lesson per week. 

  • All pupils will have the equivalent of a half an hour lesson per week of History and a half an hour lesson per week of Geography. These subjects are taught through topics that include both History and Geography skills so it is the equivalent of an hour ‘topic’ lesson per week. ‘Topic’ work can be blocked, when appropriate. Most school visits and workshops are linked History or Geography topics; therefore, all pupils experience some additional History and Geography hours as part of the curriculum too. 

  • All pupils will have the equivalent of a 50 minute lesson per week of Art and Design. This is to teach the specific art skills and may be blocked. Art and Design is also often cross-curricular and used as a medium to teach other subjects so all pupils experience additional hours of Art and Design activities. 

  • All pupils will have the equivalent of a 50 minute lesson per week of Design and Technology. This is to teach the specific DT skills and can be blocked. DT also often has cross-curricular links with Science and ‘Topic’ so all pupils experience additional hours of DT activities. 

  • All pupils have the equivalent of a 50 minute music lesson per week with a specialist music teacher. Pupils also experience additional music hours when taking part in a performance, e.g. The Year 5 performance at Christmas time or the annual Music Extravaganza. Peripatetic music lessons with tutors from the Local Authority Music Centre are also available at school should parents wish to purchase them. 

  • In KS2, all pupils have the equivalent of a half an hour lesson of French per week. This can be blocked, but needs to be taught regularly for the effective acquisition of language.  

Subject Teams have created a vision for their subject area and  knowledge and skills led curriculum plans which begin in EYFS and are progressive, building in complexity as children move through the school. The knowledge and skills curriculum plans were implemented in 2020-21 and are working documents that wil be reviewed, evaluated and updated in response to subject teams monitoring activities.