The curriculum at our school prepares our pupils
for moving on to secondary school and for leading their lives as citizens in
At our school, we value the diverse
ethnic backgrounds of all our pupils, our families and our staff. We are
cognisant of the Department for Education’s (DfE) requirement “to create and enforce a clear
and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British
values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and
tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs” and these values are
part of our school culture. You can find out how we teach our pupils about British Values here.
We teach our pupils to read
through the use of the Read Write Inc. phonics programme, which you can find
out more about here.
Pupils receive 45 minutes of dedicated phonics
instruction each day.
Our pupils start their
day with a half hour Guided Reading lesson. Throughout the week, pupils work in
different groups on phonics activities, comprehension skills and they also read
with a member of staff. All pupils take home a set of reading books each week,
which we ask them to read to their parents and carers. This should take
approximately 15 to 20 minutes, but the time varies according to the needs of
the individual pupil.
This is the first official year
of school for primary pupils and it is also known as the Early Years Foundation
Stage (EYFS). The DfE has a statutory framework for the EYFS. At our school,
the curriculum for Reception pupils is based on this framework and comprises
seven key learning areas. The Prime Areas of learning are Communication
and Language, Physical Development, and Personal, Social and Emotional
Development. There are also four Specific Areas, which are Literacy,
the World, and Expressive
Arts and Design. You can find out more about these learning areas on pages 7-12
of the DfE’s statutory framework publication.
Religious Education (RE)
We believe that it is vital for
all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand
the world around them. Through religious education, pupils develop their
knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the
beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and
cultures. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to
reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We use the agreed Waltham
Forest syllabus for Religious Education, which you can read about here.
Personal Development, Behaviour
To enhance our curriculum and
cultivate well-rounded, happy pupils, we teach children to develop an
understanding of themselves, of others and their role as citizens in their
local and wider community. Each term, we focus on a key theme, such as
collaboration, and how it relates to the personal, social and emotional
development of our pupils. A themed whole school assembly is then used each
week to reinforce the culture of our school.
Physical Education (PE)
We believe that physical
education is a basic entitlement for all children. Our pupils receive twp formal PE lessons a week, in addition to the fine and gross motor skills we
teach throughout the week and the outdoor physical development activities. In
Reception, PE lessons start with developing gross motor skills, throwing and
catching balls, navigating spaces, choreographing and learning dance routines,
and parachute games. As children move up through the school, teachers build on
these skills, so that pupils can participate in traditional games, such as
cricket, rounders, tennis and hockey. It is important that pupils have the
skills they need to participate in competitive sports and to succeed in this
learning area in secondary school, as well as an understanding of how to
maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.
Each summer, we hold a Sports Day
for our pupils and their families. Sports Day includes traditional team games,
such as hurdles, javelin throwing, sack racing, and the classic egg and spoon. Our families get into the competitive spirit
by participating in the parent, carer, grandparent and sibling races.
We hold a weekly Achievement
Assembly, where teaching staff choose two hard-working pupils to receive an
accolade in front of the whole school, which reinforces the importance of
scholarship and perseverance.
Our weekly Singing Assembly supports
pupils’ interest in music and is a joyous time for pupils to gather as a whole
We also hold a Wellbeing Assembly,
which is focused on supporting and extending pupils’ personal, social and
emotional development and reinforcing our school values.
In addition to reading books, all
pupils, from Reception to Year 6, receive weekly Homework on a Friday, which is
due in on the following Wednesday. Homework alternates each week between a
piece of English and Mathematics and may include a task related to one of the
other curriculum topics being studied by the class. Homework will build on what
pupils have been studying in class, with the exception of research tasks for