Academic Life

A rich and dynamic curriculum is delivered by form tutors and increasing subject specialists as pupils move up the school. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follow the EYFS curriculum which focusses on child-initiated learning indoors and outdoors in the mud kitchen. Progress is continually monitored and shared with parents via our on-line Tapestry Learning Profile. Pupils have specialist lessons in PE, MFL as well as sessions on the farm and horse riding. Pupils quickly become confident and independent learners with inquisitive minds and a thirst for exploration and discovery.

As pupils move up to Years 1 and 2 learning becomes more teacher-led with the same specialist subjects as EYFS. In Years 3 to 6, specialist subject teaching increases to include Digital Learning, Performing Arts, MFL, PE and Games, Outdoor Education and Art which take place in specialist rooms, theatre, Reddie Sports Hall, synthetic pitch and the wider estate. Year 5 and 6 also enjoy science in the laboratories with senior teachers.

Academic progress is carefully monitored with reading, writing and mathematics assessments every half-term along with end of year InCAS tests. Form tutors set pupil targets after assessments which are included in the progress reports in the autumn and spring terms, as well as a full end of year report. Pupils in need of additional support are given carefully differentiated tasks to consolidate key skills and some pupils attend learning development lessons in small groups. Able pupils are given stretch and challenge tasks in lessons as well as opportunities to attend specific events such as Able Writers’ Workshops and Junior Mathematics Challenge.