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 using our extensive grounds. Progress is continually monitored and shared with parents via our on-line Tapestry Learning Profile. Pupils have specialist lessons in PE, Music and Forest schools 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 Performing Arts, MFL, PE and Games, Outdoor Education and Music 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 and mathematics assessments every term.  Form tutors report regularly to parents in the progress reports in the Autumn and Spring terms, as well as a full end of year report in the Summer. 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.  Parents are regularly communicated with each week via our online learning tool – Seesaw.  Parents are informed about what has been taught, weekly, as well updates about forthcoming events using the application.