Our curriculum

The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by schools so children learn the same things. Academies do not have to follow the National Curriculum but must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, Maths and Science, as well as Religious Education.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

In Key Stages 1 and 2, we teach daily English, Mathematics and Reading lessons. In addition to these core elements of the curriculum, we use our Core Knowledge Curriculum specifically to teach Geography, History, Science and the Arts. You can find out more about the content of each of these areas, in each year group below.  Our pupils take enormous pride in their learning and in the presentation of their work; this is supported by daily Handwriting lessons, which begin in Reception. Across the school we make reference to PRIDE and there are reminders for children in each classroom to help.

Powerful Knowledge Curriculum

We believe that the concept of knowledge has been misunderstood. For too long there has been a false and distracting dichotomy between knowledge and skills. This has resulted in curriculums which pretend that skills can be taught in a knowledge-free way. We know that skills and knowledge are inextricably intertwined. Our curriculum is built on this premise.

We believe in powerful knowledge: knowledge that has stood the test of time, that has inspired people through the ages and that has led to some of the great advances of civilisation. We believe that all humans have an equal right of access to this knowledge.

Music

All classes from Reception upwards receive a dedicated weekly Music lesson. This lesson teaches pupils key music skills, as well as developing their knowledge of renowned composers. In Reception, pupils experiment with a variety of percussion instruments and in Year 1 we teach whole-class recorder. In Key Stage 2 children are able to take lessons of classical instruments, delivered by our in-house peripatetic music specialists.  Our weekly Singing Assembly supports pupils’ interest in music and we also have a school Choir.

Extra-curricular activities

A range of additional activities support and enrich our ambitious curriculum and, unlike many other primary schools, we take our pupils on a trip each half term from Reception. We believe that making the extra effort to provide a range of extra-curricular activities will stimulate pupils’ interest, knowledge and passion in the subjects we are teaching them.

In addition, we also offer a variety of after school clubs, from 3.30pm to 4.15pm, which are delivered by our staff. These clubs rotate each term and include arts and crafts, choir, cookery, dance, sports and story time.  Pupils can attend one of these clubs each term.

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 syllabus provided by The London Borough of Waltham Forest.

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