Ofsted February 2018 said:
The school provides a stimulating curriculum. Pupils were keen to tell me about recent topics, visits and extra-curricular activities. We observed high-quality physical education and music lessons which improved pupils’ skills well.
Over recent years we have taken on board a number of different approaches to our curriculum and as we have worked with them we have adopted what has worked well and rejected what has not worked well. We have been very careful in what we have selected to make sure it's having the most impact on our pupils' learning. With some schemes it is crucial to adopt the whole scheme and not adjust it in any way, such as Attack Spelling and Jolly Phonics (two schemes we use in Literacy) as these need to be followed 'by the book' otherwise we lose the impact.
We use the National Curriculum in Y1 - Y6 and Development Matters and EYFS Foundation Stage Profile in EYFS. In addition to these we use the International Primary Curriculum and Cornerstones Education. We use these closely to make sure we cover every aspect of the curriculum for our pupils.
Excellent standards in reading, writing and maths are really important to our pupils but not at the exclusion of every other subject. Music and PE are real strengths in our school because we buy in expert tuition on a weekly basis. We also buy in the expert support of artists, craftspeople, authors, scientists and use voluntary professional support for our RE, PSHE and aspirations teaching.
We aim to keep flexibility with curriculum content because our pupils' world is ever-changing and we know it is really important to prepare them for this changing world. For example in Information Technology (IT) as soon as we are teaching our pupils how to use a particular program, it has already evolved. We also need to make sure we have that flexibility to respond to world and local events as and when they happen.
We ask our pupils how they learn best and which lessons they enjoy most and why. They tell us how much they love practical learning so we have built extra opportunities for practical learning into the curriculum such as using the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (you can find a link to their website above) to provide practical mathematical challenges for them to get their teeth into.
The photographs below give a taste of the work our pupils are doing outside the core curriculum: