As a school we strive to educate the whole child through a range of both curricular and extracurricular activities. We put a strong emphasis on a rounded and balanced curriculum as we believe that children reach their potential academically when they are able to excel in an area of the curriculum and where they enjoy coming to school. We therefore provide children with many high quality activities, visitors and workshops in sport, music, art, RE and MFL. This is further topped up by competitions, clubs and events after school. We also believe that trips are an integral part of the curriculum as they widen children’s horizons, excite them about learning, raise their ambitions and make learning relevant to everyday life. We achieve outstanding academic results and believe that this is due to effective teaching but also the opportunities that are given to the children in art, music, sport and trips.
Our curriculum provides pupils with a lifelong love of learning and to develop children as individuals nurturing their interests and passions in a safe and caring environment irrespective of their backgrounds. We aim for children to leave our school with a good grounding in academic subjects but moreover that they are able to learn independently irrespective of their home backgrounds.
As part of this commitment to excellent provision we employ specialist teachers to teach Music, Art, DT, French and PE.
There is now a new National Curriculum and schools have a statutory obligation to have their own form of assessment.
The system we have chosen to use is called ‘The 21 Steps’, this system is used by over sixty schools in Kent which enables us to moderate our levelling and ensure consistency. Teachers will use the system to track children in speaking and listening, reading, writing, maths and science on a termly basis.
These Steps start at 1 in Reception and go all the way through to 21 in year 6. The aim is that every child finishes on the final step for their year group.
The table below shows which level the children should be achieving in each year group: