Head teacher's note about our curriculum design.
Over the past two years, following the award of the Primary Quality Mark last year, there has been much staff training and investment in new resources as we have introduced proven strategies to ensure that every child learns the basic skills to read, write, code and calculate with confidence. In the early years we have introduced Read, Write Inc. phonics and reading and this is built upon through Talk 4 Writing as children move through the school. We have also invested significantly in developing a fantastic school library and book stock that sits at the centre of the school. Additionally, we are in our second year of implementing Maths No Problem. This textbook based scheme ensures that children develop the mathematical mastery required by the National Curriculum. These core resources are making a real impact upon the learning and progress of children going through the school and we will continue to build upon these approaches this year.
Sport and activity is very important to us and we believe underpins pupil health and well being through PE, opportunities for sport and the also an engaging wider curriculum. This curriculum makes best use of our unique grounds and location in beautiful rural Dorset and this year sees the development of Forest School provision for all pupils. We have built up good partnerships with and utilise the facilities on the nearby garrison camps to the benefit of all our pupils, for example, all our KS2 pupils learn to swim. In addition, through a successful partnership with the Tank Museum (across the road from us) our pupils are able to use this wonderful place as part of an exciting extended classroom and learning environment that has proven to enrich and bring so much learning to life. We are a 'restless' school and seek new challenges through being ambitious with and utilising new technology, such as Raspberry Pi mini-computers in exciting ways through coding and robotics. In addition, our pupils will also continue to work with visiting artists, musicians and theatre groups to be inspired by and apply the skills they acquire at the highest of levels, for example, last summer the school received an award for Outstanding Creativity through collaborative work on a stain glass mosaic installation.
We take seriously the development of an understanding of spiritual, moral and cultural values in our learners through PSHE to help them take the steps towards growing into empowered and reflective British citizens. Our rights respecting approach is deeply embedded in the school culture and this year we will be working on reviewing and renewing our commitment to this.
At our school we have a commitment to teaching the basic skills of:
We also offer a vibrant and exciting wider curriculum that encompasses all the National Curriculum statutory requirements and programmes of study.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.