“The school provides a broad curriculum which reflects the wide-ranging cultural backgrounds of pupils, staff, and the locality. Interesting topics are enriched with visits to places of worship and educational venues. Valuable opportunities are provided on site to promote pupils’ learning and well-being through gardening, ecology, sport and active play.”
Ofsted, November 2015
Our school follows the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for England and Wales. Religious Education is taught using the West Sussex agreed syllabus, supported by SACRE guidance.
As far as possible, our children's learning in a range of subjects is linked through an over-arching theme or topic. These topics are based on the Edison Connected Curriculum and change every half term. Our class teachers produce 'topic maps' to share what the children will be learning and how parents can support learning at home. These are sent home in hard copy and are also available to download from the year group pages of our website.
To support the teaching of phonics and spelling, children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 follow parts of the “Read, Write, Inc” scheme of work, progressing on to “Get Spelling” from Year 3 upwards.
Younger children are encouraged to read daily through the school’s “Reading Challenge”. They earn awards and certificates dependent on the number of times they have read at home and these are celebrated in weekly assemblies.
In addition to a daily taught maths session, our children from Year 1 upwards also have daily “Big Maths CLIC” session, lasting for 20 minutes, which is designed to improve mental arithmetic and fluency.
Junior children participate in the school’s “Times Tables Travels” challenge, to encourage them to learn and apply their multiplication and division facts fluently.
The school offers French as a Modern Foreign Language.
In addition, the school’s taught curriculum incorporates regular opportunities for children to develop a wide range of personal and social skills through the delivery of the “Working With Others” programme, Forest School, Gardening and Ukulele lessons.