We have a rich and diverse curriculum designed to meet the needs of our pupils. We work from and develop the National Curriculum to meet our children's needs as well as working alongside the Diocese of Southwark for our RE curriculum to ensure that all our pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum.
We invite you to explore each subject area by using the links in this section.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
(Nursery and Reception)
The Foundation Stage begins when a child enters Nursery and finishes at the end of Reception year. The Foundation Stage is divided into seven areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and Language
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Expressive arts and design
Children will learn through first hand experiences, play (both child and adult led), and speaking and listening supported by school staff. Adults working in the Foundation Stage make observations and keep records to track how each child is progressing. These are recorded on Target Tracker and shared with parents/carers during parent consultation meetings.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
There is a transition phase as children start Key Stage 1 and make the change to a slightly more structured day and way of learning.
Key Stage 1 builds on the skills learnt in the Foundation Stage. Year 1 and Year 2 pupils have daily literacy and maths lessons and will cover all the subjects in the National Curriculum. We explore these subjects through carefully thought-out and planned topics.
Subjects taught are: Literacy, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology (D&T), Computing), Music, Physical Education (P.E.), Religious Education (RE) and Personal Social & Health Education (PSHE).
We encourage our students to ask questions and discuss their ideas and to become independent learners. Teachers set targets based on the needs of the child. Pupils’ progress is tracked and assessed each term.
In Key Stage 1 the children experience school trips that link with their class topics. In addition they enjoy visitors that enhance enjoyment and achievement and make learning fun.
As in Reception, reading is the key to success. Through reading children can access all areas of the curriculum. Children in Key Stage 1 enjoy lively phonics sessions taught in small groups matched to their reading ability.
Key Stage Two (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
In Key Stage 2, the children continue to develop their knowledge and understanding in Literacy, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music, PSHE, RE, Computing, PE and French or Spanish. PE is taught by sports coaches and French is taught by a specialist teacher.
These subjects are linked by a common theme every term according to the Topic each Year group are studying and the teaching staff are innovative and creative when planning activities for the children to develop a wide range of skills and their knowledge of the Topic.
Teachers continue to set challenging targets for each child through the use of tracking and termly assessments.
There are a range of opportunities for children to participate in Sports events which are often organised with other schools within Merton.
In Key Stage 2, the children continue to experience school trips that link with their class topics, including residential trips in Years 4 and 6. In addition, they enjoy visitors who enhance enjoyment and achievement and make learning fun.
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