We aim to make our curriculum relevant, inspirational and imaginative so that the children will be engaged, challenged and excited to learn. We recognise that children learn in different ways and so provide opportunities for children to work together, independently, with support, outside or off site. Among other outcomes, our aim is for children to be inquisitive, literate, numerate, sociable, empathetic and to enjoy a sense of well-being, within a secure, nuturing Christian community.
We believe that children should be given every opportunity to succeed; that all children should be exposed to high quality learning materials; that we should have the same expectations for all children; and that all children have the chance to 'keep up, not catch up. We strive for success in achievement, whatever that looks like for each child and whatever that takes for each child, and for our children's social, moral, spiritual and cultural development too.
Children in Years 1-6 follow the National Currciulum for KS1 and KS2; children in Year R follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. All children are taught RE through both the Living Difference III materials and the Understanding Christianity materials. Our curriculum is delivered through discrete teaching of subjects where appropriate and relevant links are made. We use high quality text drivers as the foundation to quality writing experiences and we often use an enquiry approach to subject areas such as geography, history and RE. Our EYFS curriculum is delivered predominantly through exploratory outdoor learning.
Teachers will organise at least one main external visit or visitor to the school for each class to support and enrich the curriculum and typically, additional visits are also organised. Parents are asked to financially support such visits and sometimes to accompany the children too.
A wide range of physical activities is enjoyed by both boys and girls each week. A course of swimming lessons is organised for Year 3 and 4 children in the Summer term at Farleigh School. Various sporting fixtures are organised and we take part in Rural Schools sporting events and local cluster events throughout the year. Every other year, our Year 5 and Year 6 children take part in Bike-ability, a programme that teaches how to ride a bicycle safely and about road safety awareness. In Year 5, the children undertake lessons in drug and alcohol use and abuse and in Year 6, a series of Sex Education lessons are taught.
Currently, coaches from Lions in the Community and PH Sports Coaching are employed to run Breakfast Club, after school sports clubs. This year, parents have voluntarily run cooking, art and gardening clubs. We also have Stories and More running a drama club for our younger children. Members of the church community run a monthly Club called Seekers which aims to expand the children’s knowledge of the bible through stories, drama, craft, baking and other fun activities.
Music plays an extremely important part of the life of the school. All children from Year 3 learn to play the descant recorder and there is the opportunity to learn to play an orchestral instrument through Hampshire Music Service who can provide peripatetic brass, woodwind, keyboard, guitar and strings teachers. Our older children are given the opportunity to play in the Andover Area Ensembles run by Hampshire Music Service staff.
In the Autumn term, residential opportunities are offered to all children in Years 5 and 6. Currently we use the PGL Education and Adventure Centres Osmington Bay (Dorset), Little Canada (Isle of Wight) and Liddington (Wiltshire). Children in Years 3 to 6 learn French.
To help parents understand more about the curriculum, parents are invited to curriculum information sessions that run periodically throughout the year. Teachers will always meet with parents individually and parents can suggest a topic for a curriculum information session. The website itself provides a wealth of information about our curriculum but further enquiries can be made to the office in the first instance, if more information is required.