At Grendon Primary School, we are committed to providing an education which meets our school vision and aims. We work to develop confident learners who are not afraid to challenge themselves and embody the spirit of our school logo: We Can.
Our academic curriculum is designed to deliver the National Curriculum content for KS1 and KS2 children and the Foundation Stage Curriculum in the Early Years.
The child is at the centre of our curriculum. We aim to make learning purposeful, engaging, relevant and effective for our children. Through this bespoke curriculum, our children grow to be the best they can by gaining the tools and knowledge they need to be effective, lifelong learners.
Whenever possible, we encourage teachers to plan real life opportunities for learning as well as promoting outdoor learning, enterprise and encouraging parental links. The challenges we provide prepare Grendon children for the responsibilities and experiences of their futures.
Our curriculum is flexible to cater for the particular needs of individuals. It encourages children to take their place as individuals, British and global citizens with a place as confident, tolerant, fair and principled members of society.
Our academic curriculum is underpinned by a pastoral curriculum which outlines the support we provide to remove barriers to learning that children may encounter, and give them fair and equal access to learning opportunities.
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our planning and delivery of this curriculum ensures it meets individual needs, builds on from and adds to children’s experiences, and enables them to make maximum progress. The curriculum includes 3 prime areas and four specific areas of learning.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Learning to work, play and co-operate with others
Physical Development: Improving physical control, mobility and manipulative skills in the indoor and outdoor environment and establishing a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle.
Communication and Language: Working on children’s ability to communicate through listening, speaking and understanding.
Literacy: Learning skills for becoming a reader and a writer.
Mathematics: Developing skills and vocabulary related to number, shape, and measure though practical activities.
Understanding the World: Beginning to notice, discuss and explain about the world around them (including people, places, technology) works.
Expressive Art and Design: Promoting imagination and an expression of ideas using materials and instruments.
Assessment and Monitoring
Children’s progress is assessed in each area and is recorded through frequent observations. We recognise the importance of building good relationships with parents and carers in order to share information about children’s needs and abilities. Future learning needs are quickly identified and plans are made to address these including the use of outside agencies when appropriate.
Children’s attainment is summarised at the end of the Reception year when judgements are made as to whether a child is working at, above, or towards the expected attainment for their age.
KS1 and KS2 Curriculum
The KS1 and KS2 curriculum is divided into 4 parts
Core subjects (English, Maths and Science)
Investigation work (Art, DT, Geography and History)
Discrete teaching (Computing, Foreign Languages (French), Music, PSHE, PE, RE)
Enrichment opportunities (Parent Partnership, Gardening, Enabling Enterprise, Grendon Passports)
The core subjects are Maths, English and Science.
Maths and English (Reading and Writing) lessons are delivered daily.
English lessons are supplemented by regular story time, Phonics Fun in KS1 and vocabulary, grammar and spelling time in KS2.
Science is taught as it’s own subject.
Investigation work draws strong links between subjects around a common theme. Investigation is about working to find new things out.
The subjects we teach through Investigation are; Art, Design Technology, Geography and History.
When clear links exist, opportunities to apply English, Maths and Computing skills will be built into investigation work.
For some subjects, we believe subject specific skills are better delivered through discrete teaching.
The subjects we teach discretely are; Computing, Foreign Languages (French), Music, Life Education (PSHE including Relationships education (RSE) and Drugs Education), Physical Education, Religious Education.
As a school, we aim to provide children with a broad and exciting range of experiences to extend their horizons and thinking. We aim to provide children with educational visits, use our outdoor space effectively and offer gardening, peripatetic music lessons and expert sport coaching during school time. As a school we are committed to developing an enterprising spirit through our links with Enabling Enterprise and to involving parents whenever possible.
We are developing a ‘passport’ for each child to record their experiences. This will travel up the school with the children and will include a variety of additional life and learning activities beyond the school’s Academic Curriculum.
Children are assessed each year in relation to the objectives that they have been taught. We make judgements as to whether they are below, at or exceeding the expected age related expectations for each subject.
For a summary of curriculum content for each year group, please see our Curriculum Overviews.