Skip to content ↓

Academic Curriculum

WE CAN provide the knowledge and skills to unlock learning through an academic curriculum providing effective structure and opportunity in order that all of our children have the keys to unlock their futures and believe WE CAN.

Our Academic Curriculum ensures coverage of the EYFS Curriculum Framework and the National Curriculum for our pupils.

In Years 1 to 6, children follow the National Curriculum.

The Core subjects of English, Maths and Science are taught throughout the year.

Our Life Education provision delivers Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including statutory Health Education and Relationships Education. We also teach additional Sex Education content.

All Foundation Subjects are of equal importance. Foundation Subjects are taught either as ‘blocked units’ or through ‘regular teaching’.

In Reception, children follow the EYFS Framework. The Prime areas include Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Physical Education. The Specific areas include Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Our Academic Curriculum is delivered in an engaging and exciting manner and teaching is enhanced by opportunities for in school workshops, educational visits and shared learning with families. Details of the programme for 2020/21 can be found here soon.

You can find subject specific content for each area of learning by accessing the panel on the right or by clicking the on the subject below:

Early Years (EYFS) English
Mathematics Science
PSHE Art
Computing Design & Technology
Geography History
Modern Languages Music
Physical Education Religious Education

Curriculum Chocolate Chips!

There are many exciting and memorable opportunities embedded into normal class teaching and learning. To further enhance in class learning, children will be invited to participate in a set of enrichment opportunities. We call these our chocolate chips!

In each school year there will be:

an Educational Visit

Learning at places of interest off the school site.

an Experts Workshop

Working with visiting experts in school

a Share Session

To share the outcome of learning with parents

Chocolate chips are additional to the normal curriculum and we will request voluntary parental contributions to cover costs. Payment plans and deferrals can always be discussed with the school office. If costs cannot be covered then the activity will not be able to go ahead.

As a guide,
£ indicates no or minimal cost.
££ indicates a cost of £5-£10.
£££ indicates a cost of £10-15.

Further information on the activities including pricing and exact dates will be issued at the start of each half term.

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Rec

Share Session

ART/UW

Celebrations: Dragon Painting

£

Experts Workshop

Create Build Learn Lego Where am I?

££

Educational Visit

Mount Pleasant School Farm

In the Garden

£££

Year 1

Educational Visit

The Back to Back Houses

History – Victorians

£££

Share Session

Music

Expert Workshop

Explorer Dome – Bubbles

Science – Materials

££
Year 2

Share Session

History (GFOL)

Educational Visit

Selly Manor

History Cadbury/Bourneville

£££

Expert Workshop

African Drumming

Music/Geog: Kenya

££
Year 3

Expert Workshop

The Stone Age

History – Stone Age

££

Share Session

Art

Educational Visit

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Science - Plants

£££
Year 4

Educational Visit

The Black Country Museum

History - Industrial Birmingham

£££

Expert Workshop

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Geography: Natural Disasters

££

Share Session

DT
Year 5

Educational Visit

Sarehole Mill

Geography - Rivers

£££

Share Session

French

Expert Workshop

Ministry of Chocolate

DT/History - Mayans

££
Year 6

Expert Workshop

Graffiti Art

PSHE/Art - Positivity

££

Educational Visit

RAF Cosford

History - Battle of Britain

£££

Share Session

Computing

Homework at Grendon

Homework is important because;

  • It is an opportunity to learn out of the classroom
  • It re-enforces work from school
  • It promotes independence and self-discipline
  • It offers challenge
  • It is an opportunity for parents and carers to work in partnership with their child and the school.

We have a tiered approach to homework.

English and maths tasks are set EACH WEEK.

A creative project linked to the curriculum is set EACH HALF TERM

Optional additional online learning opportunities are available through subject pages on the website ALWAYS.

The amount of homework set each week is matched to pupils' ages.

  Weekly Homework Project Style Homework
Reception 5 x 10 minutes per week

Reading books – either child reads independently, to an adult or adult reads to child.

Spellings/phonics/word recognition

Maths facts – counting, addition and subtraction facts, times tables

Set termly, based on Investigation theme. Gives opportunity to find out, record and present information independently and creatively.  Encompasses other subject areas and develops transferable and life skills.
Year 1 & 2 5 x 15 minutes per week

Reading books – either child reads independently, to an adult or adult reads to child.

Spellings/phonics/word recognition

Maths facts – counting, addition and subtraction facts, times tables

Set termly, based on Investigation theme. Gives opportunity to find out, record and present information independently and creatively.  Encompasses other subject areas and develops transferable and life skills.
Year 3 & 4 5 x 20 minutes per week

Reading books – either child reads independently, to an adult or adult reads to child.

Spellings/phonics/word recognition

Maths facts – counting, addition and subtraction facts, times tables

Set termly, based on Investigation theme. Gives opportunity to find out, record and present information independently and creatively.  Encompasses other subject areas and develops transferable and life skills.
Year 5 & 6 5 x 30 minutes per week

Reading books – either child reads independently, to an adult or adult reads to child.

Spellings/phonics/word recognition

Maths facts – counting, addition and subtraction facts, times tables

Set termly, based on Investigation theme. Gives opportunity to find out, record and present information independently and creatively.  Encompasses other subject areas and develops transferable and life skills.
If you have any questions about homework then please contact your class teacher.