“The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Carl Jung
- The curriculum is accessible to all students whatever their need.
- Subjects and content are linked to the real world and the application of transferable skills in the work place in future life.
- Our curriculum is ambitious and challenging with differentiation and support where necessary to ensure all content is accessible.
- The development of reading is central to learning.
- The curriculum fosters creativity and the opportunity for learners to nurture their talents.
- Every student benefits from a structured reading programme centred on our school library (one lesson each week for all students).
- There is an emphasis on building confidence and competence in Maths across the curriculum.
- Time allocated to science and the Foundation subjects throughout Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 ensures there is breadth and balance.
- Learners’ understanding is checked often, clear feedback is shared with pupils and parents on progress made.
- Recognition of prior learning, embedding new content and revising are key skills shown in lesson planning.
- Teachers encourage and support pupils with learning from mistakes made.
- In line with our character as a Christian Church school, RE is given a significant amount of time in each cohort (5-8%).
- Reading content in lessons is appropriate for reading ages and staff work on improving vocabulary teaching in all curriculum areas.
- The vast majority of lessons are taught by subject specialists with support given to teachers teaching out of degree subject.
- Subject leaders are responsible for ensuring programmes of study offer challenge and progression across the four years in our school and liaise with First and Upper Schools to ensure transition is seamless.
- Trips, clubs and enrichment opportunities complement classroom learning.
- Our curriculum at St Edward’s Royal Free is broad and progressive; children acquire knowledge and skills to help prepare them for the next stage of their education and for their future adult life.
- Their learning about personal relationships, health and social education, and spiritual growth results in children leaving for their next school as well-rounded, confident, thoughtful and caring young people.
- The school’s attainment and progress record over time shows that the majority of students achieve well above national and local benchmarked standards.
- The school holds gold curriculum awards for our arts and sports programmes.
Key Stage 2 Provision
Key Stage 2 curriculum delivers a full 25 hours to all children in Years 5 and 6 plus any extra-curricular activities and enrichment events.
|Year 5||Year 6|
|LCS / Literacy||9||5|
Classes in Year 5 are taught as mixed-ability groups. The Literacy teacher will also teach PSHE as well as humanities as Literacy and Combined Studies (LCS). This enables teachers to know their students in depth early on and to help them settle through transition. It offers a strong bridge between the ‘primary’ model of First School and the final year of KS2.
Classes in Year 6 are taught as mixed-ability groups apart from Maths and English where five teachers are available and there is a top group, three middle groups and one lower ability group.
History / Geography in Year 6 will show as Humanities in order for the teacher to have more flexibility in planning and assessing the programme of study, i.e. they can teach both lessons in a week as history rather than always having to stick to one of each per week.
Key Stage 3 Provision
Key Stage 3 curriculum delivers a full 25 hours per week plus extra-curricular activities and enrichment events.
|Year 7||Year 8|
In Year 7, 120 pupils are organised into 4 teaching groups. These are mixed ability tutor groups for many subjects but there is some differentiation in Science and French. Two tutor groups are mixed together and in some lessons banded in two groups: the groups are planned to ensure they are balanced in terms of ability and social mix. DT is taught in 3 groups for each half of the cohort (60 pupils). Creative Arts (CA) includes additional Art, Music and DT modules plus additional PSHE learning. Drama in Year 7 will complement the English curriculum.
In Year 8 arrangements are the same as Year 7. However, instead of drama there is a lesson of options subjects (guided preferences): from Italian, Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Music, Media Studies & Drama, Applied Sport and Exercise. This ‘Options’ lesson is strongly linked to our careers programme, both through the process of choosing and through explicit links to careers related to the subject including visiting speakers.
At St. Edward’s Royal Free we aim to meet all intentions laid out in the 2019 Ofsted framework documentation as well as all National curriculum requirements.