Grayshott CE Primary School - Curriculum Statement
At Grayshott CE Primary School, we use the National Curriculum as the basis for what we teach in each year group throughout the year. That is really only the beginning, though.
Our curriculum is designed to nurture the whole child and meet every child’s needs. We aim to introduce children to the best that has been thought and said, helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. Our curriculum is driven by our Christian vision and values:
'Acorns to Mighty Oaks'
We are acorns growing to mighty oaks.
Our roots are in Christian teachings and in a loving, supportive village and church family.
Our branches are strong moral character and a love of learning.
Our fruit will be fulfilling lives that make a positive difference in the world.
“They will be called the oaks of righteousness.” Isaiah 61: v1-3
From our vision statement, staff identified three ‘Golden Threads’ which run throughout our curriculum. These are:
- Using, understanding and valuing the natural world in order to make a positive difference in the world. The curriculum encourages outdoor learning opportunities and makes the most of our wonderful school grounds whenever possible. Children learn about the risks to the environment and how to make a positive difference in tackling this.
- Being part of diverse communities at all levels (within school, the local community nationally and internationally). Our curriculum promotes British values and reflects diversity, particularly as this diversity is not fully reflected in the local area. Children are enabled to understand, respect and celebrate difference and diversity and have the opportunity to make links with others outside of the school.
- Acquiring the skills and attitudes to become life-long learners. Children have the opportunity to apply their English and Maths knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and use technology to enhance and support their learning. The curriculum encourages a growth mindset to promote aspiration, resilience, confidence and curiosity.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum. In Early Years there are seven areas of learning:
- communication and language
- physical development; personal
- social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
These areas of learning are then built upon in Years 1-6 when children study the full range of subjects in the National Curriculum. The core subjects are:
Foundation subjects are:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages (at KS2)
All subject leaders have developed a clear progression for their subject which ensures that learning experiences build on prior knowledge and skills. Each class has a topic per half term, with a focus on one or two subjects, often History, Geography or Science. Meaningful links are made between subjects where this is appropriate, but sometimes a subject or unit of work will be taught separately as a stand-alone sequence of lessons. Rich, high-quality texts are linked to different topics and reading is a focus across the curriculum.
We believe that our engaging, well-designed curriculum will ensure that every child leaves us fully prepared for the next stage of their education.
Please see our individual subject pages to read about each subject in more detail.
Our Curriculum Overview