'A good nation is good because of how education has shaped the perspective and understanding of the populace.'
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
After their Reception year where the children study the EYFS curriculum, children move into Year one and the National Curriculum.
For most subjects, surriculum knowledge is covered over a two year phase:
Key Stage 1 - year 1/2
Lower Key Stage 2 - year 3/4
Upper Key Stage 2 - year 5/6
The key progression points are Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 where expectations of learning increase. Year 2, 4 and 6 are when children have opportunities to master skills and understanding in subjects, within a different context.
Some aspects of English (notably phonics in the early years), and Mathematics the curriculum follow an annual cycle by year group.
SPRING TERM 2023
Key Stage 1
Year 1 and 2
Lower Key Stage 2
Year 3 and 4
Upper Key Stage 2
Year 5 and 6
We have designed our curriculum to be outward looking, into the world. We believe in the intrinsic value of learning and education: the development of intellectual and cultural interests, good character (moral fibre), a healthy lifestyle and the achievement of educational standards which will help our young people make their way in the modern world. We want every child educated at Kingsmead to enjoy a good quality of life, to participate and make a positive contribution to their community and the environment. For all to enjoy and achieve we intend that our curriculum has depth and breadth with each subject and area of learning contributing to an experience for children that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Standards measured through National Tests are achieved within a broad, balanced and rich curriculum where children are encouraged to take on opportunities from a wide range of subjects and develop their interests, gifts and talents. Children are also supported in developing healthy lifestyles through Physical Education. PHSE helps pupils to learn and understand that they have both rights and responsibilities: respect for and valuing difference, upholding the rule of law, democracy and and how to stay safe and behave kindly to others.
By working together, teaching staff, parents, carers and children too, every child can work hard, enjoy their learning, achieve well and enjoy their success. English, Mathematics and Science are core subjects and, as such, more time is spent on their study. High standards in English and Mathematics are essential for children to participate fully in school and set them up for wider choices in life. We teach the core subjects both through thematic topics and discretely as outlined in the documents on this page.
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Where My Wellies Take MeChildren in years 1 and 2 learn to mix colours, apply paint and work collaboratively, making work to celebrate the environment beneath our feet.
A Garden for the GreeksOver 90 children worked on the garden at RHS Tatton from designing the planting scheme and growing the willow in optional learning provided through Gardening Club and Art Club who made the Gods and Monsters.