The Curriculum comprises the total learning experience offered by the School and includes attitudes and values as well as skills, knowledge and understanding; we believe this to be essential for the development of children as responsible, caring and participating members of the community.
The practice in Nursery and Reception is directed by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This is a very important stage as it helps each child to get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. This curriculum is designed to support practitioners working with children from birth to the age of five, on the premise that children's early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure, and support their development, care and learning needs.
In both Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11), the subjects of the National Curriculum are taught through integrated themes and topics, which change each term, as well as through subject-based teaching. There is a strong focus on the development of the core skills of reading, writing, communication and mathematics both within daily English and Mathematics lessons and activities and throughout the curriculum. This curriculum enables children to see connections in their learning, and develop their thinking skills and creativity. Children also receive at least two hours of dedicated Physical Education each week.
The School implements the National Curriculum for all children from Year 1 to Year 6. (The curriculum came into force in September 2014 with the first year being a transition year for some year groups). Last year's Year 2 and Year 6 were the first cohorts to be assessed on this curriculum in summer 2016, with both year groups having experienced two years of the new curriculum. The Belmont Curriculum, devised to be implemented at the same time, incorporates the expectations of this National Curriculum, within the integrated approach detailed above. Several new topics and themes were drawn up and developed over the course of 2014-15. Some adjustments were made in the first year of implementation to ensure that the National Curriculum would be fully covered as children move through the School, with appropriate progression and continuity.
Each year group has a curriculum plan which is distributed by ParentMail and available here. More information is made available over the year to parents via regular letters home.
For more detail on specific curriculum areas, please follow the links below.