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School Curriculum


Summer 2021: This section of the website is currently being updated

Pupils in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which works towards a set of Early Learning Goals (detailed info here). The Foundation Stage prepares children for Learning in Key Stage 1 and aims to ensure children have the necessary learning and social skills to be successful in school. The National Curriculum begins in year 1 and all other year groups at Crossdale will follow this framework. It comprises three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and other subjects (Computing, Design and Technology, History, Languages, Geography, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education) as well as Religious Education.

Throughout the school, appropriate programmes of study and attainment targets for National Curriculum subjects are covered.

Curriculum development is a continual process and recent years have seen a complete overhaul of our long-term curriculum plan which has aimed to make learning opportunities even more relevant and exciting.

New topics are presented in a way that ‘hooks’ the children and encourages them to ask questions and get excited about their learning. For instance, a recent topic on ’Invaders and Settlers’ started with children re-enacting a battle working alongside a teacher dressed as Boudica. The children were given minimal context prior to the ‘battle’ which created a deluge of questions immediately afterward - the children were well and truly ‘hooked’!

More information about our curriculum can be found below.