History, Geography, Science, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and PE
The school uses the International Primary Curriculum as the basis for its own curriculum. The IPC is a topic-based series of units of work which cover all areas of History, Geography, Art, Music, Society, Technology, PE and numerous other points of interest and learning. The progressive, sequenced and coherently planned curriculum design is one which, at its roots, starts with the child at the centre and, by the end of the children's time in Year 6, is very much focused outwards, with children having a great awareness of the history that has led us to where we are today, and the global responsibilities that being a citizen of the future brings. It is an ambitious curriculum, wide-ranging in its topic areas and ensures that every child covers all aspects of the National Curriculum as well as numerous other areas of study and interest. All children access the curriculum at the same level; it is built in such a way that there is no need for differentiation.
The curriculum is generously and comprehensively resourced, so teachers have immediate access to anything they require to aid the children's learning. Lessons vary from practical, hands-on experience of real-life events to discursive consideration of the implications of what has been learned. It is enriched with numerous visits to museums, important landmarks in London and beyond and every topic includes at least one - and frequently more - trips out. It is further enriched by a range of visiting performers and storytellers and the Now Press Playinteractive experiences, which are specifically linked to topics in the IPC.
Each topic is prefaced in children's books with a cover sheet detailing the content of the learning, what learning is being built upon and what will be following on. These sheets also list the fundamental core concepts what are being taught within the unit, concepts which are revisited, revised and built upon as the children progress through the curriculum, helping learners remember the concepts they have been taught into integrate new knowledge into these larger concepts. For a summary of how the IPC is used in Nursery and Reception, and how it ties into the Early Years Foundation Stage, click here. For a summary of the topics covered from Year 1 upwards, click here and for the cover sheets, which give greater detail on content of specific topics, as well as how they cover the National Curriculum, click on the following links: KS1, Lower KS2, Upper KS2. For a summary of the art projects linked to the IPC and the art skills progression, please click here.