Our Curriculum is skills based, following guidance taken from Chris Quigley Essentials.
KEY STAGE 1 and 2 (Children aged 5 - 11)
Please visit our 'Pupils' section to view a detailed curriculum map for each phase.
Our school has adopted the National Curriculum 2014 following Government guidelines.
English and mathematics are taught daily, usually in discrete lessons at the level that each child is working at regardless of age. Teachers carefully differentiate tasks to match the needs of every child.
Children are taught to read with a daily phonics lesson to ensure that they quickly acquire the skills to become fluent and enthusiastic readers. Alongside this our school provides a range of reading books from well regarded publishers. Books are organised following the coloured band system giving children a wide range of choice within the band or level they are reading within.
Science, history, geography, art and design technology and music are taught using a topic approach. Teachers plan topics each year based on the interests of the children and following National Curriculum guidelines. Learning is planned carefully to ensure that children in mixed age classes always experience new subject material. An overview of topics is available on each class page.
Religious Education is taught discretely and our curriculum is planned following the Chelmsford Diocesan syllabus and the Understanding Christianity resource.
St Andrew's Religious Education Curriculum for 2018/19
A Modern Foreign Language is taught in Key Stage 2. Currently we offer Spanish.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in our Reception class and Pre-school follow a play based curriculum using the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum guidance. Child led learning holds a very important place in our planning, encouraging our children to plan, negotiate and problem solve.