Curriculum

At Carpenters, we strive to ensure our children access a broad and balanced curriculum, through a skills based creative curriculum (Topic) approach. Through this approach, we ensure children are engaged in their learning and acquire the transferable skills they need as they progress through the school and prepare for their next stage of learning.

The Topic Curriculum is taught through exciting half termly topics from EYFS to Year 6. Through each topic, children are given opportunities to apply their learning across a range of genres and subjects. In particular, they have regular opportunities to write at length across the curriculum, read a range of topic related texts and apply their learning in mathematics to their learning in the foundation subjects.

During each half term, classes take part in a range of activities such as D&T days, art days, educational visits, RE weeks, visits from outside agencies and other special events. Take a look at our ‘Topic’ and ‘Learning Outside of the Classroom links’, to see what we have been up to.

Topic (creative curriculum) yearly overview - please click on the link to view.

EYFS
Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. This covers 2 main areas of learning which are separated into Prime and Specific Areas as follows:

Prime Areas:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Physical Development

Specific Areas:
Literacy (Reading & Writing)
Maths
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

KS1 & 2:
At Carpenters, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum. Children in years 1-6 are taught the following subjects:

Core Subjects:
English (including Phonics (KS1), Reading & Writing)
Maths
Science

Foundation Subjects:
Computing (Formerly ICT)
Physical Education (PE)
Music
Art & Design
Design & Technology (D&T)
History
Geography
Religious Education (RE)
Spanish (Years 3-6)
P4C (Philosophy for Children)

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Development (SMSC) including Fundamental British Values (FBV):
At Carpenters, in order to ensure our children develop into well-rounded and confident citizens in the wider community, we provide the following expectations and opportunities:

  • We ensure that the school’s RESPECT values are embedded in everything we do;
  • We teach RE through the Newham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE);
  • We provide daily acts of collective worship, including opportunities for reflection and celebration;
  • We celebrate the festivals of our community throughout the year;
  • We provide opportunities to reflect on key questions and issues every week, through our P4C sessions;
  • We ensure Personal Health & Relationship Education (including Sex Education) is taught through the Science Curriculum and separate sessions where appropriate;
  • We plan and celebrate special weeks such as: Anti-bullying Week, e-Safety Week, Cultural Week and Happy & Healthy Weeks;
  • We work closely with external agencies to ensure our children have access to specialist knowledge and support such as: Transport for London, Growing Against Gangs and Violence Team (GAGV) and Lifeguards.

Homework
Homework is used to support and consolidate basic skills in English, mathematics and topic. Homework is set each week on a Thursday and consists of three tasks: spelling, mental maths and topic research. These tasks should be completed by the child at home and then handed in the following Monday. Parents are asked to supervise homework and guide where necessary but we do encourage pupils to be as independent as possible as they progress in their learning. Parents and carers are encouraged to write a comment to the class teacher in their homework book each week.

In addition to their written homework, children are encouraged to read for 10-15 minutes each night to an adult. This should then be signed off in their reading records.

Library
The school library is open to children throughout the day for children in the Early Years who are taken weekly to choose a book to take home. In KS1 & KS2 children are encouraged to use the library at lunchtime or after school on designated days