Curriculum - General Statement

2015 Onwards SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are taught the National Curriculum. Also included in Yardley's curriculum are Thinking Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Health Education and French. Programmes of Study (work to be covered) are prescribed for each Key Stage.

Some subjects are taught as the focus of topics. These are ‘blocked’ into units to be taught at various times during the year. Some teaching time is not allocated to specific subjects. The teacher decides the curriculum to teach during this time allocation. The topics tackled will reflect the interests and needs of the particular class being taught. During the school year classes often make educational trips to complement work being done in school.

Physical Education is a major feature of school life and older children compete in competition against other schools in football, netball, cross country running, cricket, athletics and rounders. We feel competition is an element of life and should be experienced within school. Dealing with winning and losing is an essential part of growing up. Many of our PE lessons are taught by specialist coaches.

In addition to the timetabled curriculum there is individual and group music tuition given by specialist teachers to junior pupils who wish to participate and show some aptitude with a specific instrument, string, woodwind or brass. Specialist coaches teach sports and there are numerous sports clubs and inter-school competitions.

 

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

KEY STAGE 2

Subjects taught to a weekly timetable:

English                       5 hours per week

Mathematics              5 hours per week

Science                      2 hours per week

Computing                1.5 hours per week

PE                               2 hours per week

MFL                            1 hour per week

Thinking Skills           1 hour per week

 

Subjects taught as Topics on a yearly timetable – 5 hours per week over 38 weeks – total 190 hours

History                         equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      30 hours per year

Geography                  equivalent to 6x 1 week topics                       30 hours per year

Art & Design                equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      30 hours per year

Design Technology     equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      30 hours per year

Religious Education    equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      30 hours per year

Music                           equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      30 hours per year

PSHE                            equivalent to 2 x 1 week topics                      10 hours per year

 

Thinking Sills encompasses emotional intelligence and social development as well as logic and will cover the personal and social aspects of units outlined in the PSHE scheme of work. The 2 PSHE topics will cover physical health.

 

KEY STAGE 1 

Subjects taught to a weekly timetable:

English                       5 hours per week

Mathematics               5 hours per week

Science                       1.5 hours per week

Computing                 1.25 hours per week

PE                                2 hours per week

MFL                             1 hour per week

Thinking Skills            1 hour per week

 

Subjects taught as Topics on a yearly timetable – 4 hours per week over 38 weeks – total 152 hours

History                         equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      24 hours per year

Geography                   equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      24 hours per year

Art & Design                equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      24 hours per year

Design Technology     equivalent to 6x 1 week topics                       24 hours per year

Religious Education   equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      24 hours per year

Music                           equivalent to 6 x 1 week topics                      24 hours per year

PSHE                            equivalent to 2 x 1 week topics                      8 hours per year

 

Thinking Sills encompasses emotional intelligence and social development as well as logic and will cover the personal and social aspects of units outlined in the PSHE scheme of work. The 2 PSHE topics will cover physical health.