What informs our curriculum?
Please click below to see a statement about our school's curriculum.
For a whole school curriculum planning overview, Please note that this is a guide only. Teachers may adapt the topics or order if needed.
As part of our teaching we promote equality and inclusivity. Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) are included in learning experiences with reasonable adjustments and scaffolding where needed. Teachers receive the support of the Inclusion Co-ordinator and attend training to meet the needs of individual pupils. Our school is guided by legislation and works tirelessly to ensure compliance with this and with regional directives. The Equality Policy and SEND policy outline how to do this in more detail, including guidance on Individual Education Plans for SEND pupils.
In Key Stage 1, we use the phonics scheme 'Rocket Phonics'.
We use a variety of age appropriate books for our reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Rigby.
Information on Literacy:
Recommended reading lists:
Class teachers are responsible for teaching the whole curriculum, with a focus on the core subjects of Maths, English, Science and Religious Education.
They do this through thematic learning with cross curricular areas of learning. We are committed to providing enrichment activities and events throughout the school year to enhance all subjects throughout the curriculum. Children in Years 1 - 6 study all subjects in the National Curriculum, often within a thematic approach. This includes English, Mathematics, Science, Computing (computer/technology skills), History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education combined with Citizenship. Sex Education is taught sensitively throughout the school and the policy is in line with the Christian ethos of the school. The opportunity to learn a modern foreign language has been introduced for the top classes.
All areas of learning are underpinned by progressive subject skills which ensure that pupils are learning and being taught at an appropriate level. For staff at St Nicholas, deep and meaningful learning is achieved through repetition and the ability of children to transfer and apply competencies in different contexts. Teachers ensure that learning is highly motivational and enhanced by visits.
Each child is monitored throughout the year through on-going assessment and occasional tests and progress is communicated to parents during parent consultations and within reports. In Year 2 and Year 6, children participate in end of Key Stage tests.
Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Under 5s, which is based around child initiated play to enhance learning.
Music is a strength of the school with a high percentage of children singing in our church and school choirs. We actively encourage pupils who play a musical instrument to perform at school events and in our assemblies. We have a very successful African drumming group. All pupils are given the opportunity to learn and perform across all the creative arts from Reception to Year 6. We participate in musical activities within our local consortium of schools.
We are particularly proud of our sporting achievements, being one of the smaller schools in Harpenden. We are active members of the Harpenden School Sports Partnership. We regularly participate in County and District events. As part of our PE curriculum all children have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons for one session a week for one term each year. For further information on sport at St Nicholas, please see our sports premium page.