Primary curriculum 1

Primary curriculum

Excellent teaching

Staff in the Primary Department place God at the centre of the entire curriculum and we actively encourage all children to give of their best.

Although we don’t follow the national curriculum tests at Key stage 1 or 2, our children are tested regularly and our experience is that broadly the average child is generally about a year ahead by the end of key stage 2 in their core skills.  These comprise:

  • English (including reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, speaking and listening)
  • Maths (including mental maths)
  • Science

A broad curriculum

Teaching in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science is supported by a range of other subjects including Music, Arts and Crafts, History, Geography, Biblical Studies, French, PE and Computer Skills.

Project work is greatly enjoyed by pupils and is developed around different themes each term.  Collaboration and cooperation are notable features of the children’s interaction and both are strongly encouraged.

There are opportunities for all pupils to participate in dramatic and musical events and to take part in lunchtime clubs which have included choir, chess, football and cartooning.  In addition, our year 6 pupils are usually given the opportunity to work for their cycling proficiency qualification.

Our pupils are encouraged to consider others both at home and abroad, and opportunities to serve are brought into school life as often as possible.

Gardening in the school garden is something that is incorporated into teaching of science and projects throughout the primary school.  The children greatly enjoy working together for entry to the annual Witney Town Council Schools in Bloom gardening competition.  The King’s School vegetable garden has won Gold Certificates and Silver Gilt since the competition has been running.