Our School Curriculum

To find out more about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Kellie Russell.

Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum is built around our children.

At Herstmonceux School we teach our 'Challenge Curriculum' that includes the National Curriculum which sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn.

Underpinning the skills, knowledge and competencies that we teach in each of the subject areas are the

core elements of our school curriculum, which underpin our beliefs and communicate the ethos of our school.

Children develop a strong sense of moral purpose, become well rounded, empathetic young people who have a

thirst for learning and respect for all around them.

Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for children.

Teaching is driven by methodical curriculum design, with units of work that focus in depth on key topics.

Lessons and resources are crafted carefully to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage in our Reception class and we teach the

National Curriculum programmes of study in KS1 and KS2.

This teaching is enhanced with various interactive learning programmes,

eg phonics bug, espresso and mymaths.

Music and Sport provision is enhanced by the school investing in specialist teachers and coaches

who provide opportunities for pupils across the school, including:

singing, recorder, cricket, rugby and gymnastics teaching.

Phonics and reading are taught using the DfE 'Letters and Sounds' programme supported by

Phonics Bug and other materials and the 'Power of Reading' programme.

Our curriculum is further enhanced by rigorous and well planned

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC).

We teach the East Sussex programme of study for PSHE, supported by

SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials and e-safety programme.