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The key features of our school curriculum for academic year 2021-22

  • Teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the autumn term, but make use of existing flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content: Prioritisation within subjects of the most important components for progression will support our children in reaching their potential. We believe this will be more effective than removing subjects, which pupils may struggle to pick up again later.
  • Plan on the basis of the educational needs of pupils: Curriculum planning will be informed by an assessment of pupils’ starting points and addressing the gaps in their knowledge and skills, in particular making effective use of regular formative assessment. Teachers will use prerequisite lessons, observations of pupils in class, scrutiny of pupils’ work and talking to pupils to assess understanding, while avoiding the introduction of unnecessary tracking systems.
  • Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning: Remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching, or in the case of a local or national lockdown. This will be planned to mirror the learning in the classroom as much as possible to ensure children can continue to learn at home. See our Remote Learning Offer for more information.

In Reception, teachers will also assess and address gaps in language, early reading and mathematics, particularly ensuring children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and extending their vocabulary.

In Key Stage 1, school leaders will prioritise identifying gaps and re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum so that children read widely, and developing their knowledge and vocabulary. Our curriculum will remain broad, so that all of our children are taught a full range of subjects over the year, including sciences, humanities, the arts, physical education/sport, religious education and relationships and health education.


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