We follow the National Curriculum and year group timetables show how lessons are planned over a regular week. The existing National Curriculum was published in 1999 - it is currently being reviewed, with changes likely to take place from September 2014.
Where it benefits learning, lessons will be developed around themes and cross-curricular links will be used to enahnce pupils' understanding that, for example, literacy and maths skills are not just for those lessons, but can and should be used at other times too!
Courthouse is also well known for our music, with performances at Christmas and the end of the academic year, but in between the choir, orchestra and recorder groups play on many occasions and to a wide range of audiences.
Each subject area in the Curriculum section includes details of the National Curriculum, as many parents express an interest in this. However, much of it is written for the education profession and the use of 'teacher speak' is common. If parts are difficult to follow, don't hesitate to ask us for further explanation or clarification. Note also that the level descriptions go beyond Primary expectations of levels 3 - 5 up to level 8, which is the target for the end of Key Stage 4. The idea is that parents can get a rough idea of the scope of a subject, as it is taught at Key Stage 2 and maybe engage in more meaningful discussions with their children:
Perhaps the common conversation -
"What did you do at school today?"
Can continue with something along the lines of -
"Aren't you learning how to separate different solids by using a sieve? I've got one here in the kitchen, let's find some things to put through it ... ".