The Curriculum

At St Lawrence VA Lower School we aim to provide an education that is broad and balanced. The school’s curriculum is based on a creative curricular topic approach to learning which a variety of key skills, knowledge, breadth of learning and cross curricular links.  There is a new ‘whole school’ topic each term. Parents are informed termly of the topics that the children will cover.

The school curriculum aims to:

  • Enable children and staff to develop their full potential
  • Achieve high standards across the curriculum
  • Create a caring, stimulating and supporting environment
  • Nurture a love of learning that helps children to develop lively, imaginative and enquiring minds
  • Give pupils an understanding of religious and moral values
  • To respect other races, beliefs and ways of life
  • Foster positive social skills, self-respect and a caring attitude towards all others in the school and in the wider community

Our Early Years, Nursery and Reception, follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum and work towards the Early Learning Goals. The curriculum for the Key Stage 1 and 2 children is shaped by the requirements of the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, and Science are the core subjects. Design and Technology, Geography, History, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education are the foundation subjects. The curriculum also includes ICT, Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Children start learning French in Year 3. All children are taught Religious Education in accordance with the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus.

The KS1 Phonics programme we follow is Sounds-Write and we use a variety of reading schemes such as The Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Rocket, Fireflies and National Geographic.

At St Lawrence, full coverage of the National Curriculum, 2014 is achieved in a two year cycle for both Key Stage 1 (ages 5-6) and Lower Key Stage 2 (7+).

School policies, schemes of work and other relevant documents may be viewed by arrangement with the Head Teacher.  Staff work collaboratively to review, revise and refine policies and practices.  Training is an on-going process for all members of staff.

Curriculum Enrichment

From time to time we have special theme days, for example, World Book Day, Arts Day, Maths Week, health and fitness activities. The children work in family groupings, they are good fun and enable the children to use and apply skills and knowledge in a range of situations.

We also take the children on educational visits and invite specialists into school to enrich our curriculum, motivate and inspire our children.

Please click on the following link for an overview of our annual curriculum topics, ICT and RE for 2015-16:

Curriculum Topics, ICT and RE Overview

Curriculum Year Group Guides

Following on from the Working Together Meetings held week commencing 19th September 2016, please click on the following links to view the Curriculum Parent Guides :

Parent Guide – Year 1

Parent Guide – Year 2

Parent Guide – Year 3

Parent Guide – Year 4

Spring Term 2017 – Curriculum Pamphlets – Rhythms of the World: