Subject Weighting

Key Stage 1

A significant amount of time is dedicated to ensuring pupils master key literacy and numeracy skills in Key Stage 1, building the firm foundations upon which pupils will have better opportunity to acquire and master new knowledge and skills across the breadth of the wider curriculum.   In our quest to ensure that all pupils graduate from Key Stage 1 as fluent and confident readers, proficient mathematicians with a firm understanding of place value and inspired writers with a firm grasp of syntax, we dedicate over 60% of their learning developing and consolidating a depth of understanding in these subject areas. It does however remain our intention to expose our pupils to a rich, well-balanced curriculum. It is vital that pupils also build foundations for their primary study in all curriculum areas, as the curriculum design relies on pupils making connections to prior learning and building a succession of knowledge. It is also crucial to us that, at this early stage in their learning journey, our pupils explore the opportunities available to them outside of core subjects and begin to identify their strengths and interests in the Arts, Sports, Sciences and other fields. We therefore dedicate over 4 hours per week to Science, History/Geography, Art/DT and MFL, with an additional 2.5 hours dedicated to Sports, Health and Fitness. The accompanying chart demonstrates the hours peer week dedicated to each subject, taking into account a degree of flexibility and freedom to allow for enrichment opportunities and reasonable adaptations to curriculum work to best suit the needs of pupils and the school community.

Key Stage 2

As we continue to raise standards in literacy and numeracy and support pupils to become masters in these areas, a significant amount of time is dedicated to these core areas. It is imperative that we continue to consolidate and build on the key knowledge and skills our pupils require in order to best access and flourish in the breadth of our curriculum on offer. It does however remain our intention to expose our pupils to a rich, well-balanced curriculum. It is vital that pupils build foundations for their primary study in all curriculum areas, as the curriculum design relies on pupils making connections to prior learning and building a succession of knowledge. It is also crucial to us that our pupils explore the opportunities available to them outside of core subjects and begin to identify their strengths and interests in the Arts, Sports, Sciences and other fields. In our current Key Stage 2 model, we have begun to allocate more time for History/Geography and Science, ensuring there is ample opportunity for pupils to acquire and retain new knowledge, and apply this towards a good quality of outcome. It is our intention therefore that, as standards begin to rise in core subjects, more time can be dedicated to the Sciences, Humanities and Arts, investing in the intellectual development of our pupils across a broader, more balanced curriculum. With frequent review of pupil outcomes, progress and attainment, we are able to evaluate and refine our timetables, continually looking for ways to ensure equitable distribution of time to a broad range of subjects. The accompanying chart demonstrates the hours peer week dedicated to each subject, taking into account a degree of flexibility and freedom to allow for enrichment opportunities and reasonable adaptations to curriculum work to best suit the needs of pupils and the school community.