At The Blue Coat School we pride ourselves on providing a stimulating curriculum that promotes each child’s learning, personal growth and development.

The children are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills as they become independent learners; they learn to work together and co-operate with each other to emerge as positive, responsible people; and their creativity is fostered through a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities. The positive values and attitudes the children learn are integral to the curriculum. Thus they acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be able to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

The specific education provision for each Key Stage is described here:

Early Years Foundation Stage (Ages 2-5)

Buttons Nursery, Transition and Reception classes form the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014) and the non-statutory guidance Early Years Outcomes (2013) underpin the curriculum for the children in this age group.

Seven areas of learning and development shape the educational programmes for children in the EYFS. The prime areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These prime areas are strengthened and applied through the four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

All these areas of learning and development are important and are interconnected. They are particularly crucial in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to persevere, form relationships and thrive. For the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage a happy and engaging environment is created, with activities planned to meet the particular needs and interests of each child.

Key Stage 1 (Ages 5-7)

A broad and balanced curriculum, which meets and exceeds national guidelines, is designed to meet the needs of this age group and to establish a firm structure upon which future learning can be built. Within small classes, each child’s talents are identified and developed: a spirit of enquiry is fostered, and imagination and creativity flourish.

In Key Stage 1 the children are taught by their Class Teacher with support from the Teaching Assistants. Subjects are taught discretely in mixed-ability groups; children requiring additional support in literacy and numeracy are sometimes taught in small groups. Daily English and Maths lessons are complemented each week by lessons in History, Geography, Religious Education, Computing, PSHE, Art, Design Technology, Music, PE and Swimming. In Year 2, a Modern Foreign Language is taught and an awareness of the culture of the country is promoted.

Within Key Stage 1 the children are offered exciting opportunities across a broad range of academic, creative, sporting and social activities. They acquire new knowledge, grasp new concepts and progress according to their ability, so increasing their understanding and developing their skills in the subjects taught.

Key Stage 2 (Ages 7-11)

In Prep, we ensure that the curriculum is compelling, varied and accessible – our aim is that the children should look forward to their lessons! Maths and English are at the top of the agenda, taught by dedicated and enthusiastic members of staff, who prepare the children for their schooling beyond Year 6. With specialist teaching starting in Year 3 for PE/Games, Art, Design Technology, Music and Modern Languages, pupils benefit from excellent subject knowledge and high standards. Computing, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education complete the curricular picture. Small classes ensure that every child can thrive, and those with particular areas of academic strength can be challenged appropriately.

Lessons in the classroom are regularly enhanced by historical re-enactments (Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Aztecs and Victorians), Shakespearean workshops, and inputs from our Artist-in-Residence. These are complemented by Farm Outings, Geography Field Trips, and visits to such places as Stratford-upon-Avon. The programme reaches its climax in the Outward Bound Venture at BushCraft (Year 6) and the annual French Trip (Year 6).

We place great importance on Music, Art, Sport and Drama: every child has the opportunity to take part in concerts, exhibitions, matches and musicals. Recent productions, always immensely enjoyed, have included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Oliver!, Peter Pan and Bugsy Malone.

A dynamic Friday afternoon Enrichment Programme allows the senior children a chance to broaden their horizons and stretch their minds. Debating, Philosophy, Team-building and Lateral Thinking are just some of the options available this year, together with a choice of practical and sporting activities.

In Prep the children are taught not only the wide range of academic subjects but also the behaviours and values needed for lifelong learning – independence, co-operation, critical thinking and perseverance. As they get older they are given greater responsibility and, importantly, are taught how best to use it. Application and endeavour are highly prized, as they will be the keys to success in later life.