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Curriculum Areas - subject information

Our Vision demonstrates what we believe are the key values of education and outlines our aspirations for making our school the best environment to prepare our children for their future.

It is important that children have a rich and exciting curriculum experience at primary school and have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways. Our curriculum has been designed to allow our children to achieve their very best, to be ready for the next stage of their education and to be prepared for life in the 21st century. In order to be effective in a world that is changing rapidly, our children need to be independent, resilient and confident. Our curriculum is designed to make children confident, articulate, literate, numerate and able to cope with challenges.

We believe every child has interests, aptitudes, gifts and talents to develop. We encourage children to participate in all the school has to offer, whether in lessons, after school clubs, trips and outings, performances or sporting events. By the time children go to secondary school, every child should be aware of their strengths and all they have to offer.

At Felbridge our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 which guides what must be learned. The EYFS guidance which inspires Year R also flows into Year 1 and beyond as we use the characteristics of effective learning to provide a variety of learning experiences. Alongside this, we endeavour to provide a curriculum which excites, challenges, inspires and motivates each individual child.

Learning is organised to develop children's independence, enjoyment of learning and to encourage them to achieve the best they possibly can. We use various resources to ensure that children receive appropriate teaching to match their current levels of attainment. Where possible the curriculum has been designed so that children develop key skills which can be applied across several subject areas and where they are able to make connections between their learning and real life.

As an inclusive school, we aim through our curriculum to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential. We have a special needs co-ordinator who liaises with parents and staff to facilitate appropriate provision for children with special educational needs. More information appears in our Provision Map which can be viewed on the 'Our Provision' tab.


English develops children’s skills to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Our children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at patterns and structures. We aim to provide our children with the tools and skills required to become confident, enthusiastic and critical readers. Early readers are taught through a system of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. A variety of books are available for both emerging and confident readers from several reading schemes.

At Felbridge children are encouraged to express themselves imaginatively, creatively and effectively, therefore enabling them to use language to communicate ideas and enrich their learning across the curriculum.  

Read more about our approach to the teaching of English here:

Mathematics provides the means of understanding some of the most complex aspects of our world while, at a different level, it is essential to the efficient conduct of our everyday lives. Children need to appreciate the fascination of mathematics through pattern, logic and creative activities, while building a solid base of knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to estimate and calculate confidently. The applications of mathematics increase daily. The person with an understanding of the subject holds the key to understanding many other areas of human activity, which is why mathematics has a place a the heart of the curriculum. 

Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to communicate ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life situations. Mathematics is not only taught because it is useful; it should be a source of delight and wonder, offering pupils intellectual excitement and an appreciation of its essential creativity.
Have a look at our maths page for more information that may be useful in understanding how maths is taught at Felbridge, and our intent behind our curriculum choices.
Through the learning and teaching of science at Felbridge, children will increase their knowledge and understanding of the world and of themselves. Children are taught through practical activities which make science come alive. Their natural curiosity is stimulated with hands-on exploration and their ability to carry out investigative and independent tasks is increased. Science is also used as a vehicle to promote collaborative learning and teamwork, enabling children to think critically, work with others successfully and apply their knowledge and experience to the wider world. 
Our aim at Felbridge is to equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world, increasingly transformed by technology.  The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
Through our programme of study for computing, children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.  In this subject area, there is a clear shift from children purely using technology as consumers, to children using technology as creators, too.  A main element of learning in this area is ensuring that our children know how to use the internet and other technologies safely.
Creative Development
Through the arts children are given opportunities to learn about themselves and the world around them. They are encouraged to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in art, music, dance and drama to help them make connections in their learning. They are expected to communicate their thoughts and feelings, problem solve, generate a range of ideas and produce finished products.

Music offers a unique contribution to the overall development of the child. It is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. All children have the ability to achieve musically.

Design & Technology
Design and Technology provides children with opportunities to design, plan and develop ideas and make products with specific purposes. It also encourages children to become creative problem solvers and to be able to work with tools, equipment, materials and components safely.

Physical Education
PE develops our children's physical skills, abilities and general confidence in a wide range of activities. It develops children's knowledge of the body in action and a positive attitude towards a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.

History and Geography
The teaching of Humanities - history and geography - aims to provide children with an understanding of how change affects the land and its people, both locally and across the world. We encourage the development of children's skills of enquiry and interpretation through context-based study.

In history, children are taught to weigh up evidence and use a variety of sources of information to help them understand why and how events happened in the past.

The study of geography is aimed at helping children to gain a better understanding of the world around them and to enable them to appreciate and interact with their immediate environment.

Both subjects aim to develop children's understanding of the relationships between different countries, peoples and the effects they have on each other.

Religious Education
We aim to help our children understand the nature of religion and to develop their awareness of the fundamental questions of meaning and purpose raised by human experiences. Religious Education should aid spiritual, moral and social development helping children towards:
  • beginning to develop an understanding of the beliefs, practices and insights of religious faiths
  • appreciating the place of religion in human life and the important ways it affects the actions and attitudes of people
  • becoming aware of the cultural, religious and spiritual heritage of all members of the community
  • developing personal values and a respect for rights of others to hold beliefs different from one's own.

Modern Foreign Language
We believe that the learning of a modern foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our children. We are keen to promote the learning of a foreign language to all pupils of primary age.

Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, Social and Health Education at Felbridge underpins our school ethos to ensure that all children are happy, safe and healthy.

We follow the Jigsaw program which is a whole school approach that develops social, emotional and behavioural skills. We have various involvements from outside agencies that support the learning of citizenship and safety. We encourage and promote healthy living across the school.

Details of areas of learning being taught to each year group are on individual class pages.