At Salisbury Cathedral School, we believe that our curriculum should be broad, challenging, balanced and relevant, meeting the needs of the children, whatever their abilities, special needs and interests.
The curriculum is developed in relation to the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals, the National Curriculum and the demands of Common Entrance and the Common Academic Scholarship, determined by ISEB. We ensure that the range of subject matter is appropriate and that the learning opportunities challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning for all.
The curriculum is planned effectively, promoting continuity and progression. It encourages a love of learning and a commitment to lifelong achievement.
Through the provision of rich and varied activities, planned and unplanned, we aim to:
- Allow all pupils every opportunity to learn and to make progress, whilst acquiring skills in speaking, listening, literacy and numeracy.
- Encourage the best possible progress and highest attainment.
- Enable pupils to make connections across different areas of learning.
- Help pupils to think creatively and independently to solve problems and to show initiative.
- Develop pupil's capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
- Develop pupil's self-knowledge, esteem and confidence to enable them to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities.
- Enable pupils to acquire a broad range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding.
- Facilitate the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
- Recognise the role of parents in their child's education.
The taught curriculum starts in Pre-Prep, which includes the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2. In these year groups, pupils are largely taught by their class teachers and study Numeracy and Literacy, whilst Science, History and Geography are taught through topic work. Religious Studies, French, PSHE, Art, Physical Education, ICT and Music are also taught as separate subjects, although they are often also included in cross-curricular topic work. Learning at the Foundation Stage is encouraged through practical and creative activities. Regular trips and visitors enhance the children's learning.