Curriculum

At SCS, we recognise that children come from and progress to a variety of different schools, both independent and maintained.

To that end, we broadly follow the revised primary curriculum through Key Stage 2 and combine Key Stage 3 topics with the requirements for Common Entrance and scholarship, following the ISEB syllabus. By the time they leave in Year 8, most children will be well on the way to GCSE standard in academic subjects and many report that, for the first year of their senior school, they go over material they have already been taught.

We teach a full range of subjects: English, Drama, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, R.S. Computing, Class Music, PE and Games throughout the Prep school with pupils picking up Latin from Year 5. 

We take the view that all children have the potential to be gifted or talented in some fields and do not therefore label children as such. In preference, we offer a diverse range of activities both inside and outside the classroom which appeals to children with certain interests or talents. Additionally, there are formal workshops, often at senior schools, for those with particular skills. Sherborne’s ‘Cracking the Code’ day is popular, Godolphin run a number of activities including Classics and Creative Writing. There is the Dauntsey’s Dodecahedron competition and Southampton University’s Science challenge – at which we have an excellent record in winning! Additionally, we participate in a variety of national competitions and offer a broad range of activities, some designed for more able children: Code-breaking, Bridge, and Current Affairs to name but a few.

Children with learning issues are ably supported by our dynamic team in the Learning Centre and there is excellent communication between the Learning Support and teaching staff.

Children are taught in their forms for Years 3 and 4, being set only for Mathematics at this stage. They travel to subject specialists for PE, Games, French, Music, Computing and DT (sometimes Art).  By Year 5, they are gaining independence and are moving to different teachers for most subjects. Years 7 and 8 are taught exclusively by specialists – always the Heads of Department – and are set in the following subjects: Mathematics, Science, English, Latin, French, Computing and Music.

Pupil progress is monitored closely and communication between staff and parents is excellent. Potential scholars are identified early and we have a pleasing track record of scholarships and awards in many disciplines. All pupils have proceeded to their first choice destination school in recent years.

Curriculum Subjects

English

Our main aim is for every child to enjoy their English lessons, take pride in their work and be determined to produce their best possible effort, regardless of their ability.

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Maths

Mathematics is all around us although we don’t always recognise how much. It is in the patterns in nature (such as Fibonacci series) and discovering how things work such as road and bridge building.

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Science

Science has a high profile at Salisbury Cathedral School – we see it as an important subject with huge relevance to the technological age that we live in.

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Music

Visitors to Salisbury Cathedral School cannot possibly miss the sound of music as they walk around. Throughout the day, music can be heard in every corner of the school.

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History

At SCS, we unlock the secrets of the past by investigating and researching evidence and then discussing these at length.

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French

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela

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Computing

A computer specialist teaches every pupil from Year 3 to Year 8 and is on hand to assist with Years 1 and 2 as required.

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Drama

It is our aim that every child at Salisbury Cathedral School enjoys their speech and drama experiences, not just in the drama lesson, but in other curriculum areas as well.

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Latin

Far from being dead, irrelevant and consigned to the past, Latin and an appreciation of the Classics is very much alive at Salisbury Cathedral School.

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Religious Studies

Our aim is to enable pupils to understand the nature of religion, beliefs and practice from which will come a tolerance and respect for other cultures and faiths.

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Sport

Sport is an integral part of life at SCS and children begin lessons with specialised Games/PE staff from as early as their reception year.

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Life Skills

The purpose of Life Skills is to provide our pupils with learning opportunities where they acquire the knowledge, understanding skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives.

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Geography

Children today are exposed to a huge amount of information about the world around them and Geography can help them understand it by offering a wide range of practical skills and thinking skills.

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Art

Art at Salisbury Cathedral School is fun! Pupils have the opportunity to explore a wide range of different skills in their weekly Art lessons, ranging from silk painting to screen printing.

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Design Technology

Design and Technology is a popular subject throughout the school where pupils have the opportunity to use their imagination and creativity to design and make in a wide range of materials.

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