At Larchfield we follow the statutory requirements of The National Curriculum. The curriculum was revised in 2014 by the Department for Education and the changes were published as the New National Curriculum which became statutory for Primary Schools from September 2015. The national expected standard for attainment became is more difficult to achieve for every year group. Broadly, children are now expected to understand and apply knowledge at a deeper level than before. e.g. the curriculum objectives and attainment for Yr 2 are what was previously expected for Yr 3. These changes are reflected in new attainment descriptors, new language of attainment and new progress measures across Key Stage One to the end of Key Stage Two. The National curriculum document can be accessed through the link below.
Academic achievement is very important for every child’s lie outcomes. The core subjects of English and Maths are taught in the morning. Cross curricular topic work takes place in the afternoons. However, at Larchfield we believe a rounded education that includes success in Sport, Music and the Creative Arts is just as important. We employ a Sport’s Coach who teaches Physical Education across the whole school, including the Nursery. Berkshire Maestros provide instrumental lessons. The school also puts great emphasis on children performing. Every child in the school, including Nursery, has just taken part on Christmas productions. The older children performed ’Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat’ to great acclaim.