Curriculum Information

Cavendish school follows the National Curriculum Framework guidance as set out by the DFE (Department for Education). Our staff have developed a broad and rich curriculum which meets statutory needs and expectations with a strong emphasis on the arts, creativity and self expression and reflection. Copies of the National Curriculum documents and curriculum policies are available at the school. You can find out more about the curriculum by clicking here.

At Cavendish School we encourage and embrace creative opportunities within our curriculum. The school holds the Silver Award Artsmark status for its work in art, dance, drama and music. We believe that the arts provide an opportunity for self expression and a means to respond to awe and wonder in the world around us.

The school has achieved the Sing Up Silver Award, Eco Schools Silver Award, Healthy School status and follows the International Schools Award to promote language and cultural understanding of life in Modern Britain and the wider world. Diversity and respect for different faiths and cultures is further explored through RE, and through our "House Activity Days."

House Activity Days are special events held each half term to foster children's wider understanding of the world around them. Children are vertically grouped in their houses and the house captains play an important role in the running of the sessions. Previous sessions include:

  • International Rights of the child
  • Chinese New Year
  • E-safety and anti-bullying worshop
  • Guy Fawkes and British Democracy
  • Diwali
  • WW1 and Remembrance
  • Reading and Phonics

The school follows a programme which supports the systematic teaching of phonics. Children are taught to recognise sounds orally and in print. Blending sounds together structures the ability to read and decode new words, whilst segmenting words into their composite sounds supports the ability to spell when writing. The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme which is linked to Letters and Sounds. Individual reading books, guided reading, games, writing and use of Interactive Whiteboard Software supports children at each stage in their learning. Please see our Links page for home access and support.

Foundation Stage

The youngest children, in the term prior to their admittance into Reception, are invited into the school for a series of ‘rising Reception’ sessions, class taster sessions and general summer term activities to help them settle in to the school. During their Reception Year, they will follow the Foundation Stage curriculum, working towards the Early Learning Goals. The aims are to develop personal, social and emotional wellbeing, to develop positive attitudes towards their learning, attention skills and persistence. The following areas are planned into their classroom activities:- language and communication, reading and writing, mathematics, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical and creative development.

The key principles during the Foundation Stage focus on play, talk, and practical first hand experiences, making use of the outside environment to extend their learning.

Key Stages 1 & 2

Pupils entering Key Stages 1 and 2 then study the ten subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education. The school follows the guidance provided by the National Curriculum Framework when planning. Copies of National Curriculum documents and curriculum policies are available at the school.

We aim to ensure that all pupils receive a broad and balanced education, which is relevant to their needs, meets national requirements and will be both enjoyable and stimulating. Please see the section on Assessment for details of how we ensure children make progress in their learning.


At Cavendish School we are committed to providing a full range of curriculum and enrichment opportunities to all children. We recognise that individuals have different needs and personalise our learning provision to enable each child to make progress and achieve their potential.