Curriculum Information

Here at Cavendish Primary school we follow the National Curriculum Framework guidance as set out by the DFE (Department for Education).The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. For further information take a look at The National Curriculum as published by the DFE.
Our staff have developed a broad and rich curriculum which meets statutory needs and expectations with a strong emphasis on the arts, creativity, self expression and reflection. 
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.

We hold a number of further awards including; the Sing Up Silver Award, Eco Schools Silver Award, Healthy School status, Gold award in School Games and One Life Health & Wellbeing Excellence. 

To further enhance the National Curriculum 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 workshop
  • Guy Fawkes and British Democracy
  • Diwali
  • WW1 and Remembrance
  • Reading and Phonics

In Cavendish we follow 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 the Interactive Whiteboard Software supports children at each stage in their learning. Please also take a look at The Reading Framework as published by the DFE.

Foundation Stage
In the Summer term prior to their admittance into Reception class, our new intake children, are invited into the school for a series of ‘Rising Reception’ sessions and class taster sessions, to help familiarise themselves with their surroundings before they start school in September.
During their Reception Year, they will follow the Foundation Stage curriculum, working towards the Early Learning Goals. 
The key principles of the Foundation Stage focus on play, talk, and practical first hand experiences, making use of the outside environment to extend their learning. Find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework.

Key Stages 1 & 2
Pupils entering Key Stages 1 and 2 go on to study subjects in the National Curriculum Framework as set out by the DFE. The school follows the guidance provided by the National Curriculum Framework when planning. 

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 our Assessment page 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. 
For further information take a look at our SEND page.