Forestdale Primary School

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Our Curriculum

Pupils say that they enjoy lessons and that their teachers make learning fun for them. They talk enthusiastically about topics they have studied such as the Second World War and the ancient Egyptians.   Ofsted


At Forestdale Primary School high standards and creativity are central to our ethos. We have created a carefully devised skills-based curriculum which honours children’s creativity and makes learning exciting and relevant for every child, enabling them to flourish. The leaning at Forestdale is vivid, real and meaningful with many first-hand experiences and opportunities.


Geography/History - Year 5- Maya Totem Poles


We aim for our children to take on responsibility and have ownership of their learning, think for themselves and be creative; they celebrate one another’s cultural diversity and learn about their different faiths and traditions. This is based on their prior learning experiences. We aim to take our children on a journey so they can reach the stars.


We provide:


  • A curriculum where every child is able to find their true talents
  • Learning in real life situations- opportunities to negotiate, resolve conflict, problem solve and think for themselves
  • No limits on learning. We take children to unknown worlds
  • A curriculum which provoke lines of enquiry- the children ask the questions
  • An environment that develops pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural developments
  • Pupils with a strong sense of right and wrong and use various techniques to resolve peacefully any disputes that may arise between them
  • A carefully planned whole school curriculum focussed on achievement and progression.


Art- Year 6- Pop Art display


Key Stage 1 and 2

The National Curriculum is taught at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) and at Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5, & 6). The National Curriculum subjects are English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design Technology, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) and Religious Education.

Geography/Art- Year 1- Making Features of the Local Area from Salt Dough


In Reception your child will be taught the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This prepares your child to begin the National Curriculum in Year 1. The EYFS Practice Guidance, states:

‘There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.’


Communication and Language- Reception- Role Play on a Building Site


The Foundation Curriculum covers seven learning areas. Three Prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

Topic Based Curriculum

Children's learning in each area of the curriculum is organised into 'topics'. Each term, there is a cross curricular class theme and many of curricular subjects are linked to this 'topic'.

Not all units of work fit into the 'topic'. We ensure our children experience all the learning opportunities promoting a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with the new National Curriculum requirements. These units are taught as stand-alone units.



History/D.T/Maths- Year 2- Making Fire Engines as part of the Great Fire of London topic

Termly Topic Focus

Autumn Spring Summer
History Geography Science

English/ Drama- Year 5- Interviews 

What Our Parents Say: 

I am really proud that my daughter attends the school that values all areas of the curriculum and inspires and values the children. Well done and thank you.


I particularly like that the school has a fun and creative curriculum.


Our daughter always talks about different places, religions and culture with interest. It’s good to see her learning about this. 


My child has access to fantastic trips linked to topics.