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The Sherwood School Curriculum

At The Sherwood, we aim to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum, where learning is engaging, relevant and enjoyable. From the Early Years and throughout, we seek the views of our children when planning so that their specific questions can be explored. As such, our curriculum is regularly reviewed and refreshed, ensuring that it meets statutory requirements as well as meeting the needs of our children.

'The teachers are always doing their best to help my child in all the subjects that he is doing and I can see my son has improved a lot and feels very confident and happy. The school make sure my child is safe 100%' Parent Survey September 2022

Children’s rights, wellbeing and mental health are at the heart everything that we do.

'Pastoral support is amazing at this school. I love the fact that there is appreciation of the creative arts and student success is well celebrated.' Parent Survey September 2022

Please click on the subject icons below to read detailed information about our approach to teaching and learning. Alternatively, please open our Curriculum Booklet to find out how learning is organised in our school.


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Intent: What are we aiming for?

  • Behaviour for Learning: thinking skills, independence; listening; sharing ideas; self- expression; Growth Mindset; risk-taking
  • Knowledge: development of metacognition; factual information; UNICEF Rights of the Child;
  • Skills: reading comprehension, writing and Maths Mastery
  • Encourage curiosity & love of learning
  • Appreciation and participation in the Expressive Arts
  • Care for the environment
  • Self-awareness and ability to recognise signs of stress and find ways to seek help

Implementation: How will we achieve our aim?

  • Holistic and relevant curriculum that engages and excites children
  • Focus on self-expression and development of thinking skills (P4C)
  • Focus on Expressive Arts: music, drama, art, dance
  • Tailored subject theme days and weeks
  • Maths Mastery
  • Focus on early reading skills: Little Wandle Letters & Sounds phonics programme
  • Guided reading & Accelerated Reader
  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Small group interventions: pre and post teaching
  • Visits and visitors
  • Extra-curricular experiences: clubs, competitions, pupil
  • Google Classroom home learning activities
  • PE including Health & Wellbeing curriculum
  • RSHE Curriculum to promote wellbeing – Me, My World, Our Future pilot

Impact: How will we measure success?

  • Formative Assessment: verbal and written feedback
  • Peer and self-assessment (target-setting)
  • Questioning and feedback
  • Paired talk and group work
  • Regular quizzes and low stakes tests ( spelling, times tables)
  • Pupil, parent and staff questionnaires
  • Summative Assessments: PIRA & PUMA / Big Write
  • Statutory Assessments
  • Local Authority and Ofsted inspections
  • Accelerated Reader, Nessy
  • Parent / carer partnership and feedback (both formal and informal)
  • Improvement in oracy and communication skills
  • Capture emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils (CORC surveys)
  • Work with Cluster schools & out-reach work (Maths hubs, MSTA)