At Phoenix Community Primary School, we believe that the curriculum is not just the subjects that are taught, it is all of the experiences that children have whilst they are at school which promote learning and personal growth and development.
We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. In order to do this, we have identified six 'learning skills'.
Much of the National Curriculum at Phoenix Community Primary School is delivered through whole-school themes. We believe that children learn best when subject matter is related to content that engages and excites them. These 'themes' begin with a whole-school focus and then each class takes their learning in a different direction and this is very much led by the children and their own interests.
The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are taught discreetly on a weekly basis although, if possible, links are made with the topics that the children are studying. Over the course of the week 7.5 hours are dedicated to English, 6 hours dedicated to Mathematics and 2 hours for Science.
Music and Computing is taught discreetly although where opportunities exist to apply their knowledge and skills in the wider curriculum, they are used. A specialist teacher teachings these at Key Stage 2.
Our aim is for all children to have 2 hours of Physical Education each week; Year 3 children will also have swimming lessons every week in the warmer terms (Feb half-term to October half-term).
Religious Education is taught weekly using the Kent Agreed Syllabus and the children learn some French at Key Stage 2.