Curriculum Subjects


Aims (INTENT) - Our curriculum will:

  1. Be firmly based on our children and their present and future relationships with the locality and wider world

  2. Be rich, broad and balanced and meaningful

  3. Consider the well being of the children as a whole

  4. Enable all children to reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum as well as developing individual talents and interests

  5. Encourages children to ask and answer questions about important issues and events

  6. Develop highly functional, independent, flexible learners for now and the future


Principles - In order to achieve these aims, we will plan learning experiences that:

1. Are firmly based on our children and their present and future relationship with the locality and wider world:

  • Use contexts based where possible on the local and extending to the national and global

  • Respond to current events or issues at a local and wider level

  • Provide opportunities for children to make a positive contribution to the community, both locally and in the wider world

  • Place the school at the heart of our community

2. Be rich, broad and balanced and meaningful:

  • Meet and go beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum

  • Make links within and between subjects.

  • Include a variety of stimuli, contexts, types of activity and means of expression that are relevant to the children and have a clear purpose

3. Consider the well-being of the children as a whole:

  • Have social, moral and spiritual and cultural aspects embedded within all areas

  • Promote a healthy lifestyle (mental and physical)

  • Enable children to develop the personal skills needed for happy and successful future lives

4. Enable all children to reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum as well as developing individual talents and interests:

  • Are challenging for all

  • Provide plentiful opportunities for children to apply what they have learned in other contexts

  • Respond to the needs and interests of the children

5. Encourages children to ask and answer questions about important issues and events:

  • Inspire - through exciting and relevant topics with engaging starters, memorable events and motivating outcomes

  • Use 'Big Questions' to stimulate children's interest and encourage them to think about topics in a broader and more significant context
  • Encourage children to question and hypothesise

6. Develop highly functional, independent, flexible learners for now and the future:

  • Embed core skills in mathematics, literacy and ICT across the curriculum

  • Teach key life skills

  • Encourage children to be adventurous and regard mistakes as opportunities for learning

  • Teach children how to learn as well as what to learn, so they are prepared for whatever they may need to learn in the future

  • Provide opportunities for children to take control of their own learning

In order that our topics should meet these aims and principles, we have developed curriculum maps for each subject. In the Foundation subjects, each topic will be based around a 'Big Question' that will place the learning in a context that is relevant for our children. Our maps also show a clear progression in skills and make it clear why we have chosen to teach that particular topic at that particular time and what the benefits are for the children. This also enables us to be more flexible in our planning so we can respond to the needs and interests of the children and recognise events of local, national or global significance.


We use the Read Write Inc Phonics Scheme to teach synthetic phonics.

At Key Stage 1 there is great emphasis on the teaching of phonics and reading. In Reception, daily Phonics is taught and in KS1 Phonics is taught three times a week. Phonic intervention sessions run to accelerate progress. These interventions continue into KS2. More information about Phonics can be found on the Phonics pages on this website.
Throughout the school, we have a clear focus on Reading for Pleasure. Our Reading Council, made up of children from across the school, lead this by running our school library. They regularly refresh the books we have, finding new and exciting choices that they order online. They also run 'Read for Fun' sessions on a Monday, when children can come along to the library to pick any book and read. At these sessions, the Reading Councillors will help children choose books by making recommendations and will also read with younger children who attend.
The school's reading spine determines the high-quality texts that each class studies throughout the school year. These texts have been chosen by teachers due to the impact they will have on children's learning, as well as their relevance to the year group's curriculum.
Unless a child can express himself verbally in full sentences he is unlikely to make much progress in reading and writing. We therefore spend as much time as possible talking with the children and encouraging them to talk to us. They then learn how to form their letters, and are able to write sentences of their own which can be read independently of the child. They are encouraged to express themselves on paper through experimental writing. This leads to writing stories, poems and factual accounts for themselves. Alongside this, attention is paid to speaking and listening, spelling, handwriting, punctuation and grammar.
A range of writing is introduced in KS1, including story writing, writing recounts, explanations, instructions, reports and poetry. In KS2 story writing is further developed to include plays, journalistic writing linked to argument, persuasive writing and extended narrative. Poetry, writing biographies and autobiographies are also included.

The National Curriculum for Mathematics Programme of Study sets out the strands of mathematics to be taught in each year of the primary school curriculum.  

 In Key Stage 1 the strands are as follows:
  • Number: Place Value
  • Number: Addition and Subtraction
  • Number: Multiplication and Division
  • Number: Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry: Properties of shapes
  • Geometry: Position and Direction
  • Statistics
In Key Stage 2 the strands are as follows:
  • Number: Place Value
  • Number: Addition and Subtraction
  • Number: Multiplication and Division
  • Number: Fractions including decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion 
  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Geometry: Properties of shapes
  • Geometry: Position and Direction
  • Statistics
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship)
PSCHE and Citizenship helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, including circle time, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so, they recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. They find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Year 3 and 4 take part in Buckinghamshire Go Givers Make a Difference Challenge each year which empowers them to take action to support an issue of their choice. In previous years the children have raised money for a number of local and national charities supporting important causes from child bereavement through to abandoned pets.
Years 5 and 6 take part in the exciting scheme Community Cop Cards each Summer which promotes active Citizenship. The children can collect up to 24 stickers by completing activities encouraging them to be safe, engage with their local community, care for their local areas and build positive relationships with their Neighbourhood Policing Teams. The scheme focuses on group effort, as classes compete against each other to win a class trip to Legoland Windsor. Our Y5 and Y6 class won the prize in 2017!
History fires pupils’ curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how they were organised and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, pupils develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events. Pupils will develop skills, through research, using a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence and engaging in active discussion – skills that will prepare them for adult life.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of problem-solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is an important link between the natural and social sciences and is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment.
At Radnage School, teaching geography is increasingly being taken outside the classroom to gain a “hands on” experience of geography. This ranges from fieldwork in the school grounds to visits and walks around the village.
All children have the opportunity to develop musical skills through singing and percussion work. Music is essentially a practical subject. The curriculum encourages pupils to sing, compose and use percussion instruments in order to develop their creative skills. Through active listening, pupils’ awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed. The school provides pupils with plenty of opportunities to enjoy making music through learning to play an instrument and singing with choirs.
Radnage School puts a lot of emphasis on children enjoying music at all levels and we strive to ensure that children are inspired by talented musicians and develop a love of music.
Art is, for most pupils, a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure. We encourage pupils to develop their creative and imaginative talents through learning skills and techniques and using a variety of materials and tools. In KS1 drawing, painting, sculpture and learning about the work of a range of artists is part of the curriculum, whilst at KS2 pupils will be encouraged to improve their techniques and share ideas in a sketchbook.
This is either taught discretely or as part of a theme. We encourage an enquiring mind, an understanding of the world around us and aim to develop scientific skills through first-hand experience. Lessons are presented in a practical, relevant context. Children solve problems by making close observations, planning, predicting, fair testing and recording their findings in a systematic way. Throughout the curriculum, knowledge and working scientifically are the main components. We also hope to foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things.
A modern foreign language, French, is taught in KS2 where speaking and listening skills, reading and writing will be introduced following the Buckinghamshire Scheme of Work.
Computing prepares children for using technology in our rapidly changing world. Children use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse and present information. Through focussed Computing lessons and cross curricular themes, we place emphasis on developing the children’s skills in:- ·
  • Finding things out
  • Developing ideas and making things happen 
  • Exchanging and sharing information
  • Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses
  • Understand what algorithms are
  • Write and test simple programs
  • Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats
  • Using software and hardware
The aim of religious education is to enable pupils:
  • To acquire knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain
  • To develop the ability to explore, to reflect on, and to respond to human experience, drawing on their study of religion.
Through religious education, pupils are given opportunities to reflect on the nature and role of beliefs, the attitudes and values underpinning these, and the practices and behaviours that arise because of them. Skills developed through the teaching of RE include developing self-awareness, respect for all, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder. RE is taught in all classes and follows the procedures and guidelines laid down in the Bucks Agreed Syllabus.
Technology, including Information Technology, is integrated into the curriculum, and all children have the opportunity to use computers, and design and make items, including modelling, sewing, food and nutrition.
With the Olympic Legacy, the school uses the additional funding for buying in expert coaches to work alongside staff members. Within the physical education curriculum, children have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for traditional team sports such as football, rounders, unihoc, and netball. After experiencing these opportunities for repeating movements the children participate in simple games situations, developing the ability to cope with success and failure in competitive and co-operative activities.
The children have both indoor and outdoor lessons incorporating movement and apparatus work. The School has outstanding facilities for these activities, providing a beautiful playing field and large surfaced playground adjoining it. A hall provides excellent facilities for indoor physical educational activities, including Gymnastics and Dance.
Extracurricular sports activities are run by external agencies and paid for by parental contributions or the sports funding grant. Additional field space for competitive games will be provided for upper Key Stage 2 children. Y3 and Y4 receive swimming lessons each week in the Summer term at Wycombe Leisure Centre. 
This is not taught as a separate entity but as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education Policy in KS1. In KS2 the School Health Education Programme includes sex education as an integral part of the curriculum development. Parents are notified of any specific instruction given to the older juniors as it arises and will be invited to a meeting at the school to discuss this.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons. The school encourages the acquisition of skills and attitudes which allow pupils to manage their relationships in a responsible and healthy way.
A School Library system is in operation. All children have the opportunity to take home a book from the main library each week and also a class library book.