Forestdale Primary School

Our Curriculum 

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.

 Year 6 World War II Anderson Shelter DT project (linked to history)

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. 


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



We aim to provide our children with the skills and knowledge, within an enriched curriculum, enabling them to become life-learners of the future with high aspirations of themselves.




Equal importance is granted to intellectual,  spiritual, moral,  creative,  emotional and      physical development.




Curriculum seeks to teach the most  important knowledge and key concepts within the ’bigger picture’. 




Carefully  sequenced knowledge that  ensures progression.



Subject matter is taught in a way that is fair and just.

 Forestdale Primary

School’s  Curriculum




Explicit links and connections are made between subjects and experiences.



Match levels of  demands according to children’s current level of knowledge and    understanding. 



Valued outcomes of the curriculum match the children being taught.  Preparing our children to become global citizens. 



 Parity for all groups of pupils.



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.

 To find out more about the National Curriculum please click here.

Year 5 DT Making Viking Spears (linked to history and maths). 


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.’

To find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please click here 


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.


Stone age music composition linking history and music.  

Termly Topic Focus

Autumn Spring Summer
History Geography Science

Year 5 Saxon settlements linking geography and history

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.