Curriculum 21/22

Children at Istead Rise enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum. Their learning is rich in knowledge, but also in key skills that can be carried forward throughout academic journeys and into further life.

All subject content is delivered in considered sequences of learning that our teaching staff have carefully designed to best allow learners to effectively build upon existing knowledge, developing a greater depth of understanding of concepts and achieving the best outcomes. Information on individual subject progression and intent can be viewed via the links on this page.

We aim to enable children to become resilient and independent learners, who are willing to accept a challenge and set high expectations for themselves. We teach children to cooperate with each other and in lessons, and always allow space for individual views and opinions to be shared in the classroom.

Our school has a welcoming, purposeful atmosphere, underpinned by our core values of Independence, Respect, Perseverance and Self-Reflection. We celebrate success and effort, whilst always offering nurture and support.

The school’s extensive grounds and facilities allow children to enjoy a wide range of experiences within their year group curriculum, including many opportunities to take learning outside the classroom. As well as our specially designed outdoor classroom, we have our own impressive on-site Forest School, expansive sports fields, outdoor play equipment and our own heated swimming pool. Pupils also benefit from specialist teaching in subjects including art, computing, PE, swimming and Forest School.

Our experienced teaching staff promote aspiration amongst their pupils and are always ready to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of all learners. As well as delivering all the academic content as required by the National Curriculum, our staff also teach a rich range of information and knowledge of the wider world, as well as a sensitive and inclusive programme of PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

We will keep parents updated on what children are learning in class via the information shared through links on this page, our fortnightly newsletter, parent consultations and pupil reports. If you have any questions about your child’s learning, you are very welcome to contact their class teacher at any time. To arrange a conversation, please initially contact the school office.