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Our Curriculum

Our broad and balanced curriculum enables children to build towards excellent academic achievement whilst ensuring that their broader skills of communication, teamwork and leadership are explored through the sporting, musical, dramatic and extra-curricular opportunities available. A joint vision for our pupils between the Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory and Senior Schools encourages children to throw themselves into school life, but is mindful of ensuring that their time is balanced and that they are not overloaded.

Nursery

In the Nursery Class, the pupils enjoy a wealth of Early Learning experiences. A high staff:child ratio is maintained at all times. Pupils learning is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, though an exemption from the Secretary of State is in place to allow greater freedom in the curriculum for all our children’s needs to be met. Children receive twice weekly German lessons to introduce children to the fun of learning languages and they also receive twice weekly music lessons taught by a specialist teacher. Good use is made of the school facilities including the school library, Chadlington Hall and the computer suite. Children are gradually introduced to a more structured curriculum throughout their time in School, with a balance of self-initiated and adult-led activities on offer.

Pre-Preparatory School

Although much time is devoted to the two core disciplines of English and Mathematics, the children also receive time-tabled weekly lessons in Art and Craft/Design and Technology, Religious Studies, Geography, History, Computing, Music, Physical Education/Games, PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and Science. Specialist teachers are used to teach Music, German and Sport. Specialist Games staff from the Senior and Preparatory sections of the School, support games teaching in Years 1, 2 and 3, thus aiding transition and liaison between the Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory School sections and the early acquisition of team sport and match-play skills. Children compete in matches and swimming galas against other schools from Year 3 onwards.

The curriculum is based on the National Primary Curriculum of England and Wales. There are many exciting opportunities for co-curricular activities. These include teacher led clubs and clubs led by specialists as well as individual music tuition from Year 2.

At King’s we are very proud of the broad and creative curriculum we offer our children.

Preparatory School

In the first three years of the Preparatory School (Years 4 to 6), all pupils study: Art, Computing, Drama, English, General Science, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education/Games, PSHEE and Religious Studies. French is introduced in Year 5 and Design and Technology in Year 6. At 11+ in Year 7, Latin is introduced to the Top Stream and Spanish is an optional language. In the final year of the Preparatory School (Year 8), Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate disciplines.

Music plays a very important role in the life of the Preparatory School and all pupils attend weekly class lessons. Individual instrumental lessons are available on most major orchestral instruments, as well as Piano, Organ and Singing. There is an Orchestra, Wind Band, Brass Ensemble, Rock Band, String Orchestra and Choir, all of which perform regularly.

PE and Games are also taught by specialist teachers. Sport includes Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming and Tennis. The wide range of sports available means that many pupils regularly represent the School in competitive fixtures.

The programme of intensive education is balanced by a wealth of co-curricular activities and clubs, all designed to develop every aspect of the child whilst preserving his or her childhood before entering the Senior School. Clubs and activities may vary each term and those on offer have recently included Art, Athletics, Ballet, Chess, Cricket, DT, Ecology and Gardening, Film Club, Hockey, LAMDA, Lego, Maths, Minecraft, Needlecraft, Netball, Photography, Puzzle Club, Rugby, Running, Soccer and Swimming.

Remove (Year 9)

In their first year in the Senior School pupils follow as broad a curriculum as possible in order to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and to provide a base for wide option choices in the Fifth Form. 

All pupils are encouraged and supported to pursue a range of co-curricular interests which includes playing in music ensembles, performing in drama performances or joining a sports team.

Fifth Form (Year 10 & 11)

At this level the emphasis of the curriculum is on retaining breadth. The core subjects are English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science and Religious Studies. Top sets take Triple Award Science and other pupils take Dual Award Science. In addition, pupils take further subjects which are selected from the following:

  • Art
  • Drama  
  • Latin  
  • Classical Civilisation
  • French  
  • Music  
  • Classical Greek  
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • Computer Science  
  • German  
  • Russian  
  • Design and Technology  
  • History  
  • Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

Other elements within the curriculum are: Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHEE), Careers, Sport, Music, Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Technical Theatre.

Music
Music forms part of the School Curriculum in the Remove year. Individual instrumental lessons are available for most orchestral instruments plus piano, organ and singing. The Orchestra, Chamber Group, Training Orchestra, Jazz Band, Wind Group and School Choirs perform regularly both in School and at public concerts and recitals outside School.

Sport
Sport is timetabled for six lessons per week. The boys’ games are Rugby, Hockey, Swimming, Athletics and Cricket and for girls, Hockey, Netball, Athletics and Tennis. Other extra curricular sports include Rowing, Kayaking, Cross Country, Fencing, Tennis, Swimming, Badminton and Fitness. Physical Education is an important part of the School curriculum and all pupils are required to take part in games.

Sixth Form (Year 12 & 13)

In the Lower Sixth Form, pupils study four, or occasionally more, Advanced Subsidiary subjects. Pupils are advised about suitable combinations of subjects before the March deadline and every effort is made to timetable all requested combinations without constraints.

  • Art & Design
  • Drama & Theatre  
  • Latin  
  • Biology
  • Economics  
  • Mathematics  
  • Business Economics  
  • English Literature  
  • Music  
  • Chemistry  
  • French  
  • Physical Education  
  • Classical Civilisation  
  • Geography  
  • Physics  
  • Classical Greek 
  • German
  • Religious Studies  
  • Computer Science  
  • Government and Politics  
  • Russian  
  • Design & Technology  
  • History   
  • Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Pupils may also take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This enables them to extend their academic interests and to develop some of the skills useful for university. This qualification, worth half an A Level, is highly regarded by universities and is aimed primarily at those students who are most able to take on additional study alongside their A Levels.

Wider Sixth Form Life
Other elements within the Sixth Form curriculum are: Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHEE), Careers, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Hands (Helping the Community), The Charities Committee and Technical Theatre.

Music
Individual instrumental lessons are available for most orchestral instruments plus piano, organ and singing. The Orchestra, Chamber Group, Training Orchestra, Jazz Band, Wind Group and School Choirs perform regularly both in School and at public concerts and recitals outside School.

Sport
Sport is timetabled for six lessons per week. The boys’ games are Rugby, Hockey, Swimming, Athletics and Cricket and for girls, Hockey, Netball, Athletics and Tennis. Other extra curricular sports include Rowing, Kayaking, Cross Country, Fencing, Tennis, Swimming, Badminton and Fitness. Physical Education is an important part of the School curriculum and all pupils are required to take part in games.