At Keston, where possible and appropriate, we make cross-curricular links between subjects. These are based around each year group’s ‘Explore and Discover Topic’ and enable children to see the links between different areas of their learning and build upon them. Each Year group has their own ‘Topic Web' and Knowledge Organiser, which is planned carefully to ensure quality links across subjects and a breadth of subjects being taught.
The topics are progressive across the school and ensure suitable challenge in every year group. Explore and Discover includes science, geography, history, art, design technology, music, French, PE, RE and computing. We are lucky to have specialist teachers of music and PE, who support the delivery of these subjects from EYFS to Year 6.
Our Wellbeing Curriculum provides children with the opportunities and experiences they will need to develop the attitudes, attributes and values, which we believe are vital to best prepare them for life in and beyond school. We also encourage our children to “Respect, Believe, Achieve” and reward those children displaying our Learning Skills of Collaboration, Resilience, Reflection, Respect, Independence and Perseverance, through certificates and our weekly celebration assemblies.
This Wellbeing Curriculum also incorporates all statutory aspects of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education as introduced from September 2020.
At Keston we recognise the importance of integrating Computing into our learning. ICT has evolved to become an essential part of our lives, making complex tasks easier and introducing smart automation into our everyday routines. It is also an effective medium for us to create and convey ideas. Our goal is to equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to be confident in a fast-moving ICT environment. To achieve this, we teach through both dedicated computing lessons and by utilising ICT to support learning in other areas, such as in Numeracy and Literacy.
The teaching at our school is underpinned by three key strands:
- Computer Science – Covering simple algorithms, Bee-Bots, Block Programming and Programme Languages
- Information Technology – Using a variety of programmes and software to achieve tasks.
- Digital Literacy – Through communicating digitally, while understanding E-Safety as well as the risks and benefits of using technology
Religious Education is taught throughout the school. At Keston we place great emphasis on enquiry-based learning and there are many opportunities for pupils to pose questions and undertake research of their own. Primarily the curriculum covers the six main great faiths which links to our core threads of 'Global Learning'. We encourage the children to become independent in thought, values and ideas by learning about and learning from different faiths. We celebrate the diversity that learning about RE encompasses and encourage the children to reflect upon their own experiences and values.
In PE, our aim is to help everyone to become a healthier more active version of themselves, which will not only help prepare them for the future and their well being, but also provide children with a range of life skills. We want to engage, enthuse and demonstrate to pupils how important it is to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
At Keston we have made the decision to focus on the teaching of French as a Modern Foreign Language.
Key Stage 2 focus on oracy, literacy and intercultural understanding. Children progress through the year groups focusing on different topics and skills. Children can ask and answer topic related questions and eventually move onto conversational French. They are eventually able to express opinions with fluency, perform a short narrative and construct an email to exchange with other French pupils.
Children learn about the rich culture of France and other Francophonic countries. They compare daily routines and hobbies, looking at cultural similarities and differences. They also learn to challenge stereotypes and make links both between English and French culture and language.