At Arunside School we deliver an inspiring and creative curriculum which enriches children’s knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. We ensure that all areas of the curriculum are underpinned with the teaching of the school’s vision and values. Through this, our aim is to inspire the generations of the future, thus allowing pupils to reach their full potential as local, national and global citizens.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced and taught in a variety of ways including whole class lessons, collaborative small groups or individually, both in the classroom and outdoors. Progression and continuity are carefully planned for, focusing on key knowledge and skills for each year group in each subject. Through our unique Building Learning Power characters we also ensure that pupils have an excellent understanding of skills that underpin learning for life. Links are made across different areas of learning and flexible timetabling allows us to deliver subjects in a fluid way, ensuring that learning is maximised. We fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as providing additional enrichment experiences and extra-curricular opportunities for our pupils.

We endeavour that our pupils develop a range of skills and knowledge during their time with us that ensures they are independent, confident problem solvers. We believe that our curriculum prepares our young learners for the next stage in their education journey and addresses all elements of their growth and development. The learning and well-being of each individual is paramount and our curriculum allows this to happen. Reaching their full potential is fundamental to all that we do and our children leave us as life-long learners.

Yearly Topics 2020-2021

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year R

Pirates, Celebrations

Fairy Tales, People who help us in our community The great outdoors
Year 1 Houses and homes Dinosaurs All around the world
Year 2 Fire and ice Sensational safari, Historical Horsham – local study The Seaside, Victorians
Year 3 Rainforest, Chocolate Space Stone Age to Iron Age
Year 4 Rivers and mountains Romans Horsham – local study
Year 5 Anglo Saxons and Vikings Map Skills Monarchs, British Values
Year 6 WWII Art, artists and architects Save our planet

The Curriculum and your child

The methods of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum are continually being reviewed to ensure all the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum are met.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Year R)

This covers the six Early Learning Goals:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Physical development
  • Creative development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Own learning is an extremely valuable part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum – this is followed through into KS1 as necessary.

The National Curriculum

Core Subjects: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • I.C.T.

Foundation Subjects:

  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • PHSE
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Religious Education

Personal, Health and Social Education

PSHE is taught weekly in each year group through the JIGSAW scheme of work. It covers aspects such as healthy eating, wellbeing, online safety and relationships.

As parents, you will always be notified of any specific sex and relationships education your child will be given in line with our Sex and Relationships Policy. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex and relationships education provided, except that which is required as part of the National Curriculum science. If you have any concerns about this please contact the school office.

Assessment and Monitoring Children’s Progress

We use a variety of assessment and record keeping procedures to monitor the progress of each child as he or she moves through the school. This ensures that children are given work that builds on their existing knowledge and gives them the opportunity to acquire new skills and understanding.

Built into our assessment programme are meetings with parents and pupils in the Autumn and Spring Terms and an annual written report in the Summer Term. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child’s progress at any time during the school year.

In addition to our internal formal and informal assessments, the children are assessed in Year R using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 using the Government’s Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs).


Children are encouraged to read regularly at home and to develop spellings and multiplication tables knowledge. Children are set homework through a range of online platforms such as TTRockstars, MyMaths, PurpleMash and Espresso as well written work. Each term they will be asked to complete a take home task, which is an extended piece of work, as an opportunity for them to consolidate class learning in their own creative style.

Additional Educational Needs

Our aim at Arunside School is to ensure that the needs of all children across the ability spectrum (i.e. highly able to less able) are identified and met. Through careful monitoring of progress, we identify individual needs as early as possible so that, if required, additional support can be put in place. Where possible children’s needs are met within the classroom, although on occasions it is necessary to withdraw a child to work in a smaller group or to implement a special programme adapted to the child’s need. Parents are involved from the beginning and regular discussions are held between parents and school so that plans can be made together to resolve difficulties. All pupils with additional needs have access to high quality, well planned and well organised teaching of the National Curriculum. The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), in line with the Code of Practice, co-ordinates the support and resourcing for those children identified as having additional needs.

Extra Curricular Activities

We encourage the children to participate in activities outside school hours to extend their experiences. School staff and specialist coaches provide a variety of activities which relate to the development of sporting and creative skills.

Enrichment opportunities

Classes experience exciting and enriching educational activities in order to enhance their learning further. These opportunities are to support the work your child is doing in the classroom. This may be a trip out, a special themed day or a visitor in school.

You will always be given advance warning of these visits with full details and any necessary permission slips for parents to complete.

Children in Year 6 will have the opportunity to attend School Residential Journey. This is always a great success and excellent for encouraging independence and social skills.

Still Want To Know More?

If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your teacher, or another member of staff.