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Curriculum

At Our Lady’s our balanced and enhanced curriculum delivers a challenging and inspiring approach to a broad base of subjects. And most importantly, our teachers provide individual support and encouragement to every child.

Whether a child needs additional learning support to help them develop, or they need to be challenged more, we work as a team providing the structure and expertise needed.

Our approach

Our academic programme is based on the new National Curriculum guidelines, complemented with tried and tested commercial schemes of work. The Prep children are also introduced to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills plus ISEB testing, in order to prepare them for 11+ and scholarship exams in Prep IV.

At Our Lady’s, we seek to foster curiosity and a real enjoyment of lifelong learning. Children are encouraged to think creatively, to challenge themselves physically and mentally, and to aspire to be people who make a difference in the world.

Core subjects

The Arts, Science and Humanities (R.E, Geography and History), Languages, and very high spiritual and moral values are at the heart of the school curriculum, with ICT integral to the teaching of these subjects.

From as young as three months, children have access to The EYFS curriculum as well as exploring three languages – French, Spanish and Mandarin with specialist language teachers – through simple word games, singing and drama. Forest School and Cookery is accessed by children from the age of 2 years. From three years upwards, children also access Swimming, PE and Football.

In the Infant and Preparatory School, children are taught by specialist teachers in the three languages stated above as well as Football, Games, Music, Pottery, Swimming and Forest School – all taught by specialist teachers.

From Prep II (Year 4), Verbal Reasoning is introduced and Non-Verbal Reasoning is introduced in Prep III in preparation for 11+ and scholarships to independent secondary schools at the end of Prep IV.

Full list of subjects 

KS1

English

Mathematics

ICT

French

Spanish

Chinese Mandarin

Science

History/Geography

RE

PSHE

Art and Design

Pottery

Cookery

Music

PE

Football

Swimming

Forest School

KS2

All KS1 subjects plus:

Verbal / Non Verbal Reasoning from Prep 11 (Year 4) upwards