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Curriculum Overview

Our  aim is to provide varied and progressive opportunities for children at our school to become reflective, independent, positive and resilient learners with high aspirations. We strive for them to make positive contributions to their community and globally;  be responsible and show courage through their actions and their leadership. 

Reflecting our motto, we want all our children to be adventurous within a safe and supportive environment; this can manifest in many different ways.  Whether in our established Forest School, on the sportsfield, performing on stage, to taking risks in their academic learning, we want our children to be curious, committed and courageous in all that do and wherever possible move beyond their ‘comfort zone.’  We are able to do so utilising our inspirational school environment including an extensive outdoor play and learning environment, dedicated music room, excellent computing equipment (laptops, IPads) library, breakfast and after-school club, Woodland Forest School, outdoor classroom, pond, peace garden and a range of ‘creative play’ equipment to keep our children creative, active and engaged. 

Learning is ‘activated’ through a team of professionals who come from with a diverse range of experience and skills;  between them they constantly reflect on their personal and collective provision and impact on the children. They are passionate about teaching, nurturing and inspiring.    

We recognise that we need to develop learners through a carefully considered skills and knowledge planning in all core and foundation subjects;  Subject Middle Leaders are at the heart of this process ensuring that progression and consistency is evident and that our children are sufficiently intellectually challenged in new ways and contexts.    As a result, our children make strong progress across the whole curriculum. 

Our school is particularly passionate about learning outdoors and since 2014 we have been constantly developing and expanding Forest School provision in our off-site woodland setting.  We strongly believe that for our children, outdoor learning and experiences are intrinsically linked to their mental wellbeing, character development and effectiveness as learners.     

Ultimately we want Goudhurst & Kilndown pupils to leave us  feeling full prepared, confident and happy to tackle any challenge that comes our way within our ever changing and connected world.

In more detail...

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum aims to build a secure foundation for children to progress through school and life.  It is aimed at children from birth to 5 years and all pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and reception classes are required to follow it.  To learn more about the EYFS Curriculum follow these links:

- the Statutory EYFS framework can be viewed here.

- a Parents' Guide to the EYFS curriculum can be viewed here.

The National Curriculum (Classes 1-6)

We teach the breadth of the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2; art and design, design and technology, English, geography, history, computing , mathematics, music, physical education, personal, social, heath education (including relationships & sex education) religious education, modern foreign languages (we teach French) and science.  

For more details about how we teach each subject click on the link below.

Our staff constantly review and improve our Curriculum Matrix and we use a Google 'mini-site' to capture learning.  Parents are able to access this and understand the progressive skills and knowledge that their children are learning for that term; this is key to building the school-parental partnership, which is key to successful learning. 

- the National Curriculum framework and programmes of study for the subjects can be viewed here.