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The intention of our Geography curriculum is to ensure that children at Padbury C of E School develop the necessary skills to equip them to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world and thus, become global citizens.  We aim to foster and harness a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge in Geography amongst our children.  We want to inspire them to be inquisitive and to develop a desire to explore, not only their local area, but to develop a global awareness of the world around them and its people.  We believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.



Our History curriculum enables children to recognise that studying history is relevant and exciting. They consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. The children learn about local, British, European and international history, and the historical order in which people lived and events happened.  They are also taught how the past can be shown and explained in different ways.  We aim to provide our children with memorable experiences and our History work is enhanced by educational visits to places of historical and geographical interest. 



The National Curriculum identifies that children need a high-quality computing education equipping pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science where pupils are taught the principles of computational thinking. They learn how to put this knowledge to use when writing simple computer programs or controlling robots through simple coding and programming exercises. They learn how digital systems such as the Internet, computer networks and email work where pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.


Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems as well as access a range of content. Pupils are equipped to use information technology by working with various software programs; operating a variety of computer hardware types such as laptops and Android devices and accessing a range of digital content both off and online.


Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. Pupils are taught to become digitally literate. They learn day-to-day computer use such as logging in, password security and how to use the internet accurately and in a discerning manner. They will learn the principles of Digital Safety; how to communicate and collaborate safely when online and be good digital citizens.


Design and Technology

The context for the Design and Technology projects the pupils undertake throughout the school is linked either to the Humanities curriculum or the computing curriculum as part of our work with STEM. This ensures projects are meaningful and all have a clear end product in mind. Each project follows the process of design, make and evaluate and the outcome always has a clear purpose. Children develop their skills in these three areas following a sequenced, progressive structure. From 2021/22 we are trialling the planning from Kapow Primary Website to support teachers in delivering a sequential progression of skills and knowledge across the school which begins with planned experiences in the Early Years. We will adapt these plans to suit our setting but it wil provide a structure, vocabulary, assessment to ensure the highest possible quality of teaching throughout the school. 



We believe that encouraging our children to lead active and healthy lives is a crucial part of our role as a school. All children receive two hours of high quality PE teaching which means children learn essential skills in a purposeful context. These skills are developed further in a range of co-operative and competitive situations both within school and through festivals as part of the Small School Sports Partnership. In addition to this they are encouraged to join in the Golden Mile running programme as often as possible to increase fitness and mental well-being. Children in all year groups are taught by specialist sports leaders for P.E.



At Padbury Church of England School, all children have weekly Music lessons taught by peripatetic teachers. Lessons always include an element of singing, based on our singing strategy, listening to music and an opportunity to play and perform using a range of instruments. All children will learn to play Ukuleles, African drums, Xylophones, Recorders and percussion as whole class lessons. Children also learn musical notation so that all children leave Padbury competent in reading and composing music. All children have the opportunity to perform to Parents and the community throughout the year with different performances, creating a clear purpose for their work. 


Art and Design

Art lessons are linked in context by themes from the Humanities curriculum. Throughout lessons, children develop their skills of drawing, painting and sculpture in a progressive manner as well as developing design techniques using colour, textiles, pattern, line, shape, form and space. All children also throughout the two year rolling programme study a range of significant artists. Like DT, from 2021/22, we will be trialling the use of the Kapow Primary Website resources which maps the curriculum in a sequential manner, ensuring progression of skills and knowledge is built from the outset. Local artists will continue to be used within the scheme to ensure maximum use of our local context. Visits to local art galleries also will continue to enrich the experience for our children. 



RE lessons start with a Big Question which challenge the children's thinking and engages them in discussions about their learning. Units of work are planned from either the Bucks Agreed Syllabus or the Oxford Diocese Scheme of Work and span a range of religions, concepts and ideas. Where appropriate, units from Understanding Christianity support the teaching and learning further. In January 2019, the teaching of RE was judged to be good in our SIAMS inspection. Please see the report on the Church Links page within this website for further details. 


Modern Foreign Languages

Children in KS2 learn French weekly. In their sessions, they learn how to listen attentively, explore patterns and the sound of language, engage in conversations, develop accurate pronunciation and much more.  Mrs Jarvis, our French Specialist, leads the sessions in smaller separate year groups and, where possible, French speaking visitors come in and work with the children to engage and develop conversational French across the key Stage. Children in upper Key Stage two hold a French Breakfast for parents to rehearse their langauage acquistion and to give them a purpose for their learning.