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Curriculum & Assessment

Our Curriculum


At The Pines, we strive to be the best version of ourselves and our vision statement is ‘Be Your Best’. Therefore, our curriculum is carefully designed with this vision in mind. In the Early Years classes, children work towards the Early Learning Goals. Throughout Key Stages One and Two, they are taught within the framework of the National Curriculum. Religious education is taught to all pupils using the Berkshire Syllabus.


Our curriculum promotes self-belief and high aspirations, provides opportunities to develop the skills needed to excel as life-long learners, ensures children understand how to protect the safety of themselves, others and the environment and encourages kindness, respect and collaboration. Our curriculum is inclusive and every effort is made to ensure that it is accessible to all pupils.

Our curriculum is designed with the following aims:

~ to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of pupils at The Pines

  ~ to promote positive attitudes towards learning and school life in general

  ~ to enable all pupils to achieve their full potential, both academically and personally

  ~ to reflect our school values of Believe, Excellence, Safe and Team


In order to achieve these aims, we have identified four “Curriculum Drivers” that are reflected through all topics and themes. Teachers’ planning ensures that these drivers run coherently across the school and through every subject. Curriculum Drivers should relate to the needs of our school, our pupils and our community.


Our four Curriculum Drivers are:


~ Our Place In Our World


~ Language & Oracy


~ Learning Skills


~ Healthy Body, Healthy Mind


Further information about these Curriculum Drivers can be found using the link below.


Underpinning all learning in school is a relentless focus on the acquisition of the basic skills of reading, writing and using numbers. Without these abilities, children will not be able to access other forms of learning and therefore they are crucial to enabling every child to reach their potential.


Further information about the specific topics taught can be found using the Curriculum Overview link below.

See our Curriculum Newsletters below: