St Lawrence follows the National Curriculum which covers the following subjects:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education (including swimming)
- Religious Education
- Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
For more information about the National Curriculum, please go to the National Curriculum website:
We follow the government’s Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (for children aged 3 years to 5 years old) so children joining our Early Years Foundation class build on their learning experiences from pre-school or nursery.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the curriculum is planned by the staff and governors in consultation with Local Education Authority advisors. The Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curricula provide a necessary framework and ensure continuity throughout the child's school life.
Huge importance is placed on the teaching of reading at St Lawrence. The children are taught in a variety of ways the skills and strategies needed to read with understanding for both enjoyment and information.
Our approach to teaching reading is multi-faceted and includes the “phonic” and “look and say” methods. With the phonic method, children are taught how to recognise the sounds that individual letters and combinations of letters make and then blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. With the “look and say” method children are taught to recognise there are some words that do not sound phonetically (tricky words) and need to be recognised on sight.
The school uses a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Rigby. These enable children to access a wide variety of genres, subjects and vocabulary, which is essential for the development of comprehension skills. Our wider curriculum is designed to be “language rich” in order to continually enhance the children’s reading and writing and their love of literature. For more information about how we teach reading at St Lawrence, please click below.
Our curriculum includes not only the formal programme of lessons, but the 'informal' programme of extra-curricular activities. For example, our children all have access to the kids’ kitchen, the school choir performs at the local theatre (and has performed at the O2!) and our Year 5 children all learn a musical instrument. Children have the opportunity to learn musical instruments both as part of the curriculum and as part of Surrey's provision through peripatetic teachers (for more information, please visit the Surrey Arts website). Every child participates in class assemblies and school drama productions and has the opportunity to play many different sports.
We recognise that our children are growing up in the “digital age” and our approach is to make IT resources (including PCs) available in each classroom and to embed the use of these resources to enhance the overall learning experience. For more information about eSafety please click here.
Our teaching is child-centred in that they are central to all our planning. We have high expectations of our children. They have already learned a great deal so that we start with what is familiar and, using practical activities wherever possible, extend this knowledge. We aim to interest the children, even excite them, so that they want to learn and enjoy their new skills. Success is a firm foundation for future learning and we show our appreciation of their successes.
Within the class our children are grouped according to their abilities. Our planning is detailed and, by using assessment of and for learning, our teachers understand and plan their work to meet children’s varying needs. For more information about assessment, please click on "Assessment at St Lawrence" below.
The governors’ Children & Learning Committee is responsible for reviewing pupil progress across all year groups and subjects and evaluating the effectiveness of the school's delivery of all aspects of the curriculum. The Children & Learning Committee meets at least once per term and governors review the school data and progress against the school development plan on a half termly basis.