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The Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here. Scroll down for details of our whole school curriculum map and the trips and experiences that enrich children's learning. 


At Mandeville we believe learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.  Our teaching aims to equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the important things in their lives and to take responsibility for their own learning. 


Children in Y5 and Y6 benefit from an extra hour in their school day, finishing at 4.15pm from Monday to Thursday. During the last hour of these days, the children are taught the art, music and PE aspects of their curriculum by specialist teachers. This ensures that our priority of providing a broad curriculum to our children is upheld and taught to a high standard, as well as giving an extra hour in the main part of the day for ensuring depth of learning in other subjects as the children prepare for secondary school.   


We have worked hard to create a Mandeville Curriculum which follows the National Curriculum at the same time as providing the learning, opportunities and experiences that are particularly pertinent and important to our children. For this reason, PSHE in considered a core curriculum area alongside English, Maths and Science, and Latin is taught in KS2 to provide a strong foundation of language on which to build at secondary school later on, as well as supporting children's understanding of English spelling and grammar.


Core curriculum areas are supported by our thematic approach to the Foundation Subjects. This approach provides a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. Sequences of learning in each topic follow four stages:



To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:


How will all of the subjects be covered?

At Mandeville School we believe in the value of lifelong learning and that people learn new things every day; learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.  Our teaching aims to equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make informed choices about the important things in their lives and to take responsibility for their own learning.  We believe that appropriate learning will lead to happy and rewarding lives. Every aspect of our curriculum is underpinned by the five British values of:


  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs



The development of English language skills is a conscious concern in every aspect of school life. Each day provides the opportunity to develop children’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.  A daily English lesson ensures that all these skills are covered.



The daily mathematics lesson ensures that all children have a well planned and challenging maths education throughout their time at Mandeville School. A Singapore approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics ensures children are able to master mathematical concepts and apply their "number sense" in a range of contexts. Calculators are often used in the classroom, and times tables and mental arithmetic skills are regularly practised.  Maths is also regularly included in other curriculum areas, such as science, history and geography.



Science topics are a major part of every term’s work.  The science curriculum is planned so that each child covers the learning areas of the National Curriculum twice; introducing a theme, then returning to it to consolidate and develop their learning. The teachers’ approach to teaching science aims to develop the skills of planning, hypothesising and predicting, designing and carrying out investigations. The curriculum aims to teach children to think scientifically and to be curious about everything around them.


Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

This is an important part of the children’s development and time is allocated both to deal with issues or problems which arise but also to focus on planned areas such as disability, friendships, drugs and sex education. There is a whole school approach to half-termly topics such as building resilience, working collaboratively, working as a community, the power of positive thinking and managing change. In addition, children in Y6 take part in the "Penn Resilience Programme" (PRP) which supports their transition into secondary school and develops skills for life.


We encourage children to have a cross curricular approach to their learning and emphasise the opportunity to use the skills they develop in speaking, listening, reading, writing, maths and science in all other areas of the curriculum.


Design and Technology

Each year the curriculum will include the teaching of specific skills, eg electric circuits, and provide opportunities to apply children’s skills in a “design and make” project.



In addition to a weekly class music lesson taught by a music specialist teacher,  and whole school singing, children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of musical activities. There are a variety of specialist music lessons, including violin, flute, clarinet, piano and saxophone. Details of the cost of lessons and free tuition for families receiving income support are available from the school office.



Geographical themes form a major part of the curriculum, and include food, weather, the world, rivers, settlement, the environment. A study of places is included in a number of the other topics, as are the skills of map reading, investigating geographical features and using geographical tools.



Work in art will sometimes develop a particular skill e.g. colour mixing, or the study of a particular artist. Other work will complement other areas of the curriculum e.g. their topic or language work. Children will have the opportunity to develop their skills in painting, drawing, printing, collage work, modelling, pottery and needlework .



Historical themes are a major focus of much of our topic work. The teaching of history aims to develop a sense of chronology and the abilities to enquire, organise, interpret and understand. An annual local history week celebrates the unique history of St Albans throughout the ages.  


Physical Education (PE)

All children have regular PE lessons both with their class teachers and specialist sports and dance teachers. These include indoor gym and outdoor games lessons which focus on particular games or skills, and the very popular hip hop dance classes.  Children in Key Stage 2 swim once a week for half of the year. A voluntary contribution is requested to cover the cost of swimming.  The children’s achievements in PE are celebrated in a whole school Sports Day at the end of the summer term. 



Computing is increasingly integrated into the curriculum. In addition to the ICT suite of 20 computers, we have a networked computer system throughout the school. Computers are seen as an aid to learning, rather than as an end in themselves. We have a selection of software which supports a range of curriculum areas. In particular, the children will have opportunities to develop their word processing and graphics skills as well as learning about coding, programming and using social media and the internet in a safe way.


Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education is received by all children in classroom teaching and during school assemblies. The children will be involved in learning about many religions of the world. The teaching of Religious Education follows the guidelines laid down by Hertfordshire County Council in the agreed syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and those wishing to do so should consult the Head Teacher.


Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

Sex  and relationships education is included in the PSHE curriculum throughout the school at age appropriate levels. Discussions about relationships form part of the school’s approach to personal and social education. The Governors’ Sex Education Policy is available to parents from the school office.



Children from Year 3 to Year 6 learn Latin as their language part of the National Curriculum. This gives them a secure understanding of the foundations of language and develops spelling and grammar in English.