Middle Years

The journey through Middle Years sees a gradual transition towards a more structured timetable.

Co-created projects remain at the heart of the curriculum, taking on a new dimension as children begin to take more responsibility for planning and directing their own learning.

A single open-ended project can provide in-depth learning opportunities for a whole term. The discovery of a local air raid shelter leads to children interviewing neighbours about life on the home front, creative writing, creating scale models of 1940s street scenes, baking cakes using rations, visiting a London museum and holding a debate about conscription.

Communication (literacy) and maths are timetabled to ensure plenty of time to practice, consolidate and develop these core skills. Experimentation and real-life, first-hand experiences remain central to the children’s learning.

“What makes the school special? Children don't have school uniforms and they call teachers by their first name. For me, these two small things make a universe of difference to the children's relationship to learning - and to those who help them learn.”

Leo, parent