Wider Curriculum

The school follows the new National Curriculum, which staff have used to plan a broad and exciting creative curriculum, following a thematic approach. This allows teachers to cover a range of subjects, such as Geography, History and ICT, to extend the children’s learning. Opportunities are also built in for children to apply their skills in Maths and Literacy within the topics being studied.

In Reception, provision is founded on the Early Years Foundation stage Statutory guidance. It is organised into 7 areas of learning, three prima areas & four specific areas.

  • Prime Areas- Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development.
  • Specific Areas- Expressive Arts & Design, Literacy, Understanding the World, Mathematics.

In all subject areas, children are encouraged to develop their independence. To this end, we have a well-stocked library, which is regularly renewed, using Reading Library Services, and an IT Suite, where all children have access to computers on a regular basis. Independence is also gained in Foundation and KS1, where the children are able to learn, both in the classroom and in our outdoor learning area.

History and Geography

Children explore a range of issues within the different contexts of place and time. Where possible first-hand experience is drawn on through trips and visitors.

Art and Technology

amanda-childChildren have the opportunity to explore their ideas through a wide range of media; from printing to pastels.

In Design Technology, children design and make products with a specific user in mind, for example waterproof clothes for a teddy or a funfair for a child in their class. They use kits and various construction materials to make their end product.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE provides children with the chance to develop their social and emotional skills as well as knowledge of key topics such as relationships, health, safety and drugs. Regular visitors come to talk to the children about a range of issues from fire safety and awareness in the home, road safety and safe use of the internet.

Modern Foreign Languages

Children in Year 1 and above receive a half hour French lesson a week, taught by a Modern Foreign Language specialist, and French is incorporated into other aspects of school life. The focus is on speaking and listening taught mainly through the use of songs, rhymes and games.​

Physical Education

All children take part in 2 hours of PE a week, one of which is taught by our visiting PE specialist. PE lessons also focus on the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. All children from Year 1 to Year 5 have 10 swimming lessons in each spring term. Our annual sports day takes place in the last few weeks of the school year. There are a range of sporting clubs run for the children after school, including netball, football and multi-skills and we also take part in tournaments across West Berkshire.

Sports Funding 2014 to 2015




Computing is taught across the school. Where possible it is linked to topic work or learning across the curriculum. Pupils are taught to use IT safely and effectively for a range of purposes, including programming to solve problems, our underlying aim is to ensure Inkpen children are taught to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology and have the skills and understanding necessary to take an active part in a digital world.

Enrichment activities

Our children also enjoy a range of enrichment activities throughout their time at school. Sometimes these are “one off” events, at other times they can be developed over 2 or even 3 terms.
One off events have included African drumming and dance workshops, French breakfasts, theatre visits and trips to a local pheasant farm.

Forest school

campingOur Foundation children spend one afternoon a week in the woods, attending Forest School. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children, where they can lead the learning, follow their interests and engage in their own curriculum, while all the time, gaining in self-confidence. There are also plenty of chances for them to take this new learning back into the classroom. There are also plans to extend this to the whole of KS1.

Music and Drama

We have also been lucky enough to have had whole class tuition through the Wider Opportunities in Music scheme, which has, in recent years, provided expert tuition in Brass, Strings, penny whistle and percussion.
The school choir is open to children of all ages and regularly sings at services in St. Michael’s Church, as well as concerts with other schools throughout the year at St. Nicolas’ Church, Newbury and the Anvil in Basingstoke as part of the Berkshire Junior Music Festival. Last year, we even made a trip with the choir to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

School productions are highly valued as they are not only enjoyable, but develop the art of performance, team work, discipline and confidence. We present a Nativity performed by the Infants each Christmas and a Junior production each summer, either through a school-based performance or through our participation in the Confederation of Small Schools, professionally written and directed joint production at the Watermill Theatre


The school has its own kiln and art is an integral part of each child’s experience of the school. Our pottery has even been sent to the Queen.

Year 6 Residential Trip

Children in Year 6 are offered the opportunity to take part in a 5 day residential trip. Previous destinations have included Tregoyd in Wales and Beam House in Devon. This is a chance for children to develop their confidence and independence before heading off for secondary school, in a supportive environment, whilst undertaking adventurous and exciting activities, such as abseiling, climbing, raft building, surfing and zip wire.


“Our learning goes on” – quote from Red Kite class

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Latest Events

Thurs 21st Sept Police Assembly all Years

Mon 25th Sept European Day of Languages Parents Assembly 9am

Weds 27th Sept- National Fitness Day

Tues 3rd Oct 3.30pm Welcome session for Parents in Classrooms

Weds 4th Oct Reception class Photo for Newbury Weekly News Supplement

Fri 6th Oct - Yr3/4 Visit to  Egyptians Exhibition

Weds 11th Oct- Yr5/6 5 a side Football Tournament

Weds 11th Oct- Infants Harvest Festival Visit Newbury Showground

Tues 17th Oct Open Day & Evening 10am-2pm & 6pm-7pm

Fri 20th Oct Flu vaccinations for Years 1-4 inclusive

Fri 20th Oct last day of term school ends 3.15pm

Mon 30th Oct New Term starts

Tues 31st Nov Individual School Photos- all year groups & Inkspots

Sat 18th Nov Sportshall Indoor Championships at Park House School

Fr 24th Nov Yr5/6 Lantern Making Workshop re Corn Exchanges annual Lantern Parade

Thurs 14th Dec Christmas Dinner

Thurs 14th Dec The Borrowers Christmas Pantomime Watermill Theatre

Weds 20th Dec last day of term -school ends 2pm

PC Hawkett Visit

A very interesting assembly with PC Hawkett talking to the children and giving them an opportunity to ask questions about the Police and their role in society.

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Farmhouse Breakfast Feb 2016

To celebrate the most important meal of the day, a visit for the morning to the children in Yr3/4, Pheasant class by Newbury District Agricultural Societies Education Officer Jan Murray who engaged the children in making breakfast smoothies, porridge, planting seeds and learning about milk and how to milk a cow. A very enjoyable educational […]

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