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The teaching of languages provides the pupils at Buckingham Park Primary School with an opening to other cultures. It develops our pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our teaching will enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond; both in speech and in writing.


Through our creative approach to the curriculum we provide opportunities for our children to communicate for practical purposes. They will learn new ways of thinking and begin to study literature in its original language. Our teaching will foster an interest in learning and provide firm foundations for pupils wishing to continue their study of French and other languages at secondary level. Although there are no statutory requirements for languages to be taught in the EYFS or KS1, we make links to our topics wherever possible. The pupils sing French songs and play language games to become familiar with learning an additional language.


At Buckingham Park we incorporate music into our creative and exciting curriculum. It develops our pupils’ creativity and deepens their understanding of the world around them.

Foundation stage

At foundation stage, the children begin to explore the use of different media to create sound and movement. The children sing songs regularly. They create rhymes and rhythms that link closely with their learning environment. The children at Buckingham Park are encouraged to make music using both tuned and un-tuned instruments, and they are given the opportunity to experiment with ways of changing the sounds that they make.

Key Stage 1

At Key Stage 1 pupils experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music. They are encouraged to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Linked to the topic focus of the term, the children are able to listen, with increased understanding, to a range of live and recorded music.

Key Stage 2

At Key stage 2 the children at Buckingham Park are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They are also taught to improvise and compose music for a range of purposes, using the interrelated dimensions of music. Through effective teaching, the children develop an understanding of the history of music, with a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions, composers and musicians.


We teach RE to:

  • provide all children with the skills, knowledge and understanding to grow and achieve academically, socially and emotionally;
  • support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enriching and broadening their experiences, values and beliefs;
  • develop the children's understanding of fundamental British values, such as mutual respect and tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs; 
  • enable children to explore ideas and questions relating to ethics, fairness, tolerance and respect;
  • provide opportunities for children to ask, explore and reflect on questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human;
  • develop children's knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other religions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these;
  • provide opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development;
  • enhance children's awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures;
  • develop children’s sense of identity and belonging, within the local, national and global community;
  • enable children to develop understanding of, respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education, but before considering this we would ask that you come in and discuss both our curriculum, and the methods used to teach RE with us.  We believe that in achieving the aims set out above, this subject forms a very important part of the children's learning. There is no nationally prescribed curriculum for RE.  Instead, Local Education Authorities draw up an Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which better enables schools to provide teaching that reflects the beliefs and practices of individuals and groups within their particular settings. We follow the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, which you can view by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

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