Primary School Curriculum

The core of our curriculum is what you would expect in any good, thorough, primary school. Language work covers areas such as reading, writing (in different styles), comprehension, spelling, and grammar. Maths covers mental arithmetic and problem solving. Culture includes history, geography and art.

In Reception and Forms One and Two, we follow the Montessori work-cycle approach in which children direct their own work within the overall curriculum expectations and including Maths and English each day. Much of the children’s work is structured around multi-subject projects, and enquiry-based learning, in which children take responsibility for managing their own interests, for example following the Montessori Great Lessons. The curriculum also includes philosophy.

All children also learn computing, including coding and touch typing, supported by a large number of computers, iPads and other devices.

Each week, the children are taught by specialist teachers in French, music, sports and science.

Our sports department provide an extensive programme of sports, PE and dance on a wide range of grounds and facilities suitable for each sport. We undertake a programme of competitive games with other schools in several sports.

We focus strongly on supporting children to develop the confidence and experience to speak and perform in public. Each child from Reception prepares a presentation to their class each term, as well as many other opportunities for poetry recitations, performing assemblies to the whole school, and music performances, both alone and in groups. The autumn and summer terms end with a whole-school concert.

We have a full programme of themed weeks around language, science, and music topics, and a wide range of visiting speakers on various topics.

Outside of school hours, we offer a wide range of taught After School Clubs – ranging from football, ballet and textiles, to musical theatre, choirs, cookery and chess.


Come and visit us!
  • Messy play for HoliCome and visit our ‘Outstanding’ Montessori Nursery  in person for an individual tour – please visit our Nursery Open Days page for more details and to book your visit
  • Holiday Fun Club – summer programme of activities available NOW
  • Forest School and Outdoor Nursery Classes – every Thursday afternoon – please see more information and booking details here
  • Primary Taster Day Autumn 2021 – Saturday 9th October – book a Taster Day session for your child or an Open House tour for yourself (or both!), please see more details and how to book your place here

We look forward to welcoming you to The Gower School!