In the Lower School, children begin their exciting learning journey. A balance is struck between child-initiated activities and more structured work, with a strong focus on the building blocks of learning: reading and writing, mathematics and learning skills.

Our pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum, with careful planning for continuity and progress that takes individual differences into account. The curriculum is designed to foster an interest beyond the curriculum and to develop a love of learning, at an early age.

In the Lower School, subject specialists teach music, modern languages and sport to the pupils. The students also enjoy weekly swimming lessons.

The highlight of the week for many pupils is their visit to our Forest School site, where they experience the natural world whilst outdoors. Many social skills are also promoted through this exciting and innovative approach to learning. Pupils go outside whatever the weather, so wellingtons and waterproofs are essential equipment.

As your child enters Year 3, they will be taught by experienced staff who will ensure that the pupils are given the individual and intellectual stimulation needed to provide a firm foundation for future development. 

Your child will be taught using the framework of the National Curriculum, but teachers also include extra activities from outside the syllabus to further enrich teaching and learning.

You can read more about our engaging Lower School curriculum below and on our Curriculum MicroSites.


In their Reception year, all of the children work towards completing the Early Learning Goals of the Foundation Stage, and aim to begin working towards Key Stage One by the end of the year. 

Year 1 & Year 2

In Years 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum. However, here at Farlington we have the great advantage of being able to use the good practice of the National Curriculum but tailor it to suit our children and their needs.

By teaching to each child’s strength, we can ensure they develop great attitudes to learning, with extensive knowledge and understanding. Here, all children are able to work at their own pace, in a safe and caring environment, where the staff value and believe in them and their abilities.

Year 3 & Year 4

In Year 3 and Year 4, learning takes place in a stimulating environment supported by a variety of experiences. Students enjoy full access to the whole school estate and benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the wider community through experiences such as:

  • Lunchtime and after-school clubs, including computing, street dance and judo
  • Peripatetic lessons, including music, speech and drama, sport and dance
  • Educational visits
  • Residential trips
  • Themed curriculum days and charity events

Subjects on the timetable for Years 3 and 4 include:

Year 3
English (including Drama), Maths, Science, Computing, Humanities, French,  Spanish, Music, Art, Religious Studies, Life Skills and PE

Year 4

English (including Drama), Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, French, Spanish, Music, Art, Religious Studies, Life Skills and PE