Learning at Unicorn School
Alongside the core subjects, our broad curriculum incorporates computing, science, music, creative arts, French and PE, all taught by specialist teachers and often in small groups. All classes have a specific time each day for reflection and to develop their thinking skills. In the Junior Classes, Year 3 and 4 have ‘Brain Time’ and Year 5 and 6 also enjoy philosophy lessons.
All children receive two music lessons a week. From Year 1 children also sing in a class choir, Years 2 and 3 learn the recorder and Years 5 and 6, the ukulele.
Children can take individual lessons from Year 2 on piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, trumpet, trombone, French horn, guitar, drums and singing. Our ensembles include Unicorn Singers, Orchestra, Tutti Flutti, Guitar orchestra and Recorder ensemble. We have regular ensemble and class music concerts and recital opportunities at our Teatime Concerts.
In the infants, art centres around classroom topics and celebrations such as Easter and Christmas.
In the Juniors, lessons take place in our dedicated art room for 1.5 hours a week where we teach in half classes to allow more focused attention and in-depth discussions. We look at key skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and printing, alongside textile projects and the history of famous artists and architecture.
Art trips and the benefits of Kew Gardens and their botanical galleries on our doorstep mean children can enjoy first-hand artistic experiences throughout the year.
Computing is at the heart of so much within the school and we use a multitude of different apps and devices across the entire curriculum. From coding to song writing, art to Ancient Rome, faith, festivals and virtual tours – we are using IT to access the world in a creative and exciting way.
The infants have two PE and one swimming lesson a week, with the main aim being to promote fun, safety and basic skills. This is via a wide range of activities, including chasing and invasion games, gymnastics, yoga, dance and ball skills.
The juniors have one long Games lesson, one PE and one swimming lesson each week, again promoting fun, fitness, sportsmanship and develop basic skills needed in specific sports. Throughout the year, all juniors, boys and girls, play football, netball, hockey, cricket and athletics. During PE lessons, they participate in a wide range of activities, including gymnastics, yoga, dance, fitness training, basketball and other ball skills games with the opportunity to play in fixtures and tournaments all year round.