Whole School Curriculum

0053We follow the National Curriculum

The National Curriculum.

The national curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at all 4 key stages.

All local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach these programmes of study. The majority of this national curriculum was introduced in September 2014, with English and maths coming into force for all year groups from September 2016.

For more information on the primary curriculum please click the link below:

National curriculum in England: primary curriculum


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Class 1

Nursery, Reception & Year 1

Summer Term 2018

During the summer term our learning will be based around the topics of Castles and Travel and Transport.

To begin with we will be using books such as The Queen’s Hat and The Queen’s Handbag, The Royal Baby, Zog, The Kiss that Missed and How to Catch a Dragon to base our English work around. These will also link to the Royal events in the calendar this year. WE will also use a number of information books to find out about a variety of castles and their features.

This half term our Maths topics will begin with Symmetry and 2D and 3D shapes. Later developing our understanding of money, time, how to tell the time and understanding and using data displayed in bar charts and tables.

In number work this term reception will be counting, reading numbers and counting objects to 20. We will be counting on and back 5 and counting in 10’s. This will also be used in simple addition and subtraction sums. For multiplication we will be using objects to solve problems and share between 3.

Year one will be counting past 100, partitioning 2 digit numbers and counting in 2’s. We will also continue our work with fact families and doubling numbers. Problem solving will involve addition, subtraction and using arrays to help with multiplication. We will continue dividing odd and even numbers by 2.

Our Geography this term involves locating and naming the four countries of the United Kingdom, the capital cities and the surrounding seas.

In history the children will learn all about Motte and Bailey castles and look at various other types of castles and their features. We will compare the lives of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 11.

Art and design sessions will be based around the castles theme where the children will explore creating a variety of pieces using the skills of drawing, painting and sculpture.

Our science work will continue to look at plants and the changing seasons but we will also begin to learn about materials and their properties too.

We hope to arrange a class trip before half term too


Spring Term 2018:


Happy New Year and welcome back!

Here is a little bit of what to expect in Class 1 during the Spring Term…

We will be basing their learning around a number of mini topics Chocolate, Superheroes and Castles. We will also, as ever, be observing the children’s interests and adapting the classroom environment to suit the children’s interests and needs.

In English we will begin by looking at the features of non-fiction texts, finding out new information and producing our own pieces of factual writing. In creative writing we will be focussing on poetry. This will be a combination of reading and performing poetry along with writing our own. We will also take part in the radio 2 500 word story writing competition.

Please continue to listen to your child read daily and record any comments in their yellow reading record.

Our first maths focus is on fractions of shapes, objects and number. We will be learning what it means to divide into half, quarters and thirds. Later we will learn to recognise coins and notes and use them in practical activities. We also aim to look at telling the time and sequencing events.

We will continue to develop our understanding of number, completing CLIC tests fortnightly and working on beating our previous scores.

In science we will further explore our five senses and then learn about materials and their properties by carrying out some scientific investigations. We will be designing and making a box of chocolates in Art and Design and Technology, this will involve planning and making a box with chocolates to go inside.  We will also look at where chocolate comes from and compare the countries with our own. We will also look at the history of chocolate and how it is made.


The children in class 1 are encouraged to share and read a book every day if possible. It is a great time to talk about the story and practise reading skills. We also have a home learning book which is used to give children the opportunity to try activities at home based on the lessons from the week. These activities may include phonics, literacy and number.

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Class 2

Year 2 & Year 3

Summer Term 2018

This term’s topic is called Cycles and Circles.

During the topic we will learn about lifecycles of various living things, looking at similarities and differences between different species, conditions for growth etc.  We will have observational and practical activities including observing the metamorphosis of caterpillars and growing plants from seed.

In English we will be learning how to take notes and use them to structure speaking and writing information texts. We will also be writing letters and explanatory texts.

Maths work will include looking at how to be systematic when tackling problems, data handling, telling the time and fractions.

Homework continues to be daily reading – please remember to fill in your child’s reading records as it is helpful information. Also don’t forget you can log onto the Accelerated Reader website to check your child’s performance on their book quizzes (Pop a note in the reading record if you have mislaid the log on info and we can re-send to you).   Maths homework should be developing the recall of X-Tables. Year 2’s should now be speedy with their 2, 3, 5 and 10 X Tables.  Year 3’s should include 4X and 11 X and 9X tables.

If your child completes any extra work at home relating to our topic then they are welcome to bring it in to show in class.

Spring Term 2018:

Firstly, thank you for cards and gifts given at the end of last term and Happy New Year to you all!

English: Creative writing juices will be flowing this term as we prepare entries for 500 Words 2018; a competition run by Radio 2’s breakfast show host Chris Evans.

See link for more information. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

All children made super impressive efforts in their reading last term and we had a huge increase in the frequency and success of Accelerated Reader quizzes completed. I was so proud of our class! The wall graph in class is ready to start again as this was a fabulous visual reminder and motivator.

Maths: Fractions is our initial focus for our return to school this term. Big Maths will continue with our regular CLIC challenges where your child aims to beat their personal best. I will start to send their completed sheets home with highlighted questions to work on as homework. Questions not highlighted are best left until we have covered in class to avoid any confusion.

Topic: Our topic is history based for much of this term. We will be developing our understanding of chronology (when things happened) and learning about the events and significance of the Anglo-Saxon times. Children will have fun using a variety of sources and materials to create their own artefacts.

In addition to our history topic, there will be one or two mini topics such as our PSHE/Science focus on keeping healthy. P.E. We will be heading outside for some of our P.E. lessons this term as well as using the hall for dance and gymnastics. Jogging bottoms and hoodies are recommended additions to your child’s P.E. bags for extra warmth. Cheap, velcro trainers are also warmer and more substantial than the little black pumps.

Finally, do contact me if you have any questions or concerns as I am more than happy to discuss your child’s well-being and progress at any available time.


Reading: Children are expected to read regularly at home to an adult. They have a yellow reading record to keep track of reading completed at home and school.

Homework Books: All children have a homework book which gives spellings in the front and learn-it facts in the back. Parents should sign and date when they feel their child is confident with these.

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Class 3

Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6

Summer Term 2018:

Welcome back after the Easter Holidays. I hope that you have enjoyed the break and feel relaxed and ready for the Summer Term.  It should be an exciting time for the children with a whole host of fantastic topics that will be covered and an amazing trip to Vindolanda to learn more about the Romans.

Please find below a brief outline of some of the work that the children will be covering in the Summer Term:


– Time

– Division

– Area

– Perimeter

– Reasoning

– Revision for Year 6 children



– Whole class shared reading of Stig of the Dump

– Narrative supporting a character’s point of view

– Myths and Legends

– Dramatic conventions

– Alice in Wonderland



– Solids, liquids and gases



– Roman Empire



– Internet Safety

– Scratch

– Rainbow Matrix

– Pro Bot Cars

– Computer Skills



– Cricket

– Rounders

– Athletics

– Tennis

Spring Term 2018:

Welcome back after the Christmas Holidays. Please find below a brief outline of some of the work that the children will be covering this term:


– Fractions

– Decimals

– Percentages

– Core skills (Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)

– Reasoning

– Revision for Year 6 children


– Explanation texts (Great inventions and electricity)

– Balanced Argument

– Poetry


– Electricity

– Disaster Zones

-Drugs and Bugs



– Great inventions

– Mountains


– Internet Safety

– Scratch

– Rainbow Matrix


– Spanish



Children are expected to read at home each night for a minimum of twenty minutes. It is important to talk to your child about the books that they are reading and to plan time to share books together.  When reading together you could discuss the author’s word choices and sentences, look at the variety of punctuation that has been used and its purpose and make predictions about what might happen next.

After reading their book the child is expected to write in their Reading Record Book. What the child writes is up to them but it should reflect the key information that they have taken from the text and act as aid for when they complete a quiz on their book at school.


Children should work on multiplication and division facts at home each night in order to keep these important skills fresh in their minds. Skills could be developed on the way home by asking quick fire multiplication and division questions or by playing games like Table Mountain on the internet at home.

Your child will bring their CLIC and SAFE challenges home every two to three weeks.  This is great opportunity to see how they are getting on and to work on some key skills.