The experiences of our Nursery and Reception children promote the seven areas of learning, as described in the ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ document.


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Learning takes place through a combination of adult and child-led activities, incorporating indoor and outdoor learning. We are fortunate to have an outdoor classroom and a spacious outside area comprising, climbing equipment, mini-beast garden, planting areas, digging patch and scooter/bike track.

In years 1-6, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

The teaching and learning of ‘Essential’ Skills in English and Mathematics predominantly takes place during the first part of the school day. Our afternoons are devoted to topic-based learning.

In Reception, Key Stage One and Two our curriculum topics centre on the book(s) we are reading and studying in our English lessons. Meaningful links across subjects are made. Subjects or areas that do not link are taught separately. Our approach gives our pupils opportunities to become immersed in the topic, to make relevant links and apply their reading, writing and mathematics across the wider curriculum. We use our local environment, the resources of our town, trips further afield and visitors to enrich our curriculum.

Term Plans
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Nursery All About Me Nursery Rhymes Transport
Reception Me Myself and I
Book: Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Enrichment: Visit from school nurse
Into the Woods
Book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Enrichment: Nativity performance
Out at Night
Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Space and Superheroes
Book: Super Daisy by Kes Gray

Enrichment: Picnic in the park
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Book: Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth
Beside the Seaside / Pirates!
Book – Tiddler by Julia Donaldson
Enrichment: Pirate Performance
Year 1 Woodland
Books: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Leafman by Lois Ehlert
Enrichment: Woodland walk in the park
Books: Begu by Alexis Deacon,
On The Moon by Anna Milbourne
Book: How to Find Gold by Viviane Schwarz
Enrichment: Nativity performance
Old and New
Book: Ossiri and the Bala Mengro by Richard O’Neill
Urban Explorers
Book Claude in the City by Alex Smith
Enrichment: Visit to Old Town
Princes, Princesses and Castles
Book: The Princess and the White Bear King by Tanya Batt
Year 2 Mini Detectives
Book: Hermelin
Fear and Bravery
Books: The Dark / Traction Man is here
Enrichment: Visit from the fire service
Nativity performance
On Another Continet in Africa
Books: Anna Hibiscus, One Day On Our Blue Planet ... In the Savannah
Everybody Needs a Friend
Book: The robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside

Princes Princesses and Castles
Book: The Storm Whale by Benji Davies
Year 3 Animals
Books: Belonging By Jeanie Baker
Bats Love the Night By Nicola Davies
Think of an Eel: By Karen Wallace
Castles and the Cold
Book: Ice Palace By Robert Swindells
Enrichment: Christmas Performance
Stone Age
Book: Ug By Raymond Briggs
The Pebble in My Pocket By Meredith Hooper
Marvellous Migration
Amazing Animal Journeys By Chris Packham
Jemmy Button By Valerio Vidali
The Iron Fist
Book: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Enrichment: Visit to a church
Seawig Summer
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Enrichment: Visit to a church
Year 4 Hot Like Fire
Book: Hot Like Pire Poems by Valerie Bloom
Trash or Treasure?
Book: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Enrichment: Christmas Performance
Hairy Tales
Book: The Story Collector, The Lion and The Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales by Jane Ray
Egyptian Whiskers
Book: The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess by Julia Jarman.
Barleywater Leaves

Book: Noah Barleywater runs away by John Boyne.
Mysteries of the Wild
Book: Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by David Almond.
Enrichment: Trip to Mallydams
Year 5 Change!
Book: There’s a Girl in the Boy’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Book: The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman
Book: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Feathers and Bones
Book: Skellig by David Almond
Lift Off
Book: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Arabian Knights
Book: Usborne Arabian Nights
Enrichment: Trip to Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceaux
Year 6 Shakelton
Book: Shakelon’s Journey by William Grill
Book: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Enrichment: Christmas Performance
A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Enrichment: Cinema / film ‘A Monster Calls’
The Adventures of Odysseus
Book: Odysseus by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden, Christina Balit
Book Clockwork by Philip Pullman
You’ve Got it Fright!
Book: Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror
Enrichment: Bikeability, University of Brighton visit, It’s your move, end of year trip