Curriculum

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.

Namely:

  • 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
Book: From Head to Toe By Eric Carle
Nursery Rhymes
Book: Humpty Dumpty, Book: Alice the Camel and other traditional rhymes
Transport
Book: Naughty Bus By Jan Oke
Farm Yard Adventures
Book: Farmyard Hullabaloo By Giles Andreae
All Around the Town!
Book: The Smartest Giant in Town By Julia Donaldson
Under The Sea
Book: Rainbow Fish By Marcus Pfister
Reception Me Myself and I
Book: Funny Bones By Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Into the Woods
Book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Out at Night
Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Space and Superheroes
Book: Super Daisy by Kes Gray
How Does Your Garden Grow?<
Book: Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth
Beside the Seaside / Pirates!
Book – Tiddler by Julia Donaldson
Year 1 Woodland
Books: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Wild By Emily Hughes
Space
Books: Begu by Alexis Deacon,
On The Moon by Anna Milbourne
Adventures
Book: How to Find Gold by Viviane Schwarz
Old and New
Book: Nothing By Mick Inkpen
Urban Explorers
Book: Claude in the City by Alex Smith
The Beach
Book: The snail and the whale By Julia Donaldson
Year 2 Heroes and Villains
Book: Traction man By Mini Grey
Princes, Princesses and Castles
Book: The Princess and the White Bear King By Tanya Batt
Everybody needs a friend
Book: The Robot and the bluebird By David Lucas
On another continent….Africa
Book: One day on our blue planet…in the Savannah By Ella Bailey
Mini detectives
Book: Hermelin the detective mouse By Mini Grey
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
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
Ice Palace
Book: Ice Palace By Robert Swindells
The Iron Man
Book: The Iron Man By Ted Hughes
Life in the Stone Age
Books: Ug By Raymond Briggs
The pebble in my pocket By Meredith Hooper
Marvellous Migration
Books: Amazing Animal Journeys By Chris Packham
Jemmy Button By Valerio Vidali
Seawig Summer
Book: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Year 4 Foil works
Book: The Tin Forest By Helen Ward
Egyptian Whiskers
Book: The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess By Julia Jarman
Foraging for Fairy tales
Book: The Story Collector, The Lion and The Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales By Jane Ray
Treacherous Times
Book: Richard III By William Shakespeare
Barleywater Leaves
Book: Noah Barleywater runs away By John Boyne
Kung-Fu Kitty
Book: Varjak PawBy SF Said
Year 5 Anglo-Saxons
Book: Beowulf By Kevin Crossley-Holland
Bang!
Book: The Firework Maker’s Daughter By Phillip Pullman
Wings
Book: Skellig By David Almond
Quest
Book: Wolf Brother By Michele Paver
Arabian Knights
Book: Usborne Arabian Nights
Change!
Book: There’s a Girl in the Boy’s Bathroom By Louis Sachar
Year 6 Shakelton
Book: Shakelon’s Journey by William Grill
Stormbreaker
Book: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Adventures of Odysseus
Book: Odysseus by Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden, Christina Balit
Clockwork
Book Clockwork by Philip Pullman
You’ve Got it Fright!
Book: Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror By Chris Priestley