Our School Curriculum

Our School Curriculum

The curriculum is planned for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 is now in two phases, "Lower" and "Upper" Key Stage 2.

All children learn, practice, develop and refine a wide range of skills in their work across the curriculum. Every child's ability is recognised, developed and rewarded with our curriculum tailored to meet individual needs and aspirations. We have high expectations and a strong focus on literacy and numeracy across the curriculum.

We promote enjoyment for learning and encourage children to work independently, with partners and in groups helping them embed social skills though collaboration and cooperation. To meet each child's individual needs, we provide extra support, enrichment and new challenges to help every child fulfil their potential.

Pupil engagement is key to pupil success and we plan relevant, enjoyable and interesting experiences to broaden thinking and develop a love of lifelong learning. All children access a wide range of extra-curricular activities - we welcome visitors, plan exciting trips off site and organise residential stays to France and the Isle of Wight to support learning and enthuse and inspire.

Alongside the statutory National Curriculum, PSHE and RE, our curriculum also includes the 'hidden curriculum'. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills and crucially achieve all that they can.

The links below outline the curriculum during the academic year for each year group and the termly overviews.

If you would like any other information about our school curriculum, please contact Sarah Marvin - Head of School.  

Phonics and Early Reading


Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

The programme develops through six phases, with children learning new phonic skills in a well resourced environment. All our teachers and teaching assistants are trained in the delivery of Letters and Sounds and so we are able to run a number of small, ability-based groups.

We use Jolly Phonics to support children’s learning of phonics. Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve.

We also run parent workshops at the beginning of the school year to enable parents to better support their children in learning phonics.


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

Early Reading

Teaching of phonics is integral to the teaching of reading and although a major part, it is not the only thing we do. We have a range of phonically regular reading books from which the children can choose. These are organised into colour bands, through which children progress as their phonic and comprehension skills develop. In addition to Letters and Sounds sessions, the children are taught by their teacher in what are called "guided reading" groups where teachers teach and assess children's reading skills. Children are also free to borrow books from our extensive school library.

Reading Scheme

From September 2019, we will be moving towards the Read, Write, Ink Scheme for the teachign of phonics and early reading. We will up date this page further when the programme is further embedded. 

The books we use to teach reading, (including the books the children take home), are colour banded according to their level of difficulty.  We use the Institute of Education University of London ‘Book Bands for Reading’.  Pink being where the majority of children start when they first come into school, moving through 9 other colours, before reaching Lime band. Moving on from this, the children become ‘free – readers’ under the guidance of the teachers.

A variety of reading schemes, which have all been colour coded in line with the book bands guide lines, are used to make up the majority of our early reading and transitional books. The early reading books are initially phonically de-codable.  The selection of books include both fiction and non-fiction high quality texts. We use these texts for our Guided Reading sessions, and therefore have multiple copies so each child in a group has access to their own book.

As children move from transitional readers into fluent (this may be in key stage 1 or 2), we have many more ‘real’ books including lots of picture books which are also colour coded; we do have some of these books in lower colour bands too.

All children have access to our school library where they can choose any type of book to read for pleasure.  These books are allowed home to encourage children to read as much as possible.

Year Groups Curriculum