The School Curriculum

Long Term Planning


The four year programme:

The four year programme indicates the content of the curriculum, places each area of study into a time slot and ensures coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum.

The programme gives a framework for each term of each academic year upon which medium planning is based.

The Key Stage 1 programme follows a two yearly cycle while the Key Stage 2 programme is a four year model.

Some subject areas such as Maths follow a yearly cycle. Other areas such as Science and English follow a two yearly cycle while others in Key Stage 2, such as History, follow a four year pattern.

Areas of study are blocked in to form units of work to be covered. Foundation Stage Units are also identified incorporating the Early Learning Goals.

Where ever possible links are sought between curriculum areas. For instance: Health and Nutrition in Science with Healthy Snacks in CDT or Hinduism in RE with a study of India in Geography.

Outside agencies are incorporated into curriculum delivery where appropriate. A specialist Spanish teacher is employed one afternoon each week while other providers are used for short term projects such as: Samba drumming, singing, story-telling techniques, the introduction of a new sport etc.

The Young Shakespeare Company visit school each year to carry out a workshop performance with KS2. In this way every KS2 child will experience four Shakespeare plays during their time with us.

Every child in the school takes part in a school production each year. KS1 and Reception pupils perform the Nativity Play at Christmas and the KS2 production takes place in the summer term. Recent KS2 productions have included: Romeo and Juliet, Dancing Through Time, Macbeth, The Ironman, An Ole Time Music Hall, The Snow Queen, The Legend of King Arthur and The Odyssey (and the Iliad).

The links below will allow you to download pdf copies of the current Long Term Curriculum plans.

Key Stage 1  –

Key Stage 1 Years 1/3
Key Stage 1 Years 2/4

Key Stage 2  –

Key Stage 2 Year 1 (2015/16)

Key Stage 2 Year 2 (2016/17)

Key Stage 2 Year 3 (2017/18)

Key Stage 2 Year 4 (2018/19)

Medium Term Planning

Medium term planning takes place before each term in order to ensure materials/resources can be prepared in readiness and parents and pupils informed of the focus of study. Planning takes place co-operatively with teachers supporting each other with ideas and expertise. As planning is carried out jointly each member of staff is aware of the work planned across the age ranges.

Time allocated to each subject and length of lesson is determined by the nature of the lesson content (often a series of short sessions will be more effective to achieve a particular learning objective etc.). The Medium Term planning sets the work to be covered each term and ‘subject time’ is adjusted accordingly to ensure appropriate coverage. There is a maths lesson and literacy lesson each day.

Short Term Planning


Short term planning is the responsibility of the class teacher and should not be time consuming. The plans are for their own use and show lesson content (taken from the medium term plans), success criteria, organisation of groups and differentiation based on teacher assessment.



Collective Worship Time


Assembly is not only seen as time to undertake an act of worship but also as a vehicle to generate a ‘whole school ethos’ and cover some aspects of the curriculum as a whole school. The time is used to: set the tone of the day, initiate ‘whole school’ values and responsibilities, demonstrate examples of good professional practice, highlight good standards of pupil achievement, improve pupil self esteem, re-enforce ideas of curriculum continuity (the notion that learning progresses though the ‘whole school’), create enthusiasm and a sense of wonder.