The curriculum at our schools is planned and taught in accordance with the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Curriculum. The New National Curriculum has come into effect as of September 2014 and for Year 2 and Year 6 from September 2015.
We have designed a new curriculum to enable our children to be ready for the next stage of learning and the future. The schools provide a programme of learning that is both structured and flexible, and the work in each class is differentiated according to the ability of each child. Our work is topic-based (on themes each term) and correlates across the schools so that the expertise of staff and the learning resources can be shared.
These plans can be seen at the bottom of the page.
At Ellingham VC Primary the curriculum runs on a two year cycle, Skylarks teach the Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum, Swifts the Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Swallows the Year 5 and 6 Curriculum.
At Woodton Primary the curriculum runs on a two year cycle for Willow class who teach the Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum. Oaks class teach a four year cycle and teach the Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 Curriculum. Work is differentiated to meet the needs and ability of all the children.
Parents are informed at the start of the year which cycle the class are currently on.
English :- To see the overview for the English being taught please go to
Phonics :- Both schools teach phonics using Letters and Sounds. Children needing additional support as they get older use a programme called Sound Discovery.
Reading :- The children learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Phonics. As they get older they move onto books from a variety of schemes which are colour banded to ensure they are appropriate for their reading age. Children are heard individually during the week as well as within a group for Guided Reading sessions.
Children needing additional support are supported with a Reading Programme called The Code.
Maths :- To see the overview for the Maths being taught please go to
Maths :- Children have mathematics lessons each day differentiated to meet their needs. Both schools are using maths investigation sessions to help the children put their learning into context. We have also invested in Numicon across all age ranges as a practical kinesthetic and visual resource.
Every child is given their own password for Maths Whizz. This is an online mathematic programme which supports all children at their own level and helps to support their learning on areas identified.
All children are continually assessed, in order to inform planning and development, and to provide comprehensive information for parents. They are also learning to self-assess, so that they can take some responsibility for their own learning and ultimately become ‘independent learners’. Each child is given a personal target for Reading, Writing and Maths each term. These targets are sent home to share with parents.
Children are actively involved in planning their learning through the topic work. A class discussion takes place at the beginning of each topic and all the ideas plotted onto a topic web. These ideas are then correlated by subject area. Parents often take an active role in supporting the topic by providing resources or sharing experiences.