The Curriculum

In the primary phase the emphasis is on the breadth of the curriculum and opportunities are presented to enable pupils to experience as many subjects as possible, whilst concentrating on gaining skills and knowledge and developing understanding in core areas such as English, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages and ICT/ computing.


The curriculum in the Reception class is based around the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In the EYFS we provide opportunities for the children to build skills in the main developmental areas of the Early Learning Goals, as set out in the Development Matters 2012.

The key skills of literacy and numeracy receive high priority throughout the primary phase, which starts in Reception as pupils are introduced to phonics and developing an understanding of number and practical problem solving.

Pupils are class based and cover a broad balanced curriculum in line with national curriculum/ Development Matters 2012 requirements. Specialist teaching is provided in a variety of subjects wherever possible e.g. Music, P.E

Additional specialist teaching is received in other subjects. Pupils benefit from learning in subject specific facilities located in both Lady Royd and BGGS.

Wherever possible cross-curricular links are incorporated into schemes of work and links to SMSC, Literacy, Numeracy and ICT are made explicit in schemes of work for all subjects.

There are 25 one hour lessons each week and the curriculum breakdown for each key stage of learning is as follows:.

Key Stage 1     Key Stage 2
  Yr 1 Yr 2     Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5 Yr 6
 English 9 9    English 8 8 8 8
 Mathematics 5 5    Mathematics 6 6 6 6
 Science 1 1    Science 1 1 1 1
 Computing 1 1    Computing 1 1 1 1
 MFL 1 1    MFL 1 1 1 1
 R.E. 1 1    R.E. 1 1 1 1
 P.E. 2 2    P.E. 2 2 2 2
 Creativity 4 4    Creativity 4 4 4 4
 PSHCE 1 1    PSHCE 1 1 1 1
 TOTAL 25 25    TOTAL 25 25 25 25


Foundation subjects are covered mostly through the ‘Cornerstones’ Creative Curriculum (Active Learn) with technology, thinking skills, religious education and creative subjects (including physical education and music) taught as discrete subjects.

For phonics, the primary phase uses Letters and Sound. We also use the Pearson Bug Club – phonically decodable books for year 1, and then progress to the Oxford Owl Reading Tree scheme with additions of our own books to complement the reading.

A complementary PSHCE programme includes topics on personal, social, health education and citizenship. Spiritual, moral and cultural are addressed throughout all aspects of school life.