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We want children to be able to articulate themselves, be good readers and writers and be able to carry out mathematical calculations. For this reason, these areas of learning underpin all that we do at the school. The greater part of the curriculum time is spent on ensuring that these skills are taught to your child. The reading scheme we use in the school is based around Oxford reading Tree and a system that bands the difficulty of a book together, called book bands. This ensures that the reading of words is developed over time through a scheme that gets progressively more challenging.This is coupled with the other areas of learning such as Science and History and we use these to create a 'Themed Learning' approach, so that your child becomes immersed in an area of learning during their time of study. 

This means that subjects can be linked together to support learning around a particular 'theme'. For example on the theme of the Romans, the children can use drama to explore life in Roman times, they can write historical stories and newspaper accounts of significant events, they can explore mosaic art and make Roman shields, they can learn about sun dials and the Roman Clock and become fully immersed in the area they are learning about. Not all learning can be linked to a theme and so, for example, Sport and PE are taught separately, although sometimes dance can lend itself to the 'theme'.

The content for this learning comes from the Department of Education and is taken from the National Curriculum. This year (2014 - 2015) sees the implementation of a new National Curriculum. It will be a different first year because the Year 2 and the Year 6 children will be assessed on the old National Curriculum and the other Year groups Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 will be assessed against the new National Curriculum. The curriculum in Reception remains unchanged.

To keep you up to date with what areas your child is studying please look at the Year group links on the left hand side. In here you will find the current theme and areas of learning that your child will be studying. You will also find newsletters and Parental booklets and guides that give you ideas and information - please take a look.

If you would like more information about the content that is being covered then please click on the links below.

At the beginning they come into:


This area builds on their learning from pre-school or nursery and develops the child's language skills and play based learning.

Throughout this time their is a key focus on reading, writing, number and speaking and learning. Alongside this there is a focus on developing social skills and learning to be part of a community.

A key element of this is the teaching of phonics. We use a scheme called letters and sounds and this helps to teach the children the sounds of our alphabet and the letter names. Please see the phonics section for more detail on this.

Click the  link below to see and hear how the sounds are made.

How to make the Phonic Sounds

We follow the Early Years Framework. To see the full framework then click the Reception Learning Framework Link in the sidebar.

The essential elements in terms of teaching and learning are that the curriculum is set up as Prime areas of learning and Specific areas of learning.

The Prime areas of learning

Communication and language - Listening and attention; Understanding; Speaking - Physical development; Health and self-care -

Personal, social and emotional development;Self-confidence and self-awareness; Making relationships.

The Specific areas

Literacy: Reading; Writing - Mathematics: Numbers Shape; space and measures. 

Understanding the world: People and communities, The world, Technology.

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative.

For fuller information about Reception click on the Reception tab on the left hand menu.

Your child then moves into:

Key stage 1 (Year 1 & 2) - click the link on the left hand side for more information.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 & 4) - click the link on the left hand side for more information.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & 6) - click the link on the left hand side for more information.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is made of of the following subjects. Please click on the links in the sidebar to see what learning is to be covered in each year group.

  • ART and DESIGN
  • MODERN LANGUAGES (at our school French)
  • PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH and ECONOMIC EDUCATION (PSHE) - Also see our Year group sections for more detail.
  • RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - This is based on the Northamptonshire curriculum. Also see our Year group sections for more detail.

Reading at Standens Barn Primary School

Literacy is at the heart of what we do and underpins our curriculum because reading is essential in its own right but also important for language development, thinking skills, empathy and links with all other areas of learning. Children are taught in a variety of ways. Children will read individually and in groups called 'guided reading' and as whole classes. The children will be exposed to a variety of books and genres and this is supported by having a reading book that they will take home as well as a library book. We have an expectation that as parents you will play your part in this and support your child with their reading, by trying to read with them every day for at least 20 minutes.

To see reading in action we will invite you in to see this in action. This will help you see how phonics is taught and how this links with understanding the book as well. Our phonic teaching is based on the nationally recognised Letters and Sounds: please see the phonic section for more information on this.

Maths Curriculum

Our maths teaching is based on the Rising Stars scheme of work and is underpinned by the bar modelling theory of mathematical teaching, which is supported by My Maths. There is a strong emphasis on developing number work and fluency alongside problem-solving and relational understanding. This ensures that children quickly develop their number bonds and times tables knowledge so that they can apply this to mathematical understanding.

Detailed programme of study below:

Year Group Curriculum Content

Please see the downloadable Year Group content in the sidebar.

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Year Group Curriculum Information