Curriculum Overview Statement

In light of and to meet the needs of the new curriculum, introduced in September 2014, we saw this as an exciting opportunity to re-shape our school curriculum. Consequently, many of our topics have changed to ensure the essential knowledge and skills, which form the basis of the new curriculum, are addressed but also to stimulate the children's interests and desire to learn. Click here to find out more about the National Curriculum.


Please click on the links below to access our KS1 curriculum overview grids.


Year One Curriculum Map 2018-2019

Year 2 Curriculum Map 2017-2018


Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


The framework explains how your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

 Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

These prime areas are essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.


The prime areas will enable children to develop skills in these 4 specific areas of learning.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

These 7 areas are used to guide and plan your child's learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child's unique needs.


Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing, exploring and being active. They learn through creative and critical thinking which takes place across a wide range of learning opportunities and environments, both indoors and outside.


We aim to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible for parents and their children. We value the influence of the home and the family to create the unique child. We understand that children will have a wide range of aptitudes, interests and experiences before they start school and we offer and encourage home visits, in the security of their own home, as part of the transitions arrangements. We have strong links with our pre-schools and nurseries and we enjoy visits from their staff and the younger children throughout the year as well as our staff visiting their settings.  


At the end of Year R the children are judged against the Early Learning Goals (ELG) and this information is reported to you and used by the Year 1 team to include in Key Stage 1 planning. 


We use Tapestry to enable us to track our children against the ELG which allows us to engage with our parents and encourages them to be part of their child's learning journey too. Take a look at the link below to find out more information.


Tapestry information


Year 1

Every day is different in Year One but our main focus is to ensure that our children have lots of opportunities to be independent and develop their skills in many ways. Read our daily timetable below to see what we get up to.


8:45 – 8:55 Welcome, put belongings away, sign in for lunch and choose a new reading book.


8:55 – 9:30 Wave Time

Based on a carousel rotation throughout the week, children are given activities to complete for example handwriting practise, maths challenges, a computer game and playing with construction. Also, during this time, we read with your children once every week. This consists of 1:1 reading with their colour banded book or we work through a series of objectives to move their reading on.


9:30 – 9:45 Carpet Time Input

It’s fun learning something new every day. Through lots of participation and active learning, we mainly teach English and Maths in the morning. However, we make as many cross curricular links as possible to make learning fun, purposeful and engaging.


9:45 – 11:30 Adult Directed Focused Learning / Crew Challenges

Directly related to the carpet time input, your child will work with an adult in a small group to complete their learning.


If your child is not working with an adult, they are independently completing their Crew Challenges. The children’s continuous provision and independent learning time are called Crew Challenges. During this time, they have challenges set by the adults to complete each week, which consolidate previous learning. The challenges will be set and explained on Monday and the children have to show their completed challenges by Friday. We monitor but encourage the children to take responsibility for completing their tasks. We support them by keeping track of their challenges, once they have handed them in.


The children have access to many different learning areas including the classroom, the shared area and outside. In every classroom there is a role play area, a book corner, a writing area, a small world area, a maths area and a computing area. In the shared area there is a creative area, a small world area, a role play area, a game station, maths marines, monster phonics and funky fingers. Outside there is a Wendy house, a digging area, a construction area, a reading boat, a stage, an art area and a water area.



Each week, reflecting on the children’s learning requirements and interests, we enhance these areas to provide the best opportunities for the children to learn through play.



Children can choose when to have their morning snack and milk (if pre-paid for) during this time too.


11:30 – 12:00 Phonics

We sing our monster song every session. “What’s the monster sound today? What’s the monster sound today? What’s the monster sound today? Let’s look and see! ROAR” We use sausages and beans to help sound out our words, we stomp out sounds and play many fun games.  


12:00 – 12:10 Getting ready for lunch


12:10 – 1:10 Lunch


1:10 – 1:15 Register


1:15 – 2:45 Foundation Subjects

These include: Computing, Science, Design and Technology, Art, Music, History, PE, RE, Geography, PHSE and SMSC. We cover these subjects through our topics and Crew Challenges. We make as many cross curricular links as possible to English and Maths. We strive to make learning fun and exciting for the children, with real and imaginary contexts.


2:45 – 3:10 Assembly

Assembly is always fun as we gather together with the whole school in the hall and listen to lots of stories and learn new songs to sing. Sammy the Social Seal, Molly the Moral Mantaray, Sally the Spiritual Shrimp and Colin and Cultural Crab always pop by and to help us.


3:10 – 3:15 Getting ready for home


3:15 Home


Year 2

In Year 2, we continue to sail the seas to success! Each day is filled with exciting learning opportunties and enthusiastic children! We base our learning around topics, often chosen by the children, where we use both the indoor and outdoor learning spaces. We have a large unit to enhance learning and children benefit from investigating in our shared areas such as, the courtyard, communication station, art area, small world area, role play area and ICT Suite, as well as the Dolphins, Sharks and Whales Classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with computers/laptops. iPads and topic related role play areas, to further stimulate learning.


Year 2 children have daily opportunities to read. Every day we have 'Harbour Time', a guided reading session, and over a week the children read with either a teacher or an LSA. They also have daily access to a class book corner, ‘colour band’ books at their individual level and library books. Additionally, every day we have Handwriting, Phonics and 'Maths Marines', Mental Maths.


We encourage the children to become enquiring, independent learners and endeavour to make our curriculum relevant and exciting! This might be done by using an imaginative stimulus to our lessons, capturing their creativity or by visiting somewhere to ‘hook’ the children into a topic. 


We try to develop the whole child and each child is given opportunities to be a class captain, doing jobs such as collecting the register.  Every child is also given a week during the year when it is their ‘Time to Shine’.  For this they tell their classmates about a particular skill or club they attend, which helps to build confidence and self-esteem.  We encourage children to work collaboratively and become good team players.


Throughout the week, your child will have opportunities to complete 'Crew Challenges'. The six 'Crew Challenges' are based upon a range of open ended activities, to enhance and deepen learning of skills in a variety of contexts. Ultimately, your child will continue to develop skills to manage, maintain and monitor the weekly activities, all to be completed by the end of the week.