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East Harptree Primary School Curriculum

As a small village school we are able to promote a safe, happy caring family atmosphere whilst delivering high academic standards.   We have high expectations of the children and set high standards in all areas of the curriculum and school life.   Please see below for information about our curriculum from Reception to Year 6. 

Early Years Foundation Stage

As children start school our aim is to provide an atmosphere where they will soon feel confident, valued and secure.  Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (0-5 years) which is based around three prime areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development, and four specific areas of learning which include literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. These areas of learning link directly into the primary curriculum and provide an excellent foundation and smooth transition into Year One.

Phonics and Reading

All children in Key Stage One receive daily phonics teaching.  We use the Read Write Inc phonics and reading scheme from YR or adapt this to suit the needs of our particular children. If children entering Key Stage Two still need support with their phonics, we put carefully targeted 'catch-up' sessions in place.

We want all children to develop a love of reading. The RWI reading scheme that we use in Reception and Key Stage One is phonics based and supports the children's development of segmenting and blending to read. When children are confident in their reading and move on, we have a clearly banded reading scheme which develops and challenges the children's reading throughout Key Stage Two.

We encourage children to read at home five times a week as we believe that this extra practise really increases fluency and confidence in younger readers and develops comprehension for older readers. We use 'Kluwell' home reading books as a way to encourage and celebrate reading at home.

Reading skills are further developed through whole class reading sessions with a clear focus on teaching the skills of 'Explanation', 'Retrieval', 'Inference' and 'Choice'. 

 English & Maths

We follow Lighthouse Schools Partnership Primary Schools Assessment principles and procedures for English and Maths.  Please click on the link to view.

Foundation Subjects not including RE - The Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum

We follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum for all foundation subjects which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.

One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children's learning.  In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it.  Such thinking is encapsulated in the scenario below:

 Chris Quigley Depth of Learning


At East Harptree Primary School, we want to challenge our children to become independent, well-rounded individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers.  Moreover, we want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill set in a range of contexts within school and real life.

For more information regarding the coverage, objectives and standards for specific subjects, please click on these curriculum guidance tabs.

 We follow 'Understanding Christianity' and 'Awareness, Mystery and Values' syllabus and resources for the teaching and assessment of RE.