Shelley Primary School

Shelley Primary School
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School Curriculum

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Shelley Primary School’s curriculum encompasses both the formal, taught curriculum and all other activities undertaken by the pupils.  The ‘lesson time’ curriculum is a combination of the prescribed National Curriculum (the statutory requirement for subjects that must be taught in schools) and those areas decided upon by the school in order to meet the needs of our pupils.



The school’s curriculum is predicated on our vision of ‘working together to become even better’ and is planned to equip children with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as local, national and global citizens.  This includes the promotion of the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for those with different faiths, beliefs and lifestyles. 

All aspects of the curriculum will be taught and learnt through the prism of our school values of Aspiration, Respect and Togetherness – the Shelley School ART of Learning – in order to achieve our aims of enabling children to become:

•       Successful learners

•       Confident individuals

•       Responsible citizens



The curriculum has been planned as a rolling programme; a three-year plan for the Early Years Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 and a four-year plan for Key Stage 2.  The learning has been organised into curriculum units with each unit planned around a topic and subjects linked to one another, where appropriate.  A broad outline of the way subjects are linked together over each year of the cycle is shown in the ‘long term map’. Key Stage One pupils follow the 'Song of Sounds' phonics programme. Further details on this can be found under the 'Presentations' section of the Learning page of the website.

Where linking is not appropriate, separate subject areas (e.g. Physical Education or French) are taught discretely. Some subjects are taught in intensive ‘blocks’ (e.g. Science or History) while others are taught across the year (e.g. English, Mathematics or Computing).  

This organisation means that pupils across each Key Stage will often be following the same ‘topic’, with the learning appropriate to both the attainment and age-related expectations of the children and planned to ensure progression and reinforcement. 

While most aspects of the ‘school-specific’ curriculum are shown in the long term map, others will develop in light of pupils’ interests, response to local/national/global events and other opportunities as they arise. For example, while the programming aspect of the Computing curriculum will be taught sequentially, other facets, such as the creation of digital content and issues around e-safety, will be taught in response to technological advances and pupils’ needs and abilities.



Alongside the long term maps, more detailed units of work for each year group/phase will be published on the school website as they become current.  This information, along with a letter giving any additional details, will also be shared with parents.



The National Curriculum is structured in broad year group-related expectations and the programmes of study can be found here.   However, not all children will be able to access this programme of study easily while others may already have achieved the expected learning and be developing ‘mastery’ in these areas.  In these cases, careful differentiation will ensure that all children are able to make good progress, whatever their starting points.