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Curriculum Overview

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum here.


For more detailed information please look at the class curriculum pages which contain the details for each term.


Also further information can be found in the weekly newsletters, at parents evenings or pop in to school and speak to the class teacher.


Teaching and Learning:

We aim for outstanding teaching and learning, delivering our children a broad curriculum, which links subjects and topics and opens up opportunities.


The school curriculum is based on a creative approach using Cornerstones which covers the new National Curriculum 2014. The computer skills are based on the Somerset Elim scheme of Work (E-Learning and Information Management)


The school use Read Write Inc as a basis to teach phonics and a variety of different reading material including; Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Literacy Web, Storyworlds, Rapid Readers, Magic Belt, Talisman and Totem series. We encourage parents to develop a love of reading by listening to children read in school and at home.


Foundation Stage Curriculum (first year in school)

The foundation stage is for children aged 4-5.  There are seven areas of learning which form the basis of the foundation stage curriculum. These areas are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Communication and language

  • Literacy

  • Mathematical development

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world

  • Physical development

  • Creative development

Each area of learning has a set of related early learning goals covering the seven areas, which need to be completed for each child by the end of his or her time in the foundation stage.


The areas of learning are covered through different themes such as "You and me", "Autumn Leaves" and "Journeys". Much of the learning that takes place is play based with opportunities for the children to work with the teacher, either initiating an activity or leading it. Opportunity is also given for "busy learning" with children able to follow their own interests. The children have time to learn and play outside which is an integral part of their development. Our priority is to help the children to settle into school as we firmly believe that happy children can learn to love school and play together considering each other.


Key Stage One (KS1) - Years 1 and 2

KS1 children are taught new skills through a range of activities planned in a broad topic based curriculum, which also teaches social skills, so that children learn to share, listen to one another, consider their peers and develop spoken language, reading and writing skills based on the National Curriculum.


The children love their learning and enjoy themes such as "The Enchanted Woodland", "Moon Zoom" and "Land Ahoy".

In R.E. we learn about Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism and develop a multi-cultural experience by learning about special occasions, places and people, artefacts and symbols and forms of religious expression.


Phonics is taught using Read Write Inc.


Key Stage Two (KS2) - Years 3 to 6

At Key Stage Two the children develop into more independent learners and are ambassadors for our school, working together, learning to take risks with investigations, trying out new theories and explore a balanced curriculum through the National Curriculum.  The children are inspired by topics such as "Off with her head", "Scream Machine", "Frozen Kingdom" and "Gods and Mortals".


Religious Education

The aims of Religious Education in church schools are:

  • To enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today
  • To enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents

  • To develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth

  • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual / philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs


Shenington Church of England Primary School follows the Oxford Diocesan RE Scheme of work. The RE is reflective. Using “Big Questions”, the syllabus allows the children to learn about religions and belief, and raise and reflect on perennial questions about life. Christianity is the main religion taught, in accordance with national guidelines. In addition, Judaism is also taught in KS1 and Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam can feature in KS2 units.


Example questions in KS1:

  • How and why are celebrations important in religion?
  • What makes me special?


Example questions in KS2:

  • How do people’s beliefs about and attitudes towards God, the universe and humanity act as a guide through life?
  • What do different sacred texts teach about life and how do they influence people differently?


Curriculum Enrichment                                                                       

We enjoy curriculum weeks and themed days where the children extend their ideas and engage in learning in one subject, such as Art Week, PE Week, Science Week and Jobs Week. This brings the whole school together. We also make good use of educational visits and our forest school provision.