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Curriculum Overview


"Pupils’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s rich curriculum.” Ofsted, March 2012   


Children in our Reception classes are in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and this phase of education is designed to enable pupils to develop key learning skills. These include listening, speaking, concentration, persistence and co-operation with others.


“EYFS children are well behaved and their spontaneous enthusiasm and lively response is well managed. They like to learn and play together and are encouraged to become independent. Children from different backgrounds and cultures work well together. They enjoy exploring other cultures, such as singing Spanish songs and asking simple questions in Spanish. Children are confident to approach new people and ask questions to satisfy their curiosity” Ofsted


The National Curriculum (NC) is compulsory for all children from Year 1 onwards.  Schools teach the five core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education.  In addition, the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design & Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and PSHE & RSE are taught to all children.  

In years 5 and 6 the children are taught French on a weekly basis by our in-house specialist teacher. The Government has specified programmes of study and attainment targets for various age groups for the core subjects while schools have more discretion about the breadth and depth of teaching in the other subjects.

We aim to ensure that our teaching of the National Curriculum draws on the advantages of a topic approach, but at the same time recognises that some subjects are frequently more effectively covered if taught by more separate consideration.


The Foundation Stage

The curriculum for children in our Reception classes is based on the following 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children develop skills and knowledge through a range of stimulating topics.  Learning is engaging and active throughout their time in the Early Years.


Our learning metaphor this year at Horfield is seeds.