Our Curriculum

The school offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum and our aim is to provide a curriculum that meets the needs, interests and abilities of all children.


This curriculum comprises of the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science and the foundation subjects – Computing (ICT), Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music  Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education and Religious Education.


We do our utmost to maximise success for all children by giving them the best teaching and learning experiences. We use a range of teaching methods to suit the needs of the children and the subjects being taught. The core subjects are taught stand alone and may also link with the humanities or topics. Examples would be writing a historical report or using data in science and geography.



  • To provide a rich and varied curriculum which has its roots based on our school values of aspiration, resilience, responsibility, respect and tolerance, kindness and honesty.
  • To promote teacher and pupil ownership of a skills and knowledge based curriculum.
  • To support all children to reach a high standard in English and Mathematics through specific teaching and application of key skills to learning across the curriculum.
  • To create and explore knowledge, skills and experiences that give purpose to writing.
  • To allow National Curriculum coverage through clear sequence of study and progression. 
  • To excite learners through contextual, memorable and meaningful lessons and themes.
  • To embed opportunities for high quality enrichment experiences including educational visits, themed days, parent workshops and guest speakers.
  • To develop children's learning behaviours, such as independence, collaborative working and solving problems through explicit teaching of non-negotiable learning skills.
  • To develop children’s understanding of equality and diversity as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.
  • Developing a sense of community and belonging, contributing to our community through direct interaction – making links with local organisations.
  • To foster children’s understanding of their lives in a global context.


  • Teachers have good knowledge of the subjects they teach and subject leaders provide colleagues with effective support for planning, resourcing and teaching.
  • Lessons are presented clearly with opportunities for discussion to extend thinking, check understanding, identify misconceptions and provide clear and direct feedback both verbal and through marking.
  • Teaching and learning is balanced and inclusive, encouraging independent thinking and support where needed.
  • High quality texts are used in all year groups to promote reading skills and to use a high level of vocabulary and extended sentence structures. Phonics teaching has priority in EYFS, Year 1 and 2. Reading is promoted within this skill with a focus on confidence and enjoyment.
  • The school adopts a 'maths mastery' approach where number skills and knowledge are consolidated and reasoning skills are used in problem solving.
  • Teachers use assessment effectively to check understanding and inform teaching so that knowledge is gained and used. Pupil progress meetings are held every term to discuss the progress of every child and to put in interventions as required.
  • The curriculum is delivered in various ways to capture interest and imagination but the steps of learning within the subjects are carefully planned to ensure that knowledge and skills are gained for children to build on in future learning.
  • Each child is regarded as an individual and an equal. Our inclusive curriculum consists of activities designed to develop the social, personal, intellectual and physical activities of the children.
  • The quality of the children’s learning is enhanced across the curriculum through practical activities, educational visits linked to study work and the use of ICT. All work in the school is planned within the framework of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum Guidance.


  • Children are confident and successful learners. They think critically about their learning, are keen to learn and see purpose in their learning.
  • Children achieve well by developing knowledge and skills as they progress through the school. Their attainment and progress is above or at least in line with national expectations. Challenge is provided to enable some pupils to reach greater depth.
  • The children leave the school in Year 6 with the confidence and skills ready for a successful transition to secondary school.
  • The impact of the curriculum is evaluated through end of Year assessments and national standard assessment tests (SATs), through governor visits and meetings and through monitoring of teaching, learning and pupil voice.


Our English curriculum is planned for each term using our creative curriculum topics as drivers. We then plan for written and spoken outcomes and match texts and books to these outcomes. Texts are chosen for reading aloud every day, for guided reading with the class teacher and as writing models.  Weekly grammar lessons are taught using the National Curriculum grammar appendix for each year group and matched to the writing purpose. Daily phonics is taught in KS1 through 'Letters and Sounds'. We also use 'Monster Phonics' to support their learning.


We encourage a passion for books and provide stimulating texts in class book corners and our school library.  KS1 and lower KS2 children use a variety of banded reading books including Oxford Reading Tree and Read Write Inc phonics books.


From Year 1 to Year 6 we have a daily basic skills lesson. Within this lesson we have a guided reading session where we focus on decoding, reading with expression and comprehension skills.


Click here for a list of comprehension strategies that we teach and you can use when hearing your child read.


Click each year group for our Reading and Writing Breadth of Study:

 Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6



We teach Mathematics in a way which allows children to develop their understanding and enjoyment. Where possible we apply it to a real life context. In each year, we develop and expand upon the maths methods used. Click here to view our Calculation Policy.


Click year groups for Maths Curriculum Planning:

FS and Year 1, Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4, Year 5 and 6.



We aim to teach Science through developing investigative skills, using practical approaches.  This can be seen throughout all classrooms, with the development of scientific investigation areas designed to challenge pupils' understanding of different topics, through questions and practical use of scientific equipment.


Click here for our Science Overview.

Click here for our Science Progression


Computing and ICT:

The school has an extensive range of ICT resources including laptops, i-pads and classroom PCs.


Each class has a weekly ICT session and a further range of computers within the classrooms extend the use of ICT across the curriculum.


There is a whole school network providing 190 ports and giving Internet access via a wide-band connection.


Click year groups for our Computing Progression:


Humanities and Art and Design:

  • We ensure National Curriculum coverage of the non-core subjects through topic based approach that promotes teacher and pupil ownership of a skills based creative curriculum. We teach the humanities as discrete subjects and also link them with other curriculum areas where there is opportunity to do so.
  • We have created a breadth of opportunities which allocates the national curriculum objectives to the appropriate year groups. These objectives are then used to create medium term planning.
  • We aim to create and explore knowledge, skills and experiences that give purpose to writing and excite learners through contextual, memorable and meaningful lessons and themes.
  • We provide opportunities for high quality enrichment experiences including educational visits, themed days and parent workshops. 

Click here for our KS1 History and Geography overview,  click here for Lower KS2 and click here for Upper KS2


Click on a subject to view our skills and knowledge progression:




Art and Design

Design Technology


Modern Foreign Languages (MFL):

The school teaches French to pupils from Year 3 to 6.


Click here to view our French progression





PE is taught by our class teachers and a specialist PE teacher, Ms Costen. We teach fundamental movement skills, and provide opportunities to extend our pupil’s agility, balance and coordination. Team games and skills are taught that enable our pupils to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. We develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and our pupils learn how to evaluate and recognise their own successes.


Click here for our PE overview

Click here for Key Stage 1 competition diary 2019-2020.



Hampshire Music Service provide instrumental and singing lessons in KS1 and KS1.  Exploration of music and singing is an integral part of our Early Years Curriculum. In addition music is incorporated into our creative curriculum where relevant and we have a weekly whole school singing assembly.


PSHE: (Personal, social, health education)

From November 2019 the school has adopted a scheme of work for PHSE called SCARF: 

Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship. This scheme also includes Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education.


Click here for SCARF overview


Religious Education:

RE is taught in accordance with the Hampshire County Council’s ‘Living Difference’ document. Children are given the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of many different religions alongside Christianity. 


Click here for Living Difference III


The school respects the legal right of any parent to withdraw his/her child with regard to RE.


Special needs:

There are some occasions that many children will need special help to overcome a learning difficulty or to ensure that the curriculum fully extends their abilities. Overseen by the Inclusion Manager, teachers and teaching assistants support some children in small groups or on a one to one basis as required. The school will keep you fully involved and, in relevant cases, may seek the help and advice of the Educational Psychology Service and/or the School Medical Service. Some funding for children with SEN is allocated through Hampshire SEN Service. A copy of the school’s SEN Information Report and Policy is available on this website in Statutory Information.


Able and talented children:

The school is committed to making provision for children who achieve at an exceptionally high level. Opportunities are given for children to develop their talents right across the curriculum. Children who are working at or towards greater depth are recognised through formative and summative assessment and high quality inclusive teaching provides challenge in lessons. The successes and achievements of all children are celebrated each week in our Celebration Assembly.


Educational visits, residential and enrichment
A residential visit to Marchants Hill PGL are organised for the children in Year 5 and Year 6 every other year. A residential visit to Privett is organised for the Year 4 children annually
Parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the visit. We believe that residential trips provide opportunities we would be unable to offer in school and as such we value the enormous contribution they make. Children are given the opportunity to live away from home and develop the independence and social skills associated with this.

In addition, during the school year educational visits are made to places of interest appropriate to our topic based curriculum. These visits enrich and support the children's learning. Parents are asked to contribute towards the cost of the visit. We would like to emphasise that these are voluntary contributions and no child will ever be excluded from a visit if parents feel unable to pay. " The Friends of Cliddesden Primary School” generously help to subsidise educational visits.


Extra-Curricular activities

Enrichment activities are also part of our curriculum. In the past we have had visits from book authors, first-aid training for children, African drummers and much more. Examples of enrichment can be seen on our events page. Classes also hold parent workshops where parents and carers are invited to join a project based lesson.


There are a number of after school clubs for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children. Please see diary dates for information on which clubs are currently running. The school also takes part in a number of inter-school sports competitions throughout the year.


Monitoring Progress:

Parents are informed of their children's progress on a termly basis. In September we have an open afternoon where parents can meet their children’s new teacher and discuss the year’s organisation and expectations. In the autumn and spring terms we have parent consultation evenings to discuss progress. In the summer term the annual report is sent out to parents and there is an optional open afternoon. The school has an ‘open door policy’ and parents are welcome to arrange an appointment with the Head teacher or the class teacher at any time. 


Teachers make on-going teacher assessments of children's attainment and progress and keep their own records to inform their planning. A termly assessment week is identified across the school during which teachers will make a more detailed assessment and take samples of work to help monitor the progress of individuals and groups. In addition Pupil Progress Reviews are undertaken with input from the Head teacher.


Click on Year Group for our Reading, Writing and Maths Core Skills:

Year R

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Please click below to visit the individual class pages to find information of what skills we are learning and using in these subjects.


Cliddesden Primary School
Cliddesden,Basingstoke Tel: 01256 321571 Fax: 01256 333628
Hampshire, RG25 2QU Email:adminoffice@cliddesden.hants.sch.uk

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