Our Teaching & Learning pages describe how we approach the teaching of the National Curriculum, subject by subject and term by term.




Find out more about the National Curriculum

Nursery and Reception (Cygnus) classes are classed as Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  What they are taught follows statutory guidance for all Early Years providers:–2


  • Children in years 1 and 2 (Infants, 5-7 years old) follow Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum
  • Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Juniors, 7-11 years old) follow Key Stage 2.


Details of what their learning must currently cover each year and in each subject may be found here:




Phonics and Reading Schemes

In EYFS and Key Stage 1, we use Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics  to plan for the systematic pace and progression of phonological awareness and phonics. You can download the materials here:


Phonics info for parents

Letters and Sounds (for teachers and practitioners)


There’s also a helpful video you can view to see how we pronounce each of the phonemes:




Actions and gestures from the Jolly Phonics scheme are also used to support children’s learning of grapheme-phoneme correspondences.

As our children learn to read, they progress using The Oxford Reading Tree scheme of graduated, banded books, supported by a selection of complementary books.