Overview and aims

Our curriculum is designed to provide breadth and balance of experience, knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of the national curriculum and beyond. It is carefully structured to ensure progression for each child. We take account of each child’s individual skills and interests and develop these through a curriculum which is planned thematically and is enriched by a wide range of exciting opportunities.

We provide a curriculum which:

  • offers opportunities for child-initiated learning
  • provides opportunities for skills to be developed independently and collaboratively
  • develops perseverance, resilience, independence and curiosity
  • fosters enthusiasm, responsibility and emotional intelligence
  • develops a balance of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • promotes positive attitudes and approaches to learning
  • develops the child’s unique identity in a supportive, personalised environment
  • meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for England
  • enriches each child’s experience at school through visits, visitors and outdoor learning
  • celebrates and promotes individual talents, interests and achievements
  • promotes understanding of diversity and global awareness

Further information about the national curriculum can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

Or you can access year by year programmes of study by clicking the links below. Due to the nature of rolling programmes in mixed age classes, some children may meet a topic or concept in a different year. Care is taken that a progression of skills and knowledge is maintained, which is appropriate to the children.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Click on the link below for an overview of this year’s curriculum.

Caton Community Curriculum Cycle A Years 1 to 6

In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, learning through purposeful play and developing the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

If you would like to know more, take a look at this document: Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED


We teach phonics using the Read Write Inc scheme.


The reading schemes used in school include: Songbirds, Oxford Reading Tree (Floppy’s Phonics) and Fireflies. A variety of texts are chosen according to reading ability to encourage a broad range of reading. Reading diaries are used to record books read and also as a means of communication between parents and teacher to help support the reading process.

We provide annual workshops for parents with information on how we teach reading, writing and maths.