Learning and Curriculum


The curriculum which we offer to all of our children is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum.  Our school is organised as follows:
Foundation Stage (4-5 years) – Reception Class
Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) – Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The curriculum for the Foundation Stage is organised into two main areas, the prime areas and the specific areas.  The prime areas focus on:

  • • Communication and language;
  • • Physical development; and
  • • Personal, social and emotional development.

The specific areas are based on:

  • • Literacy;
  • • Mathematics;
  • • Understanding the world; and
  • • Expressive arts and design.

The National Curriculum subjects taught in Key Stages 1 and 2 are:

  • • English;
  • • Mathematics;
  • • Science;
  • • Art & Design;
  • • Computing;
  • • Design and Technology;
  • • Geography;
  • • History;
  • • Languages;
  • • Music; and
  • • Physical Education.

Personal, Social and Health Education are also taught to all year groups.

All subjects and areas of learning are carefully planned to give each child appropriate, memorable experiences and the opportunity to achieve his/her full potential.  Each class is part of the whole school and as a result does not work independently.  A themed, topic approach is used where possible, to enable our pupils to make links in their learning.  Our school curriculum is planned very carefully, with a two year cycle in Key Stage 1, Year 3/4 and in Years 5/6

The Curriculum at Messingham

Curriculum Intent

At Messingham Primary we have chosen a values based, thematic approach to learning, where cross-curricular links bring learning to life. We provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is reflective of the unique context and culture of Messingham and the surrounding areas.

We change our topics frequently in EYs and KS1. This ensures learning is fresh and exciting for our younger learners, effective in holding their interest and attention, whilst enabling them to develop the appropriate knowledge and skills.

To allow for appropriate breadth and depth with older learners, topics are stretched across a term so that children can develop  detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum, building on prior learning.

Teachers plan collaboratively from a skills based curriculum. Given the nature of our school set up (with some classes being mixed age groups), a two yearly cycle has been created. Full coverage of the national curriculum is achieved by each end point.

To ensure progress is measurable we have developed a long term plan and a skills based planning and assessment document for each subject which clearly outlines the progression that the children will follow. This enables the teachers to plan work that is suited to the individual needs of the children and to assess each child’s level of attainment in every subject.

Overview 2021/22

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National Curriculum Guidelines

Links to the Govenrment Guidelines