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Our curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated people. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. Our curriculum is designed to reflect local history, geography and people. Our curriculum provides a base around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. Lessons are enhanced by visits, visitors or experiences to stimulate and engage children and provide exciting opportunities to learn and particularly to write.

We actively promote our school’s values of Aspiration, Resilience, Confidence, Teamwork, Independence and Creativity to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Reading Curriculum Statement

Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. We develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge. We recognise that it is vital for pupils’ comprehension that they understand the meanings of words they meet in their reading across all subjects.At Nunthorpe Primary pupils develop reading in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and encouraged to read for pleasure. Nunthorpe Primary do everything to promote wider reading. We provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home.

Planning for Progress

Decoding words, developing language and acquisition of comprehension skills are taught simultaneously. Children in early years get off to a quick start and begin to learn phonics using the Read, Write Inc. scheme. This continues into Year 1 and the intention is that all pupils are confident and competent with their phonic ability by the end of Year 1. In Year 2 pupils’ reading is more focused on reading comprehension skills although some pupils are supported to continue to develop phonic ability. Pupils in the early years and Year 1 read books matched to phonic ability at home and school. Most pupils from Year 2 upwards read books at their individual comprehension level using the Accelerated Reader programme. Pupils take these books home and are rewarded for regular reading and accuracy. Pupils from Year 2 upwards are taught explicit comprehension skills through quality first teaching.

High Expectations for All

Pupils are taught phonics in groups based on individual ability. Reading lessons are taught in both ability and mixed ability groups and work is differentiated. We have high expectations for all and ensure that all pupils keep up and catch up through interventions. Continuous assessment is used to support and challenge.

A Love of Reading and Parental Engagement

Reading has high priority throughout school. Books, from a school book spine, are read to pupils by their teachers. Each class has a reading display that motivates pupils to read. Pupils are rewarded through certificates and end of term treats. We take every opportunity to celebrate reading through events such as: World Book Day, Book Fairs, World Poetry Day, theatre visits and Story Swaps. Parents write comments in reading logs in the younger years and teachers praise pupils and inform parents of progress using a parental engagement app, parent meetings and regular data captures.

Standards and Attainment

Pupils make maximum progress in phonics and reading through a range of planned assessment opportunities. Regular ongoing assessment and more formal assessment informs teachers and leaders of pupil progress which is shared with parents and governors.

High Quality Teaching and Learning

The English leader ensures that all staff have high quality training so that they are experts at teaching reading. Leaders, in school and across the trust, monitor and moderate to ensure high quality teaching and assessment.

Writing Curriculum Statement

The English curriculum at Nunthorpe Primary teaches pupils to speak and write with fluency so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through writing, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Writing also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Pupils are taught spelling, handwriting and composition and are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.

Writing Matrix

Writing Matrix Plan Autumn Term

Writing Matrix Plan Spring Term

Writing Matrix Plan Summer Term

Maths Curriculum Statement

High-quality mathematics teaching provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are taught in distinct domains, but planning ensures that the curriculum makes rich connections across mathematical ideas, particularly through data handling in science and other subjects. Pupils move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. In order that pupils achieve their full potential, they receive support and challenge.

Pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they:

  • develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, investigating relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Science Curriculum Statement

Through science, children are taught to be curious about the world around them. Our curriculum is stimulating, engaging and challenging and ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum. It fosters a sense of wonder about natural phenomena. Children develop and use a range of scientific skills including questioning, fair-testing and drawing conclusions. Scientific vocabulary is taught and built upon as topics are revisited progressively in different year groups and across key stages.

Science is taught by Mr Salter in Years 2 to 6.  This enables science to be given a high priority in the curriculum and allows time for regular practical investigation.  Numeracy and Literacy skills are enhanced through science teaching. In order that pupils achieve their full potential, they receive support and challenge.

Our Science Curriculum can be viewed by selecting the button below:

Science is taught in each year group as follows:-

  • EYFS – embedded in the EYFS curriculum.
  • Y1 – Science lessons each week taught by the Year 1 teacher plus two cross curricular topics, lasting several weeks.
  • Y2 to Y6 – Science lessons each week taught by Mr Salter.

The topics in each year group can be viewed by selecting the button below:

Medium term plans for science can be found in the ‘Curriculum’ section for each year group. For cross-curricular topics, they are embedded in the cross curricular Medium Term Plans.

Curriculum Statement for SMSC

At Nunthorpe Primary Academy the spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life;
  • knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values;
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning;
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Nunthorpe Primary has a full calendar of events and activities related to SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural) aspects of learning.

PSHE and RSE Curriculum Statement

Our PSHE programme has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.

We develop skills and attributes through our school values of: Aspiration, Resilience, Confidence Teamwork, Independence and Creativity.

At Nunthorpe Primary Academy we ensure that pupils are provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to relationships and health education which is delivered to every primary aged pupil. Sex education is also covered in an age appropriate manner.

Relationships Education is focused on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. It is lifelong learning about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care, for family life. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. It is a key part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Social, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision, and is an important aspect of preparing our children for life in Modern Britain.

Wider Curriculum

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Computing –

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Geography –

Year GroupDownload
NurseryNursery Long Term Plan Year 1
Nursery Long Term Plan Year 2
Nursery Medium Term Plans:


New Life / Growth

The Great Outdoors

Nursery Reading Spin 1
Nursery Reading Spine 2
Poetry Reading Spine
 Literacy Plans:
 Spring 1 

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Reception Reception Long Term Plan
Reception Medium Term Plans:
 The Great Outdoors



New Life

Animals / New Life

 Reception Reading Spine
Poetry Reading Spine
 Reception Maths
Year 1Year 1 Long Term Plan
 Year 1 Medium Term Plans:
 1. Julia Donaldson 

2. Houses, homes, materials

3. Barnaby Bear

4. From seed to shoot

5. Victorians

 Year 1 Science
 Year 1 Reading spine
Poetry Reading Spine
 Year 1 Maths
Year 2Year 2 Long Term Plan
 Year 2 Medium Term Plans:
 1. Captain Cook 

2. Space and Neil Armstrong

3. Great Fire of London

4. George Stephenson

5. Health and Growth

6. Roald Dahl
 Year 2 Science
 Year 2 Reading spine
Poetry Reading Spine
 Year 2 Maths
Year 3Year 3 Long Term Plan
 Year 3 Medium Term Plans:
 Ancient Greeks

Ancient Egyptians

Extreme Earth

Healthy Eating

Light and Shadow

Stone Age to Iron Age

The River Tees

The Creakers and Tom Fletcher
Year 3 Reading spine
Poetry Reading Spine

Year 3 Science

 Year 3 Maths
Year 4Year 4 Long Term Plan
 Year 4 Medium Term Plans:
 1. The Romans 

2. Sound

3. Anglo Saxons

4. Vikings

5. Electricity

 Year 4 Science
 Year 4 Reading spine
Poetry Reading Spine
 Year 4 Maths
Year 5Year 5 Long Term Plan
 Year 5 Medium Term Plans:
 1. & 2. Tudors 

3. Space

4. Extreme Earth

5. Kensuke’s Kingdom

6. Victorians

 Year 5 Science
 Year 5 Reading spine
Poetry Reading Spine
 Year 5 Maths
Year 6Year 6 Long Term Plan
 Year 6 Medium Term Plans:
 1. World Wars 

2. Heart and Health

3. The Highwayman

4. Mountains

 Year 6 Science
 Year 6 Reading spine
Poetry Reading Spine
 Year 6 Maths

History – History Curriculum Overview

Languages – Languages Curriculum Overview

Music – Music Curriculum Overview

PE – PE Curriculum Overview

PSHE and RSE – PSHE+RSE Curriculum Overview

RE – RE Curriculum Overview

View the year groups below to see more detail on which parts of the curriculum are taught to each class:

Further Information

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