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The Creative Curriculum

We aim at Thurlbear Primary School to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which will promote the moral, spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils, thus enabling them to lead happy and useful lives, both now and in the future. 

Our School Vision is to:

create an irresistible Church School; be a beacon for learning experiences which lead to great life achievements. Our curriculum aims to be:

  • ​Broad - by introducing children to all areas of learning and knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes.

  • Balanced – each area of learning and experience receives appropriate attention in relation to the others. It is matched to pupils` developing abilities and attitudes.

  • Progressive – work provided at each stage reflects and builds on what has been learnt previously.

  • Preparative – preparing the children for the wider world by covering issues such as citizenship, personal and social education, health, environmental education, equal opportunities and multi-cultural education.

More information can be found in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Policy.

Our Curriculum

The National Curriculum 2014 provides the framework for our curriculum. Outlined below are links to our curriculum programs and procedures for your information as well as the parent guide for the new national curriculum.

Our curriculum is planned through learning experiences with each experience been driven by 2 or 3 key subject areas. Across the year all subjects are integrated within the planning through which all objectives from the national curriculum are covered. The planning follows a 2-year rolling programme; year 1 and 2; year 3 and 4; year 5 and 6 with opportunities for children to lead the focus of the experience based on their interests. Reception follow the EYFS curriculum which is also taught through experiences which is selected from the current children’s interests.​
Key stage 1 New curriculum overview.docx
KS1 coverage with progression of skills Cycle 1.doc
KS1 coverage with progression of skills Cycle 2.doc
KS1 coverage with progression of skills Cycle 2

Additional information about the curriculum:

Subject specific information:​


Reading: At Thurlbear Primary School we place the highest emphasis on teaching our children to read. It is our aim for each child to read fluently and accurately, with understanding and discrimination. To enable us to have a consistent approach to the learning of phonics and reading, we follow the Somerset Letters and Sounds Phonics Program based on 5 key phases. This is a proven phonics scheme and we are delighted with the results we are achieving. Each day in reception and key stage 1 children are grouped in their year group according to their ability in reading and are taught phonics, reading and spelling for half an hour a day this is through structured phonics or spelling sessions or guided reading sessions. In reception we hold parent information meetings to explain how you can support your child at home. If you have missed this please contact Ms Mountford who will be delighted to help support you. Alongside this we send home home-readers for children to practice reading skills at home and this follows the Oxford Reading Scheme book banding. Children move through the reading scheme at the appropriate rate for each child. Once children have progressed through the phases they are ready to read independently and develop higher order reading skills. Teacher led guided reading sessions take place in Key Stage 2 to develop the key skills of comprehension.
Writing: Every child should develop a legible style of handwriting and good standards of spelling and grammar. We follow ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which we adapt to suit the children and the year group being taught.
Speaking and Listening: We encourage communication and confidence in speech and writing.  These are developed in ways appropriate for various occasions and purposes.  Each child should be able to ​listen attentively at certain times and gain an understanding of what he/she has heard.  An increasingly important language skill is to learn how to acquire information from various sources, and to record this information in various ways.  This we endeavour to do through topic, project and research work.


Numerical skills involve more than simply the computation of numbers and the learning of tables, although these are an important aspect of the whole mathematical programme.  Children should be able to apply these computational skills with speed and accuracy.  It is our aim to teach the children to understand what they are doing and apply mathematical ideas to various situations through practical activities and problem solving.  We have a clear maths calculation policy which enables the same strategies and methods to be taught across the school. The Maths Calculation Policy is available to parents through the link below. Throughout key stage 1 and 2 each class has daily maths’ sessions which focus on developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving within all areas of the math’s curriculum.
Thurlbear Calc policy 2015.docx


Science is taught at all stages in a way that emphasises practical, investigative and problem solving activities.  Our Science teaching follows the National Curriculum guidelines which include the study of life and living processes, materials and their properties, physical processes and scientific enquiry.


The school is equipped with an interactive display in each classroom together with a suite of laptops, Chrome Books and Learn Pads, aimed primarily at our younger learners.  ICT is taught through dedicated skills lessons and as an embedded support mechanism in other curriculum subjects.  All curriculum computers are networked with access to the Internet and the Somerset Intranet.  Children are given an opportunity from the earliest age to gain confidence in using this technology in order to enhance their learning, as well as learning about how to stay E-safer online at school and home.

Religious and Moral Education

Daily acts of collective worship are held either in school or in the village churches. There is a programme of Religious Education based on the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which forms the framework for a balanced programme for RE.  The Christian foundation of the school, however, ensures that the spiritual development of the children and Christian values have a particular emphasis within the whole life of the school.  We aim to develop within our children not only an awareness of self and sensitivity to others, but also the acquisition of a set of moral values and the confidence to make moral judgements and develop habits of self-discipline and acceptable behaviour.  Within these aims we intend that our children gain some awareness and understanding of other people's cultures and religions.  With this in mind visitors are invited in to school to speak to the children.  Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Religious Education and Collective Worship provided. 

Geography and History

Topics are aimed at developing an interest and understanding of other countries and cultures as well as appreciating differences from the past to the present day.  Apart from fostering enjoyment and understanding, we hope to provide experience in the use of various reference and research materials.

Design and Technology

Children are encouraged to identify needs and opportunities for Design and Technology activities.  This is structured into designing and planning, constructing and being able to evaluate their activities.  Portfolios of children’s work are collected and assessed regularly. 


We aim to involve as many children as possible in the musical life of the school.  Class activities include listening to music, singing and composing and performing using a range of percussion.  Many of the junior children enjoy singing in the school choir.  Keyboards and other musical instruments are in use in school frequently in Music and ICT lessons. These groups frequently play in church services, praise assemblies and other occasions. The school also has the facility to enable peripatetic music teachers to come into school to provide individual music lessons. Please speak to Mrs Moore in the school office for further details.

Art and Design

The school aims to give children a wide range of experience in art and craft including drawing, painting, printing, clay modelling and needlework.  We place a high value on art as a form of communication and self-expression and as a means of investigating, recording and decorating.


French is taught by a specialist teacher in KS2 as part of the curriculum. The objective is on fun activities and games. Children learn to understand spoken French and to have short conversations. In upper KS2 children begin to write short sentences.


The school’s provision for PE and games follows the requirements of the National Curriculum.  On top of this children are encouraged to take part in after school football, netball, cricket, rugby, multi-skills, rounders, athletics and country dancing clubs. Our children have the opportunity to take part in two high quality PE lessons a week, offering a range of sports in and out of school time and encouraging sports leadership with our older children. The school has an annual Sports Day which encourages competitive as well as skill based activities.  In addition, children have the opportunity to compete in many local sporting events throughout the year.

Health Education is based on the National Curriculum Science requirements, covering topics such as growth and development of the child, suitable food, child’s own health, family and friends and the environment. Preparation for growing up includes an introduction, at a modest level, to sex education, which is taught to 10 - 11 years olds, during which male and female members of teaching staff are present.  Parents will be notified in writing when this topic will be taught and have the right to withdraw their child from the programme if they so wish. Children bring a healthy snack in for break time, such as fruit or a cereal bar.  Milk is also offered if parents wish to pay for this. Our Health Education programme, healthy snacks and PE activities all contribute towards this status.

Homework (for more information please see the homework policy)

We believe that School provides only part of a child’s education.  There is so much for a child to learn and enjoy out of school in the company of parents, family and friends or on their own.  We feel that children of Primary School age should have time after School in which to pursue their own interests, hobbies and play. However, in line with current Government guidelines, children are asked to take home reading materials and books so that parents can participate in helping with their progress.  All children have set tasks on a regular basis and are asked to complete specific pieces of work, learn their tables or spellings and be encouraged to further their individual research. Homework is an extension of our parent/school partnership and we would ask parents to set aside a quiet space and time to help, listen and encourage the homework tasks.

In line with current Government guidelines, the times recommended each evening for homework for each year are as follows:


Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 ​ ​ ​
​Reception ​Year 1 ​Year 2 ​Year 3 ​Year 4 ​Year 5 ​Year 6
​5 mins ​10 mins ​10 mins ​15 mins ​20 mins ​25 mins ​30 mins

At the beginning of each term class teachers will send home a Curriculum Overview detailing the learning experience and the topics to be covered, information about class routine and reminders for the term. Homework may include work on these topics/projects as well as the more routine reading, learning of spellings and maths tasks. 

 Dressing UpDrama ClassMaths ClassLearning Together