Curriculum Overview

St Andrew’s Curriculum Statement

School Curriculum

Each year we have an overarching topic for the whole school. The topic this year is: Endangered Animals. Each class is now named after an endangered animal and this year they will learn more about their chosen animal and about how to help them. St Andrew's follows a curriculum intent based upon the national curriculum and teachers use the progression of skills in all subjects to build upon children's previous learning. Long Term plans and skills progression documents can be found below.

The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that provides rich, stimulating learning experiences enhanced through first hand experiences, visits and visitors. Wherever possible we make great use of the local area to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. We provide a curriculum that develops children academically, physically, and socially. As well as teaching key skills in English and Maths, the pupils are encouraged to tackle problems and work independently in all subjects.

All national curriculum subjects are taught, including French in Key Stage 2. In addition, all children have regular Forest school sessions. 

Nursery and Reception

We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage  which sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five years. You can find information for parents on the Foundation Years website. We use Development Matters to help plan, assess and observe children in order to support their development. At the end of the Reception year we carry out a statutory assessment of all children using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.  The results of this assessment are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.

We teach phonics using the Early Reading Programme.

We do plan around topics in Reception and PreSchool, and we also follow the children’s interests and develop learning themes from them. We also join in with the whole school focus areas each term using age-appropriate activities.

The Nursery and Reception staff are always happy to talk to you about your child’s learning, so if you have any questions please ask. Homework is introduced in Reception which is usually an activity for parents and carers to carry out with their child. Children are also expected to practise phonics and reading every week at home.

The Nursery and Reception staff keep detailed profiles of each child through Tapestry which are available for parents and carers to look at online.


Year 1

At the start of Year 1 we introduce the National Curriculum gradually. This is to give the children a smooth transition into Year 1 with the structure of their day similar to that in Reception. Children are set ambitious targets and are taught in differentiated phonics and maths groups so that they can continue the excellent progress they made in Reception. 

In Year 1 we continue to expect children to read regularly with an adult at home every week. We also expect children to practise their phonic sounds and maths skills.

At the end of Year 1 children are tested on their phonic knowledge using the statutory Year 1 Phonics Screening Test. The results of this are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year.

We teach phonics using the Early Reading Program.


Year 2

In Year 2 children follow the National Curriculum. In Year 2 we continue to expect children to read regularly with an adult at home every week. We teach phonics using the Early Reading Programme.

At the end of Year 2 children are assessed using statutory tests and tasks in reading, writing and maths, along with the teacher’s assessment of their work in class. The results of these assessments are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year as part of their end of year report.


Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6 children follow the National Curriculum.

At the end of Year 6 children are assessed using statutory tests and tasks in reading, writing and maths. The results of these tests are reported to parents and carers at the end of the year with the child’s end of year report.

The Daily Mile

14 May 2021

Daily Mile Challenge On Friday 30th April, the whole school took part in The Daily Mile Challenge along with over 1780 other schools across England. Nearly all children managed a full mile, which...

Basketball Challenges

11 May 2021

BASKETBALL CHALLENGES During the Spring term, all of our Key Stage 2 children took part in some basketball challenges, which were part of the Devon Virtual Games. The challenges involved a lot of pers...


07 May 2021

Elephant Class spent the morning Orienteering with their peers. They were excited to explore the playground, field and Forest School area whilst working as a team, using their navigational skills and...

Skipping Challenges

05 May 2021

SKIPPING CHALLENGES During Spring 2, we threw ourselves into the skipping challenges set to Devon schools by Dan The Skipping Man.  The improvement that was seen in our children’s skipping...

Skipping Day

05 May 2021

Skipping Theme Day On Friday 23rd of April, we welcomed Kate from Dan The Skipping Man to our school. Kate ran skipping workshops with each class teaching us lots of different techniques. We used...

Timetables Rock Stars and Number Block Day

21 Apr 2021

Today children and staff have dressed up as part of our Timestables Rock Stars and Number Blocks day.  Children were very excited to dress up in fancy dress for the day.  We have enjoyed a s...

Easter Story Dioramas

01 Apr 2021

The children have been busy in Forest School this week making Easter story dioramas. 

Red Nose Day 2021

01 Apr 2021

Thank you to all of our parents for their fantastic contribution to our Red Nose Day collection.  We raised a whopping £126.95.  We are delighted to support this amazing charity for th...

Skipping Challenge - Week 1

07 Mar 2021

SKIPPING CHALLENGES Week one of our skipping challenges has got off to a flying start!It has been amazing to see all of the children and staff getting involved, with equal amounts of competitive...

Welcome Back

05 Mar 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming back all children to school on Monday 8th March.