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.

Year 6 Dawn til Dusk

26 Jul 2021

The Year 6 children enjoyed a day of forest school activities, team games, cooking their meals on the fire, water fights and the slip n slide! Many thanks to Mr Holt for organising such a fun day! {!...

Year 6 Vivary Park

26 Jul 2021

Our Y6 children enjoyed a day of adrenaline-filled activities at Vivary Park in Taunton to help them celebrate their final weeks at St Andrew's. They took part in their different high ropes cou...

KS 2 trip to Hooke Court

26 Jul 2021

At the end of term, our key stage 2 children enjoyed an action packed day at Hooke Court! The day began with a rocket making workshop. The rockets exceeded all of our expectations and provided an impr...

The Bear Trail - Panda and Tiger Class

19 Jul 2021

Panda and Tiger Class had a great time at The Bear Trail.  They all got stuck in and thoroughly enjoyed getting muddy.  

Sports Day

19 Jul 2021

Sports Day. Following on from a successful sports day, please see some photos of our events. The Reception and Key Stage 1 children took part in long jump, high jump, javelin, tennis ball throw, skipp...

Sports Day

07 Jul 2021

Sports Day A huge well done to the blue team, who were the overall winners of our Sports Day yesterday. Here they are celebrating their victory! More photos and details from the day to follow in...

Seaton Wetlands Trip

02 Jul 2021

On Tuesday 22nd June, Panda class visited Seaton Wetlands to support their topic 'Water, water everywhere!' This consisted of a wildlife trail where we were able to study different animals habitats an...

Monster Kickabout

29 Jun 2021

Monster Kickabout. We have made a fantastic start to 'Monster Kickabout' week at school by getting out our brand new Monster Kickabout equipment. We have pumped up our Premier League balls and the ch...

Monster Kickabout

25 Jun 2021

MONSTER KICKABOUT £1,000 of free football equipment has been given to us by the Monster Kickabout scheme in partnership with Sports Direct and Nike. The offer was open to the first 500 scho...


21 Jun 2021

BIKEABILITY Our upper key stage two completed their level 1 and 2 Bikeability courses last week.They learned how to check their bikes were safe to ride using the ABCD checks:A – airB – bra...