Curriculum Coverage

The values underpinning everything we do in school are:


We also promote 'British Values', which are defined by the government as democracythe rule of lawindividual libertymutual respect and tolerance  of different faiths and beliefs.  

The curriculum at Crown Wood Primary School strives to promote the highest achievement by all pupils through enjoyment and creativity.  The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • To enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
  • To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
  • To teach children the basic skills of English, maths and computing;
  • To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
  • To teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
  • To enable children to be positive citizens in society;
  • To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
  • To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong;
  • To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
  • To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.

We plan our curriculum in topics to create cross-curricular links which extend children’s learning.  Each topic will have practical activities and opportunities for Art or Design. We plan exciting lessons that will motivate the children to learn and provide experiences for them to remember.  

Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and we have a bank of notebook computers and laptops that are used throughout the school.

Children’s learning is celebrated in many ways as can be seen by the stimulating and varied displays throughout the school and our lively Sharing Assemblies, to which parents are invited. 

For reading, we use a wide range of books, but have the Oxford Reading Tree as a core scheme. We also have a large number of books to engage the interest of boys particularly and of reluctant readers.

Phonics is taught daily up to Year 3, using the Letters and Sounds materials.

If you require any further information, please ask your child's class teacher.

The Early Years / Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

The school follows 'Development Matters'.  You can download a copy here.  Topics are planned based on the children's interests and change from year to year.  For further, up to date, information, please see your child's Class Page.

The National Curriculum

At Key Stages 1 and 2 all children at the school study the following subjects as part of the National Curriculum:

  • Literacy (English – reading, writing and speaking & listening)
  • Numeracy (Mathematics)
  • Computing
  • Science
  • Design Technology (including food technology)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Literacy & Numeracy

The majority of the children’s time in school is spent learning English and Mathematics.  There are daily Numeracy and Literacy lessons, the latter supplemented by individual and group guided reading, phonics (in EYFS and KS1) and Handwriting (in KS1).

English units of work include reading; spelling; punctuation; grammar; speaking and listening and narrative and non-fiction writing.  The context for Literacy lessons is often the term’s topic or theme and this provides a purpose for writing and opportunities for the children to apply their skills across the curriculum.

The Mathematics curriculum includes regular oral and mental work, followed by the teaching of different strategies for solving problems, and children are given the opportunity to explain their methods and reasoning. Pupils are given clear instructions and questioned to ascertain their understanding; they may also spend time working together in groups or in pairs.  There is a great emphasis on oral and mental work.  Children have the opportunity to apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum.

Overviews of our English and Maths curriculums can be found here:

English Curriculum

Mathematics Curriculum

The non-core (or foundation subjects) are taught as topics with opportunities to apply English and Mathematics skills.  Most subjects are taught weekly, but some are blocked and there are 'curriculum weeks' during the year too.  Below is an overview of the topics we have chosen to cover the curriculum. Some topics change as we evaluate and adapt our topics. For further, up to date, information, please see your child's Class Page.


Year group

Term 1:1

Term 1:2

Term 2:1

Term 2:2

Term 3:1

Term 3:2


Family Tree

Fizz Bang!

(Bonfire, fireworks)


(Historical awareness)




(Differing locations)


Fire, fire!

(Great fire of London)

Fire, fire!

(Great fire of London)

A Knight’s Tale


Now you see me, now you don’t!



(Famous People)

Here I Am!

(Local Area)


We will Rock You!

(Science - rocks)


(Science and Geography)

Walk Like an Egyptian


Walk Like an Egyptian

Open Wide

(Teeth and digestion)

Going for Gold









Dr Who

(Space, technology)


Where on Earth?

Forced Invasion


Don’t Lose your Head!


Good Vibrations

(Science- sound)

Circle of Life

Bright Sparks



Blue Planet



Blue Planet

Greeks - Ancient


Greeks - Legacy




(Science and technology)