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School Curriculum

The values underpinning everything we do in school are the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those 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.

New National Curriculum:

The new National Curriculum has been taught from September 2014 and we have been busy planning exciting learning experiences from the new programmes of study. Below is an overview of the topics we have chosen to cover the curriculum. Some topics may change after the first year as we evaluate and adapt our topics. We always start our academic year with a whole-school topic based on a country or continent. In 2014 we studied Europe for the first weeks of term.


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)