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Our Curriculum

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Key Document List

Our curriculum has been planned by our teachers. It has been contributed to by pupils, parents and governors. Below is some documentation which will help you to understand the rational for our overarching curriculum and the way it has been designed and put together. 

Our curriculum Drivers

  • Relationships-  Enabling happiness, resilience and emotional intelligence within our pupils; making them feel valued and valuing others regardless of background
  • Aspiration - Enabling children to develop a desire to learn independently and develop a belief that they can be whoever or whatever they want to be
  • Communication- Enabling children to develop confidence to speak, listen, present and articulate appropriately
  • Health and Well Being-Enabling children to develop an understanding of importance of being active, looking after our minds and our bodies

Reading, Writing and Maths Age Related Expectations

These booklets are provided to our parents every year and at parents' evening. They show an overview of core learning for these subjects. 


At Locking Stumps we follow a “mastery approach” within lessons in Maths, which explores:

  • a range of mathematical concepts
  • a variety of contexts
  • an array of representations
  • the use of practical equipment to support
  • Mathematical discussion using key vocabulary
  • collaborative and independent ways of working
  • sharing ideas, reasoning and solving problems together

This ensures that our children hold a variety of skills to support their learning and that their knowledge and understanding is deepened within each unit. White rose materials are used to support the planning and small step progression throughout each year group. Below is an example of planning documents used from Year 1 to Year 6. The full set of planning documents can be downloaded by visiting:  The White Rose Website and Resources section (click the link).  The document list also includes information to show how our maths curriculum is progressive. 


English is taught through a combination of spellings,reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is an integral part of our curriculum. 


Reading for pleasure is of high importance at Locking Stumps and we aim to ensure a rich and varied reading diet is provided. Teachers place a high value on books and reading by ensuring their classrooms and departmental areas are engaged with reading. Children read independently, teachers and assistants read aloud and model good practice, promote the use of accessing books that are challenging, provide opportunities to read individually to and select high quality texts to engage children in their discussions, reading and writing.

As a school we provide additional events and activities to widen the scope of reading and to ensure that our environment fully promotes its importance. We do this through annual book weeks, book sales, after school clubs, implementation of reading buddies, author visits, library visits, sponsored activities, utilisation of the Education Library Service to supplement our Topic Resources and class reading sets we also highly promote the love of reading through an engaging World Book Day. 

The profile and importance of reading is delivered to all parents and prospective parents at parent meetings, presentations, newsletters and during regular correspondence.

A programme of Phonics is delivered daily across EYFS and KS1 through discrete lessons and integrated into the curriculum through whole class sessions and guided reading. Children are regularly assessed, grouped and targeted according to their needs and additional intervention is provided to accelerate progress.

Reading is primarily taught through whole-class reading in KS2 although it is integrated into all of our curriculum. We believe that teaching the whole class allows the teacher to develop a shared love for reading, raise expectations and experiences for all children and better prepare children to meet age related expectations. Some children receive additional intervention outside of the whole class reading sessions to enable them to make accelerated progress.

Reading efficiency is further developed in Year 5 and 6 through the implementation of ‘Reading Plus’. This a piece of software is designed to bridge the gap between functional literacy skills and reading for meaning.  Research suggests that students reading more efficiently (i.e. at a speed proportionate to chronological age) are more confident and motivated: the more confident and motivated a student is, the more capable they are at understanding text.

We teach and revisit reading skills and strategies linked to the ability to decode, retrieve, infer, deduce and summarise. Teachers do not limit the teaching of reading strategies and comprehension to the utilisation of class books. Teachers implement the modelling of reading from peer reading or choral reading, using pictures or short films, mystery boxes/or bags, investigating different scenes and ‘hook’ activities.

Children are provided with a home reading book appropriate to their reading ability. These reading books are challenging and regularly monitored to ensure children are reading progressively more challenging and stimulating books. A variety of assessments including a benchmarking tool is used to support the level of book a child is reading. Children who are not reading as frequently at home are identified for further support within school / home.

Across school, children receive spelling homework based on the sounds and spelling rules they have been learning in school. In EYFS and KS1, when relevant, ‘Key words’ are also sent home to read and be assessed each half term.

Vocabulary and language acquisition are a high priority throughout school and every class implement a range of strategies in order to amplify and learn some of the new words that have been visited through whole class and guided reading sessions.

Teachers and teaching assistants have a clear understanding of how children learn to read throughout our school and are provided with regular training.


At Locking Stumps, Writing is taught using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach from EYFS to Year 6. This approach enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it before writing their own version. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

The Talk for Writing approach emphasises the importance of the following structure and elements to writing:

Imitation – Creative hook and context

  • Internalise model text –text map
  • Read as a reader: vocabulary/comprehension
  • Read as a writer: Box up text to establish structure

                                       Analyse features

                                       Construct toolkit

Innovation – Box up new version

                       Shared writing

Independent Application - Hot write

A programme of Letters and Sounds and Phonics is delivered daily across EYFS and KS1 through discrete lessons and integrated into the curriculum through whole class and group sessions. When children are confident with phonics they move towards learning spellings taken from the National Curriculum. Discrete spelling lessons are held weekly in KS2. Children are regularly assessed, grouped and targeted according to their needs and additional intervention is provided to accelerate Writing progress. Across school, children are expected to complete Phonics/Spelling homework (dependent on age or ability) to practise the sounds/spelling patterns which have been taught in school. SPaG teaching is incorporated in to daily English lessons and is an integral part of the Talk for Writing teaching sequence.

Vocabulary and language acquisition are a high priority throughout school and every class implements a range of strategies and discrete teaching in order to amplify and learn some of the new words that have been introduced through Talk for Writing and whole class and guided reading sessions. Children are encouraged to use these within their writing.

Topic Planning

Science and foundation subjects are taught within carefully planned and progressive topics or where this is not possible they are taught discretely. Below is an overview of our school topics and medium term plans for each year group. Modern Foreign Language lessons are taught by Janet Lloyd Primary Languages Network alongside the class teacher and our Music is supported through Accent Music and UpBeat Music. PE is delivered predominantly by class teachers although they are supported by a very knowledgable teaching assistant. The planning overview is subject to change deoending on the needs of the children/school.









Who is my Superhero?


Focus: PSED


In this unit, children will begin to explore their own feelings and others around them. They will understand that to be a ‘Lockies Superhero’ there are rules that they need to follow. They will begin to know the difference between right and wrong and try to behave accordingly.

The children will talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society. They will describe and begin to draw simple maps of their favourite room in their house and home. They will begin to explore the past and present in relation to the different generations in their immediate family.



Focus: UW - People, Culture and Communities and EAD.


In this unit, the children will explore how they, and others celebrate different occasions.

The children will explain the occasions that they and there families celebrate. They will begin to learn about celebrations in different cultures and countries. They will talk about the similarities and differences within celebrations.



The World Around Me

Focus: UW - The Natural World and People, Culture, and Communication and EAD  

In this unit, children will explore the town they live in, building on from prior learning in Autumn 1 about their home. Through stories and experiences they will begin to compare village and town locations.

They will explore the world around them and how it changes during winter. Children will conduct their own freezing and melting experiments and test which materials are suitable for different purposes.

Through Chinese New Year the children will experience traditions from another culture.  





Beyond my World …

Focus: Understanding of the World - People, Culture and Communities, Past and Present and The Natural World

In this unit, children will explore cities; in particular the capital city of their country London. They will building on prior learning from Autumn 1 about their home and Spring 1 their street, village, town.  Through stories and experiences they will begin to compare locations and have the opportunity to compare their location with an African village.

Children will discover different types of transport and develop an understanding of past and present and how vehicles have changed through the years. They will also have the opportunity to make their own vehicle on the woodwork bench. 

Do all Animals come from eggs?

Focus:  Understanding of the World - The Natural World and Past and Present


In this unit, children will make observations about animals and plants. Learning about lifecycles of plants and animals.

They will make comparisons from the past through learning about dinosaurs. 

Watery World


Focus:  Understanding of the World Past and Present and The Natural World


In this unit, children will compare seasonal change through summer and a beach location. Through the text ‘The Seasaw’ children will build on prior learning about life cycles and compare it to human lifecycles. Children will explore the Toys and Traditional games their grandparents played with as children.

Children will understand the past through pirate stories and learn about historical figures Blackbeard and Anne Bonney.

Year 1

Marvellous Me!

Focus: PSHE/ Geography

In this topic, children will learn about who they are, likes and dislikes, where they live and their school within their local community.

Street Detectives

Focus:  Geography/History 

In this topic, children will learn about the local area, countries and the capital cities in the UK. They will also learn about some significant individuals from these locations. Children will gather ideas of past, present and chronology.

Memory Box

Focus: D.T/History

In this topic, children will talk about memories, a timeline of their life and toys through time. They will also look at materials, how toys are made and how they move. They will design their own toy.

The Time Machine

Focus: History


In this topic, children will learn about significant people and places in their local area. They will learn about who has contributed to our nation’s achievements e.g. Florence Nightingale

Fire! Fire!

Focus: History/Geography


In this topic children will learn about a The Great Fire of London, its significance to the UK and how things have changed since that time. They will revisit the geography of the UK and human and physical features.

Seaside Wonders

Focus: Geography/ Science


In this topic children will learn about geographical features of the seaside, coast and beginning to learn more about the surrounding seas and oceans.  They will also learn about the weather across the four seasons.

Year 2


Inside Out

Focus: PSHE / Geography

In this topic, children will learn about who they are, what they like, and how to understand their emotions. They will also learn about where they live and what type of area it is. 

Land Ahoy!

Focus: Geography/History 

In this topic, children will learn about the continents and oceans, physical and human features and similarities and differences between our local area and another place in the world.

Frozen Kingdom

Focus: History/Geography

In this topic, children will learn about where, when and how the Titanic sank (Edwardian), what life was like at that time and how it compares to life today.

Kings, Queens and Castles

Focus: DT/History

In this topic, children will learn about Kings and Queens from around the world. They will look at how different castles are designed and built. They will be creative using stitching methods, levers and axles.

Up, Up and away

Focus : History

In this topic, children will learn about various, significant individuals from History who are known internationally and who have contributed to significant events in national history e.g. Neil Armstrong.

Commotion near the ocean

Focus: Geography/Science

In this topic, children will learn more about the five oceans of the world, the living things that within that habitat why/how they are suited to it.

Year 3

We Will Rock You!

Focus: History and Geography

In this unit, children will learn about changes in British History from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Children will learn about human and physical features of the landscape and how they have changed over time.

Let there be light

Focus: D.T and Science

In this unit, children will learn about electrical systems to make a working nightlight which includes a switch and a bulb. This unit links to ‘The King who Banned the Dark’ as well as the Science unit of ‘Light’.

Groovy Greeks

Focus: History and Geography

In this unit, children will learn about Ancient Greek life, their achievements and influence on the western world. Children will also learn about human and physical characteristics of Greece and how to use 4 figure grid references.  

Coast to Coast

Focus: Geography

In this unit, children will learn to name and locate counties and cities of UK regions. They will also learn about their characteristic and topographical features making comparisons between coastal towns, cities and the countryside. 

Scrap Heap Challenge

Focus: DT and Science

In this unit, children will design and make a moving vehicle which incorporates mechanical systems. Children learn about solving problems within a real context. This unit links to ‘Treasure’ and ‘the Tin Forest’.

Angry Earth

Focus: Geography, Science and D.T.

In this unit, children will describe and understand key aspects of mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. Children will learn about the impact of these on the world around us.

Year 4



Tomb Raiders

Focus: History and Geography

Within this topic the children will explore the achievements of the Egyptians focusing on Hieroglyphics, the pyramids, the calendar and farming.

Brilliant Buildings

Focus: Art and D.T

Within this topic the children will explore a range of structures and the process involved in making their own building. There is a focus on different joints and utilising a range of tools.

Romans on the Rampage

Focus: History and  Geography

Within this topic the children will look at the invasion on Britain and how it impacted on culture and local British tribes. Children have the opportunity to visit Chester.

Time travel

Focus: Geography

Within this topic the children will focus on canals and rivers in our local area. Children will look at how transport has changed with a focus on trade links between Manchester and Liverpool and the counties of the North West.


The Great Outdoors

Focus: Geography

Within this topic we will be visiting local areas to carry out fieldwork. Linked to the Year 4 residential. Children will learn about compass points, physical features, rivers, mountains and the water cycle.

Survival of the fittest

Focus: D.T - Cooking and Science

Within this topic the children will learn about the Human Body, hygiene, different internal systems, food and nutrition and how to keep themselves healthy. This unit also links to sports’ day and international sporting events.

Year 5

American Road Trip

Focus: Geography and Art

Children will use maps and atlases to locate countries in N. and S. America. They will investigate how lines of latitude and longitude affect physical and human geography in the two continents. Children will learn about some of the great American artists from history and use sketch-books to refine and complete artwork in the style of these artists.

Anglo Saxons

Focus: History

In this unit, children will learn about the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century and the impact that had then and now.  They will learn about what life might have been like for an Anglo-Saxon and how life in Britain has changed as a result.

They will also locate places that were invaded and Anglo-Saxon name origins.

Space explorers

Focus: Science

Children will learn about Earth and Space.  They will identify and evaluate scientific evidence and learn about the movement and features of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the Solar System.



Focus: Geography

Children will identify and explain changes over time within the county of Cheshire. Children will use 8 points of the compass and 4 figure grid references (OS Maps) to build knowledge of the UK. They will use fieldwork to observe, measure and record the human and physical features of their local area and describe how physical features of a location affect the human features.

The Mayans

Focus: History and Geography

In this unit children will learn about a non-European society that contrasts with British history. They will learn about South America and the environmental regions and key physical and human characteristics.

Around the World in 80 Dishes

Focus: Design Technology

In this this unit children will learn about the importance of a healthy and varied diet. They will learn about seasonality and where food comes from.

Year 6

The Blitz

Focus: History and Geography

An investigation in to why, when and where the Blitz took place, who was affected by it and what impact did it have on the people and the UK then and now.








 Frozen Kingdom

Focus: Geography

A topic about geographical zones with a focus on the Arctic and Antarctic. Children will learn about explorers who have journeyed over these regions.

Vicious Vikings

Focus: History

Children will find out who the Vikings were, where they came from and what made them successful.


Going Global

Focus: Geography

In this topic we will be identifying the geographical features of the UK and some of the cities around the world. It will focus on human geography including settlements, land use, economic activity including trade links and the distribution of natural resources.

Marvellous marble constructions

Focus: Design Technology

Children will design and make their own marble run whilst learning about how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce complex constructions.


Focus: Science and Design Technology

Children will design and make a product which will incorporate an electrical system.




RSE at Locking Stumps

Every primary school is required to deliver statutory relationships education and health education at Locking Stump this is predominantly taught through PSHE, PE, Science and RE.

At Locking Stumps Community Primary School we understand that pupils must be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to relationships and health education, which must be delivered to every primary-aged pupil. Primary schools also have the option to decide whether pupils are taught sex education. As per the DfE guidance, we have made the decision to teach ‘sex education’ at Locking Stumps.

Relationships education focusses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

We understand our responsibility to deliver a high-quality, age-appropriate and evidence-based relationships, sex and health curriculum for all our pupils. This policy sets out the framework for our relationships, sex and health curriculum, providing clarity on how it is informed, organised and delivered. 


RSE Policy and Resources

At our school, we do teach pupils sex education beyond what is required of the science curriculum. This element of the curriculum is provided predominantly in Year 5 and Year 6 with the help of the school nurse. The focus in Year 5 is linked to Puberty. The topics are also recovered in Year 6 where children learn more about how their bodies are changing, puberty, reproduction and relationships. Parents are informed of these sessions and have the right to withdraw.

School will make contact prior to these sessions to probide more information. Further information can be found below in the RSE policy and scheme of work. 


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