Curriculum Introduction & Statements

At Ilsington C of E Primary School, the teaching team work closely together to discuss the needs of the children and to set out the priorities for the academic year ahead. Please find attached a copy of our school’s priorities poster and Recovery Curriculum.

We have devised our own phonics programme based on Letters and Sounds (Six- Phase Teaching Programme for KS1). We use a range of resources, which include Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics and to support the pupils learning of phonics. 
Continuous provision in our outside learning environment 

Ilsington CE Primary’ School’s Recovery Curriculum

At Ilsington as our children return to fulltime school after a second lockdown and a year of disruption to their learning, we have given a great deal of thought as to how to integrate them carefully and sensitively back into school life again. As a team we have worked together to consider the needs of the children in our individual setting and have designed a “Recovery Curriculum”. We have drawn on the research of Professor Barry Carpenter and the five levers for recovery to support us in our curriculum design for the first few weeks back in school.

Whilst the blended learning that we provided for all children has been highly effective throughout January and February with positive feedback from children and their families and we are keen to maintain the academic standards for everyone. We believe that it is crucial that time is given to allow all children to recover from the loss and anxiety that they have experienced as a result of the disruptions they have encountered due to Covid. 

In common with the rest of the Link Academy Trust we have planned a focus on an interactive, Science based project in years 2-6 based on resources from the NFU Stemterprise resources.

Honeywell will be basing their recovery curriculum around the new Oliver Jeffers book "What We'll  Build, Plans for Our Together Future".

We will ensure a continued focus on physical activity, outside learning and creativity, to ensure that we provided many opportunities for children to be able to express their thoughts, feelings  and anxieties around their experiences this year during lockdown and on returning to school.

We will continue to post pictures and videos of your children’s learning throughout the term so that you can share in their enjoyment and successes.


Skills, Knowledge and Understanding.

To ensure that we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, we follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for the eleven statutory Primary school subjects :
English, Maths, Science, Physical Education, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, Computing, Languages and Design Technology.

Our Topic based approach

Much of our teaching and learning takes place within a topic based curriculum approach. The planning for different topics across the year for each class is shown in the attached document "Our Topic based Curriculum".