Our School Curriculum

The curriculum at Stannington First School

At Stannington First School, we offer a creative curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage.

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

The school uses a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning.  This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a topic.  Within the topic, children are able to practise and apply their reading, maths and English skills in other subject areas.


Our ‘Long Term Plans’ show each year group’s overview of topics and curriculum learning.


Our ‘Topic Maps’ show each year group’s half termly areas of learning. These topic maps detail the theme or focus of the topic and how different subjects and areas of learning will be brought together to explore the theme. Writing and maths opportunities are created across the curriculum and learning is further enhanced with class trips, visitors to school or through our 'Buddy' activity afternoons.

Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and Forest School. Our subject leaders are given training and opportunities to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.

Themed weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. The school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based activities, performances, competitions and events such as 'Stay and Share'. Developing our pupils' independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

We strive to promote a love of learning in our safe and happy school. 


Termly class topic maps can be found on our class pages, click on the 'Classes' tab.