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Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Stage

Teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage is very carefully planned. The curriculum is based upon the new Foundation Stage National Curriculum, which all providers of Early Years Education must follow. We deliver our curriculum through a highly structured environment which incorporates the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Education
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

During the teaching sessions, the children have the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of activities. They learn with other children in small and large groups. Some activities will be independent and others will be led by staff. Teaching and learning is based on learning through play and structured individual or small group teaching.

Home visits are an essential part of our induction policy for children starting the nursery. The visit enables our staff to meet each child in familiar surroundings where he/she can feel confident and comfortable. Parents can discuss their child’s admission on an individual basis and can share any queries or concerns with staff. Children starting in Reception will be invited to spend a full day, including lunch, prior to the beginning of their first term.

Teaching and Learning in Key Stages 1 and 2

A well structured programme of transition helps the children transfer smoothly from their reception class in to their new class in Key Stage 1. Here the curriculum will progressively change from the Foundation Stage for Learning to one which follows the National Curriculum for key stages 1 and 2. This change is made with great care and sensitivity towards the individual children’s readiness for this change.

School places a high priority on developing the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. However, we also offer the children a broad and balanced curriculum which includes Religious Education, Design and technology, History, Geography, Art and design. Music, Physical education (PE), including swimming, Computing and Modern foreign languages (at key stage 2).

The learning experiences for the children are organised within our Creative Curriculum under topic headings, a different topic for each of the 6 terms. Topics are cross-curricular in nature and are based on children’s interests and

Phonics and reading schemes

The use Read, Write Inc. in key stage 1 for our phonics and reading schemes.

Further Information

Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School follows the national curriculum.  You can find out more abut the national curriculum here:


Curriculum Map 2019-20


Autumn Spring Summer
EYFS Why do ladybirds have spots?


Do you want to be friends? Why do zebras have stripes?
Why are carrots orange?


Will you read me a story? What can you see in Summer?


Year 1 1. Dinosaur Planet (History)


1.Bright lights and the big city


1. The enchanted Woodland


2. Splendid Skies


2.Paws, claws and whiskers (Art)
Christmas Nativity Class Assembly

Spring 2

Visit to Chester Zoo
Year 2 1. Muck Mess and mixtures


1.Towers, Tunnels and Turrets





2. Street Detective (History) 2. Wriggle and Crawl (Science) SATs
Christmas Nativity Class Assembly –Doves Spring 1 Beach Visit

Class Assembly Swifts Spring 2

Year 3 1.Scrumdiddlyumptious


1.Gods and Mortals (History)

Open Centre?

1. Tribal Tales (History)
2.Tremors (Geography) 2. Mighty metals (Science)
Autumn 1 Woodpeckers Class Assembly Year 3 Production : Greek Theme


Summer 1: Owls Class Assembly


Year 4


Traides and Raiders (History) 1066 – Castleton visit (local Geography comparison)


Road Trip USA



Blue Abyss


Burps/Bottoms and bile


Whitehall residential Y4 Class assemblies Y4 Performance
Year 5 1. Pharaohs


1.Alchemy Island (Music) 1. Time traveller

(Art and design)

2. Beast Creator (Science) 2. Allotment (Geography)
Trip to Manchester Museum Performance Spring 2

Class assemblies

City Break residential
Year 6 1.A Child’s war (History)

Eden Camp

1.Darwins delights (Science)

Butterfly House?

2. Frozen Kingdom (Geography) 2. SATs 1. Hola Mexico


Booster Groups Booster Groups

French Trip

Y6 Production

Leavers Service

Art & Design