At Stokesay Primary School, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are an extremely school. Our pupils and families come from a wide variety of backgrounds, both in and around Craven Arms, and our curriculum design and implementation reflects this. The school caters for a wide range of needs, abilities and learning styles. Children are provided with stimulating contexts wherever possible, with differentiation and support at all levels. Our staff (who have a good mix of experience and expertise) are fully aware of the needs of the children in their classes and their planning accounts for this. We aim to prepare our children for secondary school by giving the solid basic skills, a love of learning, confidence and strong values.
Our Curriculum has several strands:
Curriculum Planning (2019 onwards):
For Maths Curriculum information, please click here.
For English Curriculum information, please click here.
For PSHE Curriculum information, please click here.
For Curriculum information matrices for Science, Computing, History, Geography, Languages, PE, Art/Design, Music and DT, please click here.
Core Subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
Foundation Subjects: Design Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Personal and Social Education, and MFL (French) NB: Religious Education is taught through the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus (2019).
Mathematics: Mathematics lessons are taught each day and, where possible, is linked to other curriculum areas and real life situations.
Each lesson incorporates the requirements of the National Curriculum and is taught on many levels, so that the activities are suitable for each child in the class. The work is based around the areas of: number, geometry, statistics, fractions, measurement, ratio and proportion and algebra, often taught through problem solving. Mental calculations are part of each lesson. Times tables are central to many aspects of mathematics, so the children are encouraged to learn them on a regular basis in class and as homework.
English: Our English curriculum consists of reading, writing, speaking, listening and drama. Children are taught English every day, as per requirements of the National Curriculum.
Guided Reading: Each child will also receive a guided reading session each week where they share the reading of a book with a group of children. This is followed by activities and discussions led by the teacher.
Reading Planners: We stress the importance of reading and children are expected to read at home every night, whether it is based on their AR reading book or a suitable book of their choice. Reading for enjoyment is always encouraged.
Writing: The writing part of the curriculum links, where it is possible, to the work we are covering at the time in other subjects and we also have discrete grammar lessons at times. We cover a wide variety of writing styles and use exciting contexts to stimulate ideas for writing, whether they are other texts, trips out of school, visiting speakers or creative experiences. Weekly spelling lists are sent home following a lesson focusing on a certain rule. Children are always encouraged to listen to the ideas of others. They are given many opportunities to express their own opinions and share in discussions. Drama is incorporated into our work too.
Design and Technology: Design and Technology often links with other curriculum areas (eg Science). Children are taught to use a wide range of tools and equipment to make models of their plans. Food and cooking is taught regularly also. Tasks often involve evaluating products, planning a solution to the problem set, making a model and reviewing how well their model meets the requirements.
Science: Children are encouraged to solve problems using their prior knowledge and to set up experiments to answer questions they often pose themselves. Throughout the year, the children will plan a variety of experiment types, make predictions, carry them out in a fair way and evaluate them.
Computing: The children all have access to laptops, PCs and the Internet, and are given regular opportunities to use them safely. We teach them how to research a project, present information, handle data, write a program and control mechanisms.
Art and Design, Music: Children are given the opportunity to express themselves through these subjects on a regular basis. We value the imaginative ideas the children have and provide exciting contexts for them to explore them.
History and Geography: Visits and visitors into school link to these subjects, often being the inspiration for work in other subjects too (eg English). We use the outdoors and our local area as much as possible. Work in geography often encompasses looking at people from other communities and cultures. The children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources to inform their learning, this may include books, atlases, maps, the internet, artefacts and videos.
PE: We teach the children a wide range of sports to encourage participation and enjoyment. Outdoor sports include football, rugby, basketball, hockey, athletics, tennis, golf, and multi-sport. Indoor sports include gymnastics, dance and multisport. Key Stage Two have swimming lessons at a local swimming pool. There are regular P.E. lessons in the week, both outside and inside as we have 2 large hall and playground. One PE lesson in the week is delivered by a PE specialist from our MAT partner school, who also runs an after school club. We take part in a number of inter-school tournaments such as: multi-sport, dodge ball, hockey, orienteering, rounders, basketball, tag rugby, netball and cricket. In addition to working with children from other schools, it gives the children experience of competitive sport.
RE: Religious Education is taught through the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus (2019), supplemented by visits, visitors and special events (eg: talks from our local Imam, Sohayb Peerbhai and monthly 'Open the Book' assemblies focusing on bible stories)
PSHE: PSHE is taught through class and whole school assemblies, as well as discretely by the class teachers, using planning guidance and lesson plans from the PSHE Association, of which we are a member school. Children’s questions are dealt with appropriately as they arise throughout their time at our school. The children in Upper Key Stage 2 get the opportunity to attend the Crucial Crew days in the summer term.
* Aspects of SMSC and the 'Prevent' agenda:
The curriculum planning documents (above) have been updated to show curriculum coverage of the 4 aspects of SMSC provision in school (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural), highlighted in different colours. Please click here to see other aspects of school life that help to ensure this provision is broad and balanced. There are links to where suggested curriculum resources from http://www.preventforschools.org/ will be taught as part of this planning.
For further sources of information on the curriculum in each class, please click on the 'Children' tab at the top of this website and choose your child's class. For more detailed information, please talk to your child's class teacher.