The Curriculum

he New National Curriculum, comes in to effect from the 1st September 2014. The school has adopted and will teach core subjects of English and Maths alongside the programmes of study, as set out in the National Curriculum 2014 for the Foundation Subjects: Art and Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography and Physical Education.




We have developed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest national curriculum review. Our curriculum will ensure that our children’s learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements.

We are working hard to ensure we provide a stimulating, engaging, relevant and fun curriculum. We aim for our children to be:


Successful learners who….

  • are numerate / literate and IT literate to enable life long learning
  • can think independently
  • are curious, inquisitive and willing to take risks and try new things
  • are motivated and interested
  • are creative in their approach to learning
  • can communicate thoughts and ideas effectively and ask appropriate questions
  • are able to apply and transfer skills in a variety of contexts
  • understand how they learn best and take responsibility for this
  • are resilient and accepting of change
  • are organised

Confident individuals who….

  • are independent
  • are self-motivated
  • can understand the consequence of their own and others actions and can negotiate and compromise
  • form good working relationships with others
  • look after their own health and well being

Responsible citizens who…

  • are spiritually and morally aware
  • have appropriate manners and behaviour
  • show respect and tolerance for themselves and others
  • contribute positively in their community and are responsible to and for others in their community
  • are world aware
  • are culturally aware
  • are eco-friendly

The school addresses these aims through specific policies which guide the way the school operates and how the curriculum is delivered. Policies are available on the website or from the school office, should you wish to see them.


Teaching Organisation


Our curriculum is delivered through a yearly planning cycle.  The teaching staff plan their work half-termly, weekly and daily within the framework provided by their overview.  The children will be taught either as whole classes, groups or individuals according to the subject and the nature of the task they are undertaking.


During any school day there will be opportunities for a variety of stylesof teaching and learning, such as whole class teaching, group teaching, individual teaching, guided exploration and independent self-directed activities.  An external educational visit or enrichment activity in school may be planned as part of a theme or topic or alternatively visitors may be asked into school to speak to the children. We may also plan whole school theme weeks for examples in 2013 – 14 academic year we had a whole school Winter Olympic Week, Health, Safety and Science week, Chick Week and Roald Dahl Day.


National Curriculum


The school follows the 2014 National Curriculum. In common with all maintained schools in England we teach English, Maths, Science, ICT, Geography, History, PE, Art, Music, Design Technology and Religious Education.  These subjects form the National Curriculum and will be taught in an integrated manner or as separate subjects.  English, Maths, Science, RE and ICT are the five core subjects and therefore take up a considerable part of the school week.  Teacher assessments areconducted regularly and recorded, children’s progress is carefully monitored in the school.  In addition there are National Curriculum Assessments, tasks or tests, at the end of each Key Stage (i.e. at 7 years and 11 years).


The National Curriculum forms the basis for Curriculum planning throughout the school. The core subjects of Maths, English, Science and ICT are the main priority with the children gaining a good level of/sound basic knowledge and skills in all other subject areas. Our themed approach to curriculum planning aims to maximise cross-curricular links.


The children continue their learning in the Foundation Stage through the early learning goals with activities planned to meet each child’s educational needs. This prepares them for the National Curriculum usually when they begin Year 1, but may be sooner. The emphasis on individual needs continues throughout the school and is reflected in the School’s Policies.


Through the National Curriculum, the children are expected to acquire skills and knowledge and to develop into self-motivated learners. We aim to develop the whole child emotionally, socially, spiritually and academically. At the start of each term, parents are provided with a brief outline of the topics and areas of study that the children will be covering.


Careful assessments and records are kept of your child’s attainment and progress. Parents and guardiansare kept as fully informed as possible through parent evenings and the end of year annual report. Further information and appointments are provided as and when necessary. A copy of the school’s most recent National Assessment results with comparative national data can be found in the prospectus folder (see also our assessment guidelines).

Throughout the school, homework plays a developing role in supporting the children’s schoolwork and learning. We strongly encourage all children to read regularly at home each night, but at least three times a week.



Religious Education


Religious Education aims to develop the spiritual side of each child. Children develop knowledge and understanding of the Christian Faith whilst appreciating other religions within our society. Throughout their time at Eyres Monsell, the children’s learning focuses on finding out about aspects of Hinduism, Judaism and Islam as comparisons to Christianity. The children are encouraged to develop an attitude of caring, co-operation and appreciation of others. Religious Education is taught following the Leicester City Council Scheme of work. The school also follows a 3 year rolling programme to celebrate and investigate different festivals, this encourages tolerance and understanding of different cultures.




Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live. They are introduced to what is involved in understanding and interpreting the past and this helps them to establish their own ideas, beliefs and values and to form an understanding as to why the world is as it is. As well as developing knowledge of the past the children learn historical skills which help them understand and interpret historical information. The History curriculum is taught following a programme which includes first hand experiences provided by school visits and speakers which enrich the learning. Where appropriate, cross-curricular links such as ICT and drama help to consolidate the pupils’ understanding.


In Key Stage 1 children learn about events from beyond living memory e.g. Great Fire of London, first aeroplane flight to individuals and events in the past which hada significant influence.


In Key Stage 2 there is a general progression of chronological study from ancient civilisations such as Stone Age, Iron Age, Romans, Anglo Saxons etc to modern times. Children also develop an understanding of Britain’s past and study an aspect of British history.




Geography is taught through topics that focus on environmental issues, the study of places and the human and physical processes, which shape them and the people who live in them. Skills and knowledge are taught through first -hand experience wherever possible allowing children to develop appropriate fieldwork skills. There is a general progression of countries/ areas studied becoming further away from the UK as the children move through the school.





In Key Stage 2 the children are introduced to the French language through weekly lessons. Children are provided the opportunity to communicate for practical purposes and build a foundation for further study.


Environmental Learning


Developing a sense of social consciousness also forms an important part of our curriculum. We want all our pupils to become more aware of the impact they have on their environment and how they can protect it for generations to come.


Children have access to a nature area, gardening with our raised beds and children are encouraged to take an active role in environmental school activities such as recycling and composting. We also encourage healthy and sustainable lifestyles through initiatives such as walking to school.



Curriculum Overview


You can download the long term curriculum plan by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.



Curriculum Maps


Click on the links below to see what is taught in each year.

Foundation 1


Foundation 2


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Additional Information


For more information about the National Curriculum, click this link

For information regarding the curriculum changes, please see the link below.


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