• Please see our letter from Ofsted, following their positive visit to Stokesay Primary in December 2020
  • School closure Following the Government's announcement school will be closed for everyone on Tuesday 5th January, further information will follow as soon as possible.
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  • Please wear a face covering when dropping off or collecting your child from school. This is in addition to the social distancing of 2m between people from different households that is already in place. Thank you!

Curriculum Intent

At Stokesay Primary School, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are an extremely inclusive 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: 


1. Curriculum Planning and Progression: We have used Chris Quigley's "Essentials Curriculum" Milestones to ensure coverage and logical progression of all the subjects in the 2014 National Curriculum, in addition to using "Eurostars" for Primary French language teaching, PSHE association planning for PSHE (school is a member) and the Shropshire Agreed RE Syllabus (2019) for RE (see matrices below). 

2. Stokesay's local "Opportunities Curriculum": designed to address the needs of the pupils in our locality. These are the additional skills, knowledge, experiences, visits, visitors and special events that our staff, governors, parents and children believe are important for our children, to ensure they have a successful start on their education journey.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS DOCUMENT (subject specific planning, available in school, are cross referenced to this document)
Our aim is to ensure that all of our children, regardless of their background or starting points are afforded the same engaging learning opportunities to enhance their learning, in order to develop the vocabulary and language of our pupils, to instil a lifelong love of learning at an early age.  Visits, visitors and special events bring learning alive and embed this learning at a deeper level.  It is not the individual lessons that we remember in our later lives, it is the approach, the experiences and the feelings we had that help us retain and develop these skills and knowledge in later life. 

3. Our school values of:  Respect, Responsibility, Love, Teamwork, Empathy and Honesty are interwoven throughout these 2 parts of the curriculum.  We seek to develop independent and confident learners with skills to success in their lives.  We aim for these skills to become embedded though our curriculum (a mix of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences) and also through how our children and staff conduct themselves every day.
4.  Enhancements:  Special events, visits and visitors, as well as planned links to other subjects.
5. Support and Challenge: Our curriculum aims to support each child to make progress from their individual starting points.  We also challenge every pupil to achieve all they can, in every lesson. 



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.

The RE Curriculum is based on the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus, and for this, please click here.  For the Non Statutory Guidance Document that accompanies this syllabus, 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.



Reading is initially taught using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.   From Nursery onwards,  we teach 'Letters and Sounds' phases, using a variety of resources.  We do not, however, follow one specific published commercial scheme. n If you watch the video at the bottom of this page, you will see and hear a model of  how to pronounce the phonemes (units of sound) that we teach the children in school.  This may help you in supporting your child, though please do come to our phonics sessions or ask us for more information on this.


Early Readers:

Books are banded in EYFS and Key Stage 1 to enable the children to progress through the stages.  A mix of Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Pearson 'Phonics Bug' books, are used so that books given to younger readers are phonically decodable, matching their current levels of phonics/reading ability, to ensure clear progression for the children.  Children choose 1 book that they are interested in , and staff choose 1 book for them that is matched to their current phonics ability.    


Developing Readers:

We have invested in 'Accelerated Reader' for readers as they develop past phonically decodable books and into Key Stage 2.  This is a progressive reading scheme, linked to thousands of reading comprehension 'quizzes' online.  The children are matched to their current 'level' and choose books at this level.  They then take a 'quiz' online and move up the levels as they progress.  Our reading stock has been catalogued to match this, a new library created and additional reading resources purchased.



 If you wish to find our more, please follow this link for a handy guide for parents:


My advice though...first, ask the children what they are doing...and if unsure, please ask your child's class teacher.


Please check your child's planner (or ask them or their teacher for what their current AR 'number/level' is  if you wish to use the AR website yourselves to support reading at home (details on the link)


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.





(Many thanks to 'allsaintsprimary' for uploading the video below to Youtube:)