Curriculum 2018-11-21T10:33:04+00:00

A World Class Curriculum

We strive to give our children the best. Through vibrant curriculum experiences, Eardisley CE Primary School aims to ensure that its children are equipped with the skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding they need to excel and successfully navigate the ever-changing demands of their world.

We also undertake to ensure that our children have a spiritual and moral framework through which to understand the values on which civilised societies operate.

Throughout our challenging curriculum we promote:

  • High expectations
  • Learning skills such as self- confidence, application and thinking for ourselves
  • High quality products and outcomes

We offer:

  • Meaningful and engaging curriculum experiences
  • Group and individual support
  • Opportunities for further personal investigation

More about the curriculum

The National Curriculum (see Parents & Community, Parent Letters) identifies five ‘core’ subjects that form a major part of the school’s teaching programme. These are English, Maths, Science, Religious Education and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In addition, there are ‘foundation’ subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology and Physical Education. These are generally taught as distinct subjects but wherever possible links are made between them so that children can see how aspects interrelate.

At Eardisley CE Primary School we follow the National Curriculum, but seek to educate more broadly and beyond its limits wherever possible, we offer Personal, Social and Health Education, Philosophy for Children, Global Education and whole-class and individual instrumental tuition. In addition, we offer a rich variety of opportunities for sport, drama and presentation.

Careful long and medium term planning by staff ensures that there is continuity and progression in the children’s learning and that work is appropriately differentiated for their needs.

The professional expertise of the staff at Eardisley CE Primary School is constantly developed through reflection and professional development opportunities. For the staff, as for their children, education is a continuous and life-long learning process.

Our Subjects in Detail.

English is given a high priority at Eardisley CE Primary School. We have daily literacy lessons as well as additional regular opportunities for reading, writing and researching across the curriculum. We follow  programmes called Letters and Sounds and Read, Write, Inc for the teaching of phonics, which gives children an essential framework to help them read and write. Alongside this, teachers plan extended English work for children based around a quality children’s text.

Speaking and Listening
These are the essential skills on which reading and writing are based. Many opportunities are provided for pupils to become discerning listeners and to articulate their thoughts and opinions successfully.

We recognise that parents are very keen to support their children in this important area of the curriculum. All pupils are given an Eardisley CE Primary School book bag and a reading diary, and are encouraged to take home books to share. A wide variety of reading material and teaching methods are used in school alongside the Read, Write, inc. programme. The reading diaries contain some excellent suggestions for how to help your child read at home.

Writing and spelling
The youngest children are encouraged to write even before they have learnt all the conventions. This inspires confidence and prepares them for the handwriting and spelling rules that are taught progressively as the children move through the school. Children are taught to write in a range of styles and for different audiences.

IMG_9619At Eardisley CE Primary School we aim for all children to have early success in reading and so we use a programme of synthetic phonics teaching called Read, Write, Inc. Phonics. Children learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting and spelling skills. They read lively storybooks and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they achieve early success in reading.

We strive to give our children a wide range of reading opportunities and children learn to read using a range of books including those from the Oxford Reading Tree, Sunshine and Read, Write Inc. all children are encouraged to read widely and to read for pleasure and each class has a well-stocked reading area. All pupils are given an Eardisley CE Primary School book bag and a reading diary, and are encouraged to take home books to share. The reading diaries contain some excellent suggestions for how parents can to help their children read at home.

In school we have a daily phonics lesson for the younger children, as well as reading activities, such as group, individual and paired reading too.

At Eardisley CE Primary School we aim to help each child attain an overall competence in each aspect of maths by ensuring they have a clear graspDSC02463 of the basic computational skills of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, and a developing understanding of more complex mathematical ideas. To achieve
this, great emphasis is placed on the use of practical activities and the modeling of processes by the teachers. Daily opportunity is given for children to develop their competence in mental arithmetic as well as written calculations. Problem-solving and investigation work are used to increase confidence and understanding.
The study of Science enables children to develop knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. We encourage them to observe, investigate, make sense of and communicate their findings, and to develop a systematic and logical way of planning and working.
REQM-Gold-LogoRE is taught in accordance with the Herefordshire Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Through RE we aim to enable children to be aware of, and respond to, experiences in life and the questions they raise. We want them to know about and understand religious beliefs and practices, and to evaluate their significance by being able to express personal opinions based on the use of appropriate evidence and argument.

RE is concerned with personal feelings and experiences, relationships, responses to life and the natural world, and understanding how religion contributes to these. Children will learn specifically about Christianity, Judaism and Islam, their writings, festivals, buildings and symbols.

If any parent wishes their child to be excluded from Religious Education, or assemblies, they should contact the Headteacher who will make alternative arrangements for their children during these times.

From the time they start school children are introduced to the key range of applications that computers can offer to their wider learning. These include design, word-processing, data handling and control. Classes all have a bank of laptops, enabling ICT to be used across the curriculum.
We try to make these subjects come to life through visits and visitors, and the use of primary as well as secondary resources particular emphasis inIMG_4146 these subjects is placed on research, organisation and presentational skills. These subjects both encourage an interest in the community, both past and present: children learn to recognise what human beings have in common, and to understand and respect other ways of life, thus preparing them to become informed, open-minded and responsible members of society.
Through art children can express themselves and their views of the world. Children are encouraged to observe closely a variety of objects and living things and to express their observations using a range of DSC03542tools, techniques and materials. As part of their art education, pupils study the work of famous artists in order to learn from the variety of ideas and styles they offer, and are encouraged to see relationships between art movements and other developments in time. Children are encouraged to see and use art as an important means of communication.
Through Design and Technology pupils are encouraged to use a variety of materials and methods to make artifacts and systems. They are taught how to evaluate manufactured as well as their own and each other’s products in terms of fitness for purpose and aesthetic appeal, and to develop a sense of pride in and enjoyment of their ability to design and make.
IMG_9738From the action songs of the youngest children to the more complex music making of the older children, music has a vital part to play in children’s education. Every child has the opportunity to experience and enjoy music through performance, composition, appreciation, participation and listening.

They are encouraged to see music as an important form of communication in daily life and different cultures, and to develop their own musical interests. Every child learns the Samba drums, violin, cornet, tin whistle or ukulele during their time in Beech class, and there are further opportunities to learn brass and woodwind instruments, piano and guitar through private tuition.  All the children in Willow Class currently enjoy the opportunity of weekly violin lessons.

At Eardisley CE Primary School all children learn to speak and understand French and discover about French culture and life. Through a progressive curriculum, taught by a specialist teacher, children develop a feeling for and an aptitude in, communicating in another language- another skill that stands them in good stead for their later years.
The school enjoys a strong reputation for the performing arts. Children are given many opportunities and support to pursue artistic activities, Drama lessons, assemblies, competitions and productions encourage the development of self expression, creativity, confidence and team work.

231838F48CChildren have a wide range of PE and sporting opportunities at Eardisley CE Primary School. These include gym, dance, athletics, outdoor co-operative games, field sports and swimming. There are also opportunities for developing sporting skills through after school clubs. Children benefit from a range of specialist teaching in this subject, including for swimming, tennis, and rugby. Our children enjoy regular fixtures with other schools and take part in numerous local tournaments.

Eardisley CE Primary School is a values-based school and these values underpin all that we do. Values Education enables children to discuss, explore and reflect upon those values we live by which make us thoughtful, caring and responsible citizens. We explore each value month by month during our assemblies and lessons. Through this our children develop an understanding of themselves and their behavior and are helped to realize how their actions affect others.
PSHE lessons give children the opportunity to discuss and develop their ’emotional literacy’: their understanding of themselves, their relationships, their emotions and their health. Through ‘circle time’ and activities, children are helped to understand, express and handle their feelings.

Sex and Relationships Education
The Governors agree that sex and relationships education should be taught as part of a general health education programme. Use is made of film and other material which overs aspects of sex and relationships education in a caring way. We hope that this input from school will help the children and encourage further discussion at home. If any parent swishes to withdraw their child from all or part of the programme, please contact the Heacteacher.

It is important that, across the curriculum, children develop a growingIMG_4105 understanding of global issues and are able to compare and contrast their own experiences and cultures with those across the world. The school is fortunate to be part of a British Council initiative, which enables us to have a strong link with Huwe School in Tanzania, through which children develop a close and meaningful understanding of a contrasting global culture. Children regularly raise money through their own initiatives to support Huwe School and staff take part in exchange and development visits.
Philosophy for Children is an exciting area of the curriculum that helps children to become reasonable, effective and independent thinkers, able to develop their own values. It encourages children to be motivated and intellectually stimulated and challenged by learning, and helps them to be unafraid of intellectual adventure. Through discussion and debate around meaningful issues they start to think of themselves as ‘Thinkers’.
At Eardisley CE Primary School we are proud to say we adopt a Forest Schools approach as part of our teaching and learning philosophy. This means that we run projects from our own grounds and our nearby forest site!

In enabling children to participate in the outdoor experience, we aim to :


  • encourage independence and team building
  • encourage exploration and experimentation through solving practical problems
  • foster an understanding of our connection to the natural world
  • develop a sense of achievement and well-being
  • develop a knowledge and appreciation of the environment
  • develop confidence in challenging situations
  • encourage self-assessment and self-management of risk
  • link these positive outdoor experiences with topic work in class
  • introduce new skills and ways of working which children may not have experienced before

Children love being outdoors and all the work we do outside is extra-special as a result! This kind of teaching is undertaken throughout all phases of the school, both in time specifically allocated to the subject and across the outdoor learning curriculum.

Sessions at Eardisley CE Primary School involve elements such as:IMG_0120

  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Orienteering and trail work
  • Shelters and camp craft
  • Local biodiversity
  • Education for sustainability

The outdoor learning environment we hope will inspire and nurture the children in a manner in which they can feel safe, happy and challenged.

 Special Education Needs

Please see Local Offer for SEN under Parents & Community/Important Information

Higher Achievers

At Eardisley CE Primary School we identify, track, challenge and promote the needs and achievements of the more able learner. It is our policy that provision is made within the classroom, through differentiated tasks, enabling them to cover objectives in greater depth, to a broader range and at a faster pace.

In addition, where appropriate we seek opportunities beyond the school, such as through clubs and specialist provisoin, to extend and challenge children appropriately.