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For details of our New Curriculum 2014 please view the policy document below.


Please see our KS1 and KS2 curriculum programme


Shaw Primary Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum that responds to the needs of the pupils and community served by the school. Our curriculum seeks to promote British values through explicit learning and teaching in subjects such as PSHE, RE and through class and school council meetings. These values including tolerance, respect, democracy and a sense of what it right and fair, are also taught implicitly through other areas of the curriculum. Regardless of gender, disability, race or religion, pupils at Shaw are Safe, Happy, Aiming high and Work together.

The Curriculum for pupils between the ages of 3 – 11 is based on:

  • The EYFS and the National Curriculum

  • Religious Education will follow the Thurrock SACRE Syllabus and will be taught weekly. During each academic year there is a one week in depth study of one of the world faiths.

  • An agreed programme of personal, social health and citizenship education for all children based on SEAL.


Pre-five Education and Key Stage One

  1. Work for pupils in the Nursery and Reception will be planned around the areas of learning and experience, and work towards the Early Learning Goals outlined in EYFS curriculum. It will also recognise the future requirements of Key Stage One part of the National Curriculum and the needs of individual children. [Please refer to the EYFS policy for further information.]

  2. Within Key Stage One, there is an emphasis on the core subjects of English and Mathematics. It is taught both discretely and through a cross curricular approach.

  3. Foundation subjects are mostly taught creatively as part of a whole school thematic approach. Breadth, balance and coverage is ensured through the progressive learning objectives stated in the National curriculum.

  4. Equality of access to all aspects of the curriculum is planned for all pupils, although the work of some pupils with special educational need (SEN) is guided by individual education plans (IEPs).

  5. Monitoring of work undertaken is carried out through:

    • The scrutiny of pupil’s work by the senior leadership team and subject leaders

    • Year group assessment and moderation meetings

    • Assessment tasks for the purpose of formative assessment are identified within planning and contribute to summative assessments communicated to parents and the receiving teacher


Key Stage Two

  1. Within the Key Stage an emphasis of time is placed on the delivery and application of the core subjects of English and Mathematics in all Foundation subjects.

  2. Work for each subject follow National Curriculum guidelines

  3. Foundation subjects are mostly taught through a cross curricular whole school thematic approach. Pupils in this each key stage study the same topic each term.

  4. In all areas efforts are made to ensure staff and pupil awareness of Health and Safety issues, which are further developed in the school’s Health and Safety Policy

  5. Equality of access to the curriculum is ensured through the Equal Opportunities Policy, Additional Education Plans and joint long and medium term planning. Access is monitored through moderation and scrutiny of work.

  6. Children are encouraged to follow up school work at home and to engage in simple research to support work in school. 

Curriculum Rationale


The Early Years curriculum is based on a two year rolling programme that includes a range of topics to give structure to planning and resources.  Within these topics, pupil interests are noted and acted upon.  Individual pupils have the opportunity to share their interests through ‘Show and tell’ activities and where these obviously engage a number of other pupils they are included in curriculum planning as a means of engaging all learners.  Where an individual presents as ‘hard to reach’ in terms of engagement in learning, planning is adapted to meet their individual needs and interests wherever possible.  In addition, parents are encouraged to share what their children do at home including particular things that interest them.  As above, these are included in curriculum planning wherever possible. 

General Early Years practice is planned in line with ‘Good Practice’ guidelines and supports the concept of continuous provision, free-flow, outdoor learning and a predominately child led learning environment.  Adult led session ensure learning and teaching that is age appropriate and ensures at least expected progress from starting points.  All learning opportunities are designed to ensure that the majority of pupils leave the Early Years with a Good Level of Development.  


Year 1

Year 1 pupils follow the ‘Early Excellence’ programme of study.  The practice is based on research that shows pupils are better prepared for more formal learning structures at 7 years old if they take part in child-led enquiry based learning during year 1 as they transition from Reception to Year 2.  In a similar style to Early Years practice, pupils are engaged in learning by taking account of their interests in terms of what they want to learn.  Planning for learning is based on the Year 1 National Curriculum Expectations to ensure age appropriate outcomes but classroom structures and organisation support a child led approach to achieving these outcomes.  Resources are prepared to support continuous provision, including outdoor learning and an element of free-flow.  Adult led tasks and focussed observations ensure that pupils are closely tracked and monitored in terms of progress and attainment.  Pupil engagement with a wide range of activities is also monitored to ensure pupils are not developing gaps in their learning as a result of their personal preference in terms of what they ‘like to do’. This practice responds to the principle that children will learn best when they are, enthused and engaged; committed and challenged; collaborative and expressive; imaginative and creative. This is achieved when the curriculum and planning connects with children’s interests; has breadth and balance; is vibrant and memorable is enquiry / play / discovery based.


Year 2 and Key Stage 2

Year 2 and Key Stage 2 following rolling programmes of study; a 2 year programme in Year 2 and a 4 year programme in Key Stage 2.  The programmes are topic based and topics are driven by the National Curriculum. In the main, the topics come from the History and Geography programme of study.  While some subjects, including Science, Maths, Computing and PSHE are taught discretely to ensure age appropriate content and progression, a cross-curricular approach is adopted wherever possible.  This organisation has been created to ensure rich learning experiences that include objectives from many subject areas and leads to increased opportunities to cover a broad range of learning in a well-planned timetable.  The rationale is based on the community we serve which has high levels of deprivation leading to limited experiences for children in their home lives.  Our rich curriculum takes account of this by including engaging and motivational planning, extensive use of visitors and educational trips.  Planning is undertaken in whole Key Stage teams to guarantee that all pupils benefit from the creative and purposeful ideas of all staff. 


General Curriculum Planning

Regardless of year group or Key Stage all curriculum planning takes account of and promotes British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development.  High standards are expected in terms of developing and applying core skills across the curriculum and this is monitored and improved regularly as a result of clear monitoring cycle which includes, termly monitoring of planning and pupil outcomes; termly pupil perception surveys; termly  ‘One to one monitoring’ and weekly use of the ‘application Checklist’.   


Those with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs have full access to the curriculum and adjustments are made to meet the needs of these and all other pupils where necessary.  We hold Flagship status for the Inclusion Quality Mark as a result of our fully inclusive curriculum.  Pupils at our school take part in learning that is engaging and enriching, lesson planning promotes deep learning and British values as a means of ensuring that they leave us not only prepared for the next stage in their education but for life in modern Britain.

If you would like some more information about our Curriculum please see your Child's Class Teacher or Miss Arnott the Deputy Headteacher.