Teaching and Learning

Integrated Learning

Teachers in all year groups from Reception through to Year 6 deliver the relevant curriculum requirements - the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) in Reception and the National Curriculum (NC) in Year 1  -6 - through an integrated, thematic approach; providing a meaningful context for the development of children’s basic skills, knowledge and understanding. Where possible, without becoming contrived, all elements of the curriculum are addressed through the chosen ‘topic’, although at times it is more relevant to teach certain subjects in isolation, e.g. P.E. R.E. music, etc.

Mathematics and Phonics

Maths is taught as a discrete subject in Years 1 to 6 and children are ability grouped for this aspect of their learning across Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, Year 5 and Year 6. As a result of this organisation some children may be taught for maths by a different teacher, i.e. not their class teacher. Mathematical development in the Reception classes is integrated with other key areas of learning and children are taught for all aspects of the EYFS curriculum by their own class teacher.

In Reception children are taught phonics in two discrete 20 minute sessions every day, delivered by their own class teacher. In Years 1 and 2, phonics continues to be taught daily (twice a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday); children are ability grouped according to their phonological awareness and may go to a different teacher for this aspect of their learning. Phonics continues to be taught discretely in 20 minute session three times a week in Years 3 and 4, where the emphasis is upon spelling and the recognition of spelling patterns, rules and exceptions.

The school has developed its own phonic programme, based upon ‘Letters and Sounds’.  

Children are taught in single-age classes of up to 30 pupils, although they may work in mixed age groups for the teaching of maths and phonics (as detailed above).


As children join Church Langley Primary School for the very first time, they enter one of our Reception classes for their final year in the Foundation Stage of Learning. The curriculum consists of six key areas of learning:

  • Communication and Literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Physical Development
  • Knowledge
  • Creative Development
  • Personal and social education

During their time in Reception the emphasis is upon ‘learning through play’; children engage in a wealth of adult-directed tasks and child-initiated learning in both the indoor and outdoor learning environments. They participate in a wide range of hands-on, practical learning experiences, exploring and experimenting inside and out in all weathers; developing their sense of identity, confidence and autonomy whilst learning to collaborate with others.

The chosen topics for Reception children this academic year i.e. 2014-2015 are yet to be determined.

Year One (First year in Key Stage One – KS1)

As children enter Year 1 they continue to access a broad and balanced curriculum, but are taught according to the requirements of the National Curriculum according to their developmental ‘readiness’. The National Curriculum comprises the following subjects:

  • English (including Phonics)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Religious Education (R.E.)
  • Art
  • Design and Technology (D&T)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (P.E.)

Teachers deliver most aspects of the curriculum through a topic-based approach. The Year 1 topics for this academic year are yet to be determined.

Year Two (Final year in Key Stage One)

Children in Year 2 continue to access a broad and balanced curriculum consisting of all NC subjects, which will be delivered through topics yet to be agreed.

Towards the end of Year 2, in May, children participate in national tests known as SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) these are delivered and marked internally and form a natural part of normal classroom routines.

Year 3 (First year in Key Stage Two – KS2)

As children move into Year 3, their first year in KS2, they continue to access the NC in addition to which they begin to formally learn a Modern Foreign Language (MFL), which at Church Langley Primary School is French. The curriculum is still delivered through a cross-curricular, thematic approach.

Year 4

Teaching and Learning in Year 4 is organised as in Year 3. The chosen topics for this academic year are yet to be determined.

Year 5

As they enter Year 5, children are grouped according to ability for English as well as maths. Phonics is no longer taught as a discrete subject, but there is a significant focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children continue to access all elements of the NC through a topic-based approach to teaching and learning.

Year 6

In Year 6, as in Year 5, children are ability grouped for English as well as maths. They continue to access all NC subjects through a thematic approach to learning, but this is superseded during the second half of the spring term and the first half of the summer term by a ‘Booster Programme’ designed to ensure that all children are adequately prepared for the SATS tests (Standard Assessment Tests) in May. These tests operate identically to the exams taken in secondary schools, i.e. the papers are unseen and are externally marked. We feel it is imperative that children enter these tests relaxed and confident, as a result of the preparation undertaken during Year 6, in order to ‘perform’ to the very best of their individual ability.

All children throughout Years 3 to 6 participate in weekly French lessons.

All pupils in Years 1 – 6 engage in at least two P.E. sessions each week, one indoor lesson and one outside session.

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