Curriculum Overview

Our Ethos

Here at Leiston Primary School we provide a wide and varied curriculum with clear adaptation for the issues and needs which effect our pupils, school and local area. In January 2017 the school employed 'Loops of Learning' from The Learning Exchange as a tool to develop learning and teaching. ‘Loops of Learning’ is a way of perceiving the learning journey. It recognises that learning is a continuum rather than a set of discrete episodes and as such helps the children and the teacher recognise the inter-connectivity of the curriculum.‘Loops’ support the learners by making the learning journey highly visible. Children know why they are doing something, ‘We are doing this because…’, where the learning is going, who the learning is for, and how they can contribute to their own learning and the learning of others.


english loops of learning

Alongside this January 2017 also saw the beginning of a school development project to review the school's curriculum. This process has involved input from the school's Learning Council, teaching and non-teaching staff and parents were invited to comment and participate in the process. It is important to us that our Curriculum offer does not remain static and that it revolves around our pupils, evolving with their needs and the needs of the society in which they are growing up.


Early Years Provision

Starting with our Nursery provision, our pupils have access to a high quality environment, which was recently updated in February 2017. Our aim is that our pupils build a solid platform for learning which centers around language development and acquisition of social skills. As our pupils move into Reception they build on these skills whilst having access to a free flow outdoor environment, development of early Maths and English skills and an understanding of the wider world. One of the School Development projects for Autumn 2017 is to develop outdoor provision in our Reception area. Reception also sees the implementation of our phonics program from Read, Write Inc phonics. Children throughout the Reception and Year 1 classes receive targeted support with their understanding and application of phonics.

English and Mathematics 

We are very lucky to have three Mathematics Specialist Teachers at Leiston Primary School as of September 2017. We operate a practical ethos in Maths where pupils can investigate, link and apply the skills which they learn. This ethos begins in our Nursery provision with constant access to Maths resources and opportunities to become familiar with a range of concepts. 2016 saw the implementation of a Times Table recall programme from Year 3 and as a result our pupils are becoming more fluent in the recall and application of facts. Consequently we are seeing an increase in the number of pupils reaching the expected standard in Maths by the time they leave us.

End of Year Maths Expectations

As part of our school development, September 2017 will see the implementation of the Power of Reading Scheme which will involve a national research project in order to drive a love of reading and see this transpose into our pupil's writing. Further information on the project can be found here.

Progression in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 

Our  Wider Curriculum

From Year 1 our pupils have access to a varied curriculum based on the statutory expectations of the National Curriculum 2014, see link below. The curriculum in all year groups is enriched through out of classroom experiences, visitors and 'wow' learning opportunities. During the Spring Term of 2017 a whole school curriculum review was carried out in which all groups were involved in it's design (Pupils, Staff and Parents). You will see that each of the units are organised under a theme with an end goal in mind. This allows pupils to understand the direction of learning and the 'why' behind learning. The units of work are crafted to suit the needs of our pupils and can take inspiration from the local area and beyond. 

It is important to note that whilst this is the Long Term Plan for academic year 2017/2018 it may be subject to other opportunities such as The Tour of Britain which passes through Leiston in September 2017 or learning opportunities which may arise during the year to come. If you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher. You will also find more detail on the individual subject pages. 

Current Long Term Plans can also be found below. 

National Curriculum 2014



Long Term Plans 2018/2019



Reception/Year 1 

Year 2 and Year 3

Year 4 and Year 5

Year 6