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At Marion Richardson all our children will study the 2014 National Curriculum for both core and foundation stage subjects.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children will experience the seven areas of learning that are required: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design

These areas underpin the organisation of the learning environment; the activities provided for children and the monitoring of children’s’ progress and development.

In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, children are taught all the elements of the newly required syllabus of the 2014 National Curriculum for both core (English, Maths and Science) and foundation subjects (history, geography, music, art, physical education (PE), design technology and religious education).

At Marion Richardson we teach units from the International Primary Curriculum. This is a cross-curricular, thematic approach, consistent with recognised good practice. In our curriculum planning we always endeavour to ensure that activities are matched to the individual needs, development and ability of the children. In our curriculum planning we always endeavour to ensure that activities are matched to the individual needs, development and ability of the children. 

Details of the units taught are contained within our curriculum overviews:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

International Primary Curriculum overviews for each half term are published on year group pages of the website. These detail the content of the International Primary Curriculum.

Please also note the following: 

  • Parents have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. Parents are requested to write to the Headteacher to request that a child does not take part in Religious Education lessons. Children would still take part in daily assembly but not the part that is concerned with a corporate Act of Worship. Parents are also entitled to withdraw their child from Sex Education but not the part of this that is covered by the Science Curriculum. Parents should again put this request in writing to the Headteacher.
  • The swimming programmes of study are covered in this school at Year 5, as the children visit the local swimming pool to do this.

Teaching Methods 

Teachers in each year group plan meticulously to meet the needs of your child and to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum.  Teachers may work with their own class or they may work with children from the whole year group.  There are times when an individual child or a small group of children may work with a teacher or learning support assistant away from the classroom.

Often a teacher with a particular expertise, e.g. mathematics, music, P.E., science and dance will take another teacher’s class for a specific lesson.

On some days you will find children from one class working on different activities at the same time, equally you will see formal whole class teaching taking place.  The key to which method is used in our school is a combination of the needs of the children and the requirements of the subject being taught. We will always attempt to match our teaching to the learning styles of our pupils. Sometimes pupils are set by ability. The pupils cover the same syllabus but the work covered is closely matched to the ability of the children.

Literacy and Numeracy 

All children have a daily Numeracy and Literacy lesson. Maths and English are also taught through other subjects as part of our cross curricular topics. 

Our approach to the teaching of reading is through group guided reading in class but there are also individual programmes for children who have not yet achieved at least an average standard in reading. Phonics is formally taught in small groups (see section on teaching of reading and phonics). All children are taught spelling as a weekly activity. The school has an agreed approach to the teaching of writing known as ‘guided writing.’

Information Technology 

The school has a computer suite with at least one computer per child for class lessons. There are also computers around the school and at least one computer in each classroom. Computers are used to teach computer skills but also to enhance learning across the curriculum. Children have class lessons to be taught computer skills but also apply those skills in other subject areas.

Information technology also facilitates children using many other items of equipment such as cameras, visualisers, recording equipment and sound equipment.  In the summer the school intends to introduce a new scheme of work called “Rising Stars”.


Children’s progress is assessed against attainment targets and will be formally reported to parents in Parent Consultation meetings during the year and one detailed written report. Informal consultations may take place at other times. 

More information on our approaches can be found on the assessment page. Please click here.

Enriching and Extending Learning

In addition to the compulsory National Curriculum Programmes of Study, the school has a comprehensive programme of enrichment activities. These include 

  • Residential trips to Gorsefield
  • A programme of day trips, visits and visitors in every year group
  • A large selection of clubs both before and after school
  • Small group musical instrument lessons
  • Cycle training and first aid training in Year 6
  • Themed days such as world book day
  • Competitive sporting events
  • Inclusive inter school sports days