Our Curriculum

Children move into Key Stage One in the September following their fifth birthday. The transition from the Early Years play based curriculum is carefully managed and planned in order to cater for the needs of all children.

Our classrooms continue to provide opportunities for learning through role play and exploration whilst moving towards a more formal structure for learning. Daily phonics continue throughout Key Stage One and there is a specific emphasis on Numeracy and English in the mornings.

Towards the end of the year learning is more formalised. Children continue to study the subjects of the National Curriculum in preparation for their end of Key Stage assessments.



Here are Saxilby we use the Read, Write Inc Phonics Program to teach children phonics. Read Write Inc. Phonics is used by over a quarter of the UK’s primary schools. It is a comprehensive literacy programme, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly. Ruth Miskin developed the programme during her time as a headteacher. All schools need to adopt a consistent whole-school approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling. Fidelity to the teaching programme, rigorous assessment, tracking and one-to-one tutoring ensure that schools guarantee progress for every child.

For information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read go to: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

The New National Curriculum

In September 2014, a new National Curriculum became statutory at Saxilby and in schools throughout the country. As in all schools, we have been able to decide what is taught in which year in some subjects, although all aspects of the curriculum should be covered by the time the children leave us in Year Six. However the requirements of what is to be taught in Reading, Writing and Maths in each year are non-negotiable. The attached leaflets give the overview of what is to be covered, and show the progression from year to year, as well as the high expectations of the new curriculum.


The New Primary National Curriculum

Expectations for Year 1 leaflet

Expectations for Year 2 leaflet

Parents Guide to the New National Curriculum for Year 1

Parents Guide to the New National Curriculum for Year 2

Fluency in Maths – 2015

Mathematical Vocabulary

Addition Years 1-3

Addition Years 4-6

Subtraction Years 1-3

Subtraction Years 4-6

Multiplication Years 1-3

Multiplication Years 4-6

Division Years 1-3

Division Years 4-6

Early Number Workshop

Year 1 and 2 Newsletter – 3rd September

We are very excited about the forthcoming term and have lots of exciting learning planned for the children. We will be writing a newsletter for you each Friday to keep you informed about the coming weeks but please do come and speak to staff about any worries or concerns you may have. We will be... Read more »

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Key Stage 1 had an amazing time visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The children really enjoyed seeing some of the animals they have been learning about in their ‘On Safari’ topic. A particular favourite of the children’s were the lions, zebras and giraffes. The children also took part in a workshop in which they learnt about... Read more »

Florence Nightingale Projects!

Florence Nightingale Projects! Last term the children learnt about the real life superhero Florence Nightingale. The children really enjoyed learning about her work during the Crimean War and were interested to learn how she had made a positive impact on hospital conditions today. Teachers set the children a homework task to create a project based... Read more »

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