The New Curriculum for Years 1 to 6.


The Curriculum

The curriculum at Thornbury is divided into manageable units. For identification and planning purposes it is divided into eight broad areas.

Creativity and problem solving are experienced across the year through a range of relevant curriculum areas and supported by the relevant National Curriculum programmes of study and Literacy and Numeracy Strategies. A particular focus is group work and thinking skills. The Every Child Matters Agenda is covered through a range of curriculum areas and involvement with other organisations.


Progression grids are provided below each subject to demonstrate how knowledge and skills are built upon as children progress through the curriculum. 



This is the umbrella of the curriculum. It encompasses speaking, and listening, reading and writing.

Children are taught Literacy every day.

This means that every day your child will be involved in a range of pre-planned tasks that will include daily reading, word and sentence skills, spelling, writing and analysis of text to look at punctuation and grammar.

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily through Phonics Bug, an interactive teaching programme. This links to one of our reading schemes called Bug Club, which enables us to match our early reading books to the phonemes being taught.

Link to Bug Club



Children carry out mathematical activities every day, these include computation, problem solving, mental agility and thematic work.


This is made up of physical science, environmental science and health education.



Computing is a constantly developing area of the curriculum in line with Government initiatives. Children are taught computing skills and encouraged to use them across the curriculum.


5.The Arts

Drama, dance, music, art, design, literature and poetry are carried out by all children. The ‘Arts’ are a particular feature of our school and we operate a number of extra activities outside the normal day to support this.


6.The Humanities

This encompasses history, geography and religious education.


Personal, social and moral education are an important part of our Curriculum alongside citizenship.

8.Physical Education

Children cover a range of activities. All children during the year are taught PE, Games, Dance. We also offer swimming to Years 4, 5 and 6, and often use specialist coaches in a variety of sports.


Children in KS2 study a Modern Foreign Language (French)