Curriculum Overview

The curriculum in our school is designed the meet he needs of the learners in both schools in the North Wolds Federation. We work hard to ensure that our curriculum is relevant and irresistible for our learners.

As a Local Authority Maintained School we have to follow the 2014 National Curriculum however we have supplemented and enhanced this. The others pages in this section gives more specific information regarding each subject we teach.

Below you will find a copy of the 2014 National Curriculum and a copy of our Subject Map by year group. Please contact us if you would like to know anything more regarding our curriculum.

2014 National Curriculum pdf

Subjects by Year Group Overview

Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation stage is the statutory framework for childrens development from birth to the end of their first (reception) year in school. It is based on four important principles,

1: A Unique child. This recognises that every child is individual and a competent learner from birth.

2: Positive Relationships. This identifies that in order for children to be strong, independent learners they need to feel loved and form secure relationships with both parents and teachers.

3: Enabling Environment, this recognises that the environment in which the children learn plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens development and learning.

4: Learning and Development, this recognises that every child develops and learns in different ways and at different rates.


The curriculum is divided into six areas of learning. These are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Problem Solving Reasoning and Numeracy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development and Creative Development, each of which are taught through cross curricular, play based learning experiences and all are equally important.

In order for all these themes to be successful the children at Nettleton Community Primary School are regularly observed through a range of formats to ensure the next step of learning is successfully planned for. These include spontaneous observations those light bulb moments when a child shares something they know, focussed observations when a child is observed in their play with or without an area of learning in mind, and through the use of photographs and video recordings.


In our school we are absolutely committed to ensuring that all of our children leave us having high levels of Literacy.

We teach English the 2014 National Curriculum on a daily basis through the themes of the International Primary Curriculum.

Within the Subject of English we teach the children:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Phonics and or Spelling
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Handwriting

Homework is set in English on a weekly basis to enable children to consolidate their learning at home.

Our children are assessed in English every half term to ensure they are making good progress. If they are not we take action, intervention, to catch them up.

Information about what your child will learn in English each year can be found in the Inspiring Curriculum Newsletter.


We believe that one of our most important jobs in school is to ensure all children and read and develop a love of reading.

In January 2019 we completely changed the way we teach reading to ensure that more time was spent teaching reading following an evidenced based approach. Now:

Children in Year One have daily shared reading.

Children in Years Two to Six have daily reading lessons of at least 30 minutes based on the different skills needed to be able to be a confident, fluent reader.  The different skills we teach include:

  • Retrieval of specific information
  • Word knowledge and word choice
  • Deductive reasoning and inference
  • Answering comprehension question using the Answer, Prove and Explain strategy. (APE)

We use a wide range of texts to engage, motivate and enthuse learners.

This is our weekly reading cycle.

For children who find it more challenging to read we blend evidence based intervention strategies into their curriculum, for example “Switched on Reading” or “Project X.”

Alongside daily reading lessons our children have access to our own wide range of books (fiction and non fiction) and our stage reading books  to develop their fluency in reading and to develop a love of books and reading.


We teach phonics in Class One (Reception, Year One and Year Two) however if your child has not made enough progress we will continue their phonics teaching into Key Stage Two.

We follow the "Letters and Sounds" guidance for phonics. The scheme is split into six phases.

At the end of Reception we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 3.

At the end of Year One we would expect most children to be secure in Phase 5.

At the end of Year Two we would expeect most children to be secure in Phase 6.

In the summer term of Year One children will undertake a national phonic screening tests to ensure they are meeting expected milestones. Children who don't meet the required standard will be retested in the summer of Year Two.


Maths is key in the world beyond school so we have strong emphasis on all of the different strands of mathematics to ensure children leave us numerate and ready for Secondary School.

We teach Maths, following the 2014 National Curriculum, on a daily basis through the themes of the International Primary Curriculum.

Within the subject of Maths we teach the children:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Number and Fractions
  • Number Addition and Subtraction
  • Number Division and Multiplication
  • Measurements
  • Geometry Position and Direction
  • Geometry Property of Shape
  • Statistics
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Algebra


Problem solving and reasoning skills are taught throughout all of the above.

Homework is set in Maths on a weekly basis to enable children to consolidate their learning at home.

Our children are assessed in Maths every half term to ensure they are making good progress. If we find a child is not making good progress we give them extra help to catch them up.

Information about what your child will learn in Maths each year can be found in the Inspiring Curriculum Newsletter.



In Religious Education we follow the agreed syllabus for Lincolnshire Schools. Through this syllabus we explore and study all world faiths and religions with aim to promote understanding of how people can be similar and different, tolerance and respect.

Throughout their school life children will get the opportunity to visit different places of worship and meet visitors of faith.

Parents can choose for their children to opt out of Religious Education. If this is something you would like to discuss please make an appointment to speak to the Executive Head teacher or Head of School.

Our Federation Map for R.E is attached below.

R.E Federation Map.pdf


International Primary Curriculum

As a Federation we teach using the International Primary Curriculum which provides our pupils with a wide range of stimulating topic based learning opportunities. All topic themes are cross-curricular and are introduced through class ‘wow’ days which our children have greatly enjoyed. At the end of our topics the children have an exciting exit day that recaps all of the learning that has taken place.

Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.

The topics that the children study create an interesting and enthusiastic ‘buzz’ around the school, with wonderful displays reflecting some of the fantastic topic related work that the children have produced.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) provides coverage for the foundation subjects of:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Music

The document below outlines the topics that have been chosen. We haev also included a link to the IPC website so you can learn more about how it works.

International Primary Curriculum Map Federation pdf


We want children to be intrigued by the world around them to develop a love of finding things out, for themselves, through investigation.

By teaching the children to think, work and communicate in a scientific manner children we feel they will become competent Scientists with an enquiring mind.

The document below outlines the areas of Science the children will study in their seven years with us alongside the skills they will learn and develop.

Science Map Federation pdf


We know that is is imperative that children, in this digital age, are able to use and program different forms of technology to ready themselves for life and work in the future. We do this through teaching a fully contextualised computing scheme of work.

Perhaps more importantly we teach children, from the age of 4, how to keep themselves safe in a digital world. We ensure that children leave us knowledgeable about the benefits of, but also the risks of, new technology.

Below is attached our Curriculum Map for Computing.

Computing Map Federation pdf

Physical Education

We believe that it is important that children develop a love of physical exercise from an early age to develop good habits for their future. All children take part in a significant amount of P.E each week. Children learn to swim from Reception onwards.

We ensure children have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport. Children enjoy attending local competitions including netball, multi skills and hockey.

A map of the P.E curriculum is attached below.

P.E and Games Map pdf


As a Federation we decided to teach our learners one language throughout school. The chosen language is French. Children are taught to speak, read, write and understand this language from Reception. We employ a French specialist to ensure the language is taught to the highest quality.

The map below outlines the French curriculum.

French Map Federation pdf


To develop healthy lifestyles and wellbeing we teach children cooking throughout their school lives.  This scheme of work has designed to ensure that children have a progression of skills as they progress through school and meet the requirement of the 2014 National Curriculum.

Cooking Map Federation pdf


Music is a very important subject as it allows children to express themselves in different ways. Music is taught as a lesson on a weekly basis however we take many different opportunities to enjoy and promote music throughout the curriculum and assembly.

In addition to music lessons children can opt to have tuition, provided by the Local Authority at a cost, in a number of different instruments.

If you are interested in this please ask. If your child is entitled to means tested Free School Meals there may be a reduction in the cost.

Attached below is the Music plan for our Federation.

Music Map Federation pdf


We teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) through a high quality scheme called Jigsaw. Jigsaw was approved by the Governing Body after an extensive consultation with staff, pupils and parents. The units that are covered each year include:

Being Me

Celebrating Differences

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me

These themes are threaded through Collective Worship and other curriculum subjects to ensure PSHE is not considered in isolation.

The units "Relationships" and "Changing Me" cover Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) in an age appropriate way. We write to parents each year to inform them what aspect of SRE we will cover to enable them to make an informed choice about participation.

More information about Jigsaw can be found at

Another vehicle for teaching important aspects of PSHE & Citizenship will be through the School Council. Every class will elect two council members to represent their interests when a school council is in progress. This gives the children a voice and an active role in making the school a better place.


Extra Curricular Activities

We offer a whole host of extra curricular activites to supplement the National Curriculum.  We normally have around 5 clubs running each week.  A selection of some of the ones we have run in the recent past are listed below.

  • Craft Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Recorder Club
  • Computer Club
  • Art Club
  • Film Club

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Nettleton Community Primary School
Moortown Road
T: (01472) 851455

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