Curriculum Drivers

We believe that our children deserve and need us to provide more than just the National Curriculum. Life has so much more to offer and our children have so much more to learn and experience. With this in mind we worked to prioritise the things we wanted our children to experience during their time with us and below is the document which outlines our aspirations. We use these six 'drivers' to underpin the development work we undertake in all areas of school life and to ensure our curriculum offer is enriched and personalised to our children and their families.

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At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we believe that children should develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.

The aim for our English curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding;

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions of reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

Phonics and Early Reading


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is of the highest priority.

We use the Department of Education approved document ‘Letters and Sounds’ for our teaching of phonics. This allows our phonics teaching and learning to be progressive from Reception up to Year 2. When children begin in Reception they are introduced to Phase 2 which marks the start of systematic phonics work. They have discrete, daily phonics sessions where they revise previous learning, are taught new graphemes/phonemes, practise together and apply what they have learnt. Through Letters and Sounds, the children are taught the 44 phonemes that make up all the sounds required for reading and spelling. These phonemes include those made by a single letter as well as digraphs (two letters that make one sound), trigraphs (three letters that make one sound) and split digraphs.  Children work through the different phases and as they grow in confidence and experience, they are introduced to alternative ways of representing the same sound.

Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. Children can then focus on developing fluency and comprehension throughout the school. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1.



The sequence of reading books show a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched to our Letters and Sounds programme, meaning that the book a child is expected to read matches the phoneme correspondences which they know. Children re-read these books to encourage fluency. Along with these phonetically decodable books, children also take home a book simply to enjoy. It is through sharing books that children’s vocabulary is broadened, cultural capital is built and a love of reading is nurtured.  When teachers feel a child is ready, they are introduced to other reading books which build upon decoding skills but also develop a repertoire of further reading strategies such as sight recognition, knowledge of grammar and picture cues. 

Every class has a dedicated whole class Guided Reading session which is informal in Reception and Year 1, gradually becoming more focused around identified reading objectives as they proceed through the school. The aim is for all children to benefit from exposure to a broad range of quality texts both to expand their knowledge of the world and their vocabulary so that no child is disadvantaged, irrespective of their starting points. Reading lessons are structured to cover skills including inference, prediction, retrieval, explanation and summarising. Importantly, every class enjoys a daily story session of 20 minutes where an adult models reading aloud including characterisation, modulation and fluency.


Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) 

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor a child’s independent reading practice. Children choose a book that falls within their ZPD level and when they have finished reading, they take a short quiz on a computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood what has been read. If they are reading at the recommended level for them, then most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace.

Star Reading Test

Your child will have already completed a Star Reading Test. Star Reading is an online assessment used to determine a child’s English reading level. It is a computer-based reading assessment program that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to each child’s responses. If the response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If they cannot answer a question, or answer incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

What is a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development)? 

A ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Each child will receive a ZPD after taking a Star Reading test. It is important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPD. 

How can I help my child using AR? 

As with anything, reading and understanding the English language improves with practice. According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day and achieve a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Encourage your child to read at home, discuss books, and ask questions about what they have read.

What are Interest levels & points? 

Every book that has an AR quiz is assigned an Interest Level to identify which age group a book is appropriate for, based on the content and themes within the book. Each AR quizzed book also has a point value calculated to denote the length & time of the reading experience.

Interest Level


LY—Lower Years

5 - 8 years

MY—Middle Years

9 - 13 years

AR points are based on the length of the book (number of words). Pupils earn a percentage of points according to how well they pass the quiz.


This year we have adopted The Write Stuff by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing.  The Write Stuff follows a method called "Sentence Stacking" which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together chronologically and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.  An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken into 3 learning chunks. Each learning chunk has three sections:

Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.

Model section – the teacher models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.

Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.

Children are challenged to ‘Deepen the Moment’ which requires them to independently draw upon previously learnt skills and apply them to their writing during that chunk.



We believe that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Please find below the Long Term Plans for mathematics in each class:


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 

Please find below the school's overview for Science:


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we ensure that we inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Please find below the school's overview for Geography:


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we give our children a high-quality History education which helps them gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past, which equips children to ask questions and think critically, helping children to understand people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity.

Please find below the school's overview for History:


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Please find below the school's overview for Art:

Art Gallery

Design and Technology

At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, Design and Technology (DT) is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other subjects such as mathematics, science, computing and art.

Please find below the school's overview for Design and Technology:


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we ensure that a high-quality computing education equips the children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Our children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, children will be equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing will also ensure that children become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.

Please find below the school's overview for Computing:

Physical Education

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Please find below the school's overview for Physical Education:


At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we believe that music is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together feeling and intellect, enabling personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music is an integral part of culture, past and present, and helps pupils understand the importance of the development of musical styles throughout history. 

Please find below the school's overview for Music:

Religious Education

At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, our curriculum intent for R.E reflects the purpose and aims of the National Curriculum by provoking challenging questions about; meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In R.E, children learn about religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts. They are encouraged to evaluate different sources and develop their own ideas, while at the same time respecting the rights of others to differ.

Please find below the school's overview for Religious Education:

British Values

At High Littleton Primary School, we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty as well as the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Please click to read more about our British Values Policy.

Personal, Social and Health Education

At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we use a scheme called Jigsaw, which is the mindful approach to PSHE and includes statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education with a strong focus on emotional and mental health and well being. Please find below an overview of what each year group will be taught.

Personal Development

Please find below an overview of the schools planning for personal development for 2020-2021.

Resources for you and your child

We have put together a list of learning fact sheets for parents which give valuable information for when you want to help your child with homework or other aspects of their learning.

Here are some fun websites that you may enjoy and find helpful to use with your child (mainly for Owl and Hedgehog's):

Robert Smith has collected a wealth of visual resources over ten years in his career as a primary school teacher and has designed a website called ‘The Literacy Shed’ with the aim of providing high quality resources for schools to use. We are fortunate to have our own ‘Literacy Shed’ on the website showcasing our work.

The school has recently subscribed to ‘Purple Mash’, an online space for children to use technology creatively. The website contains a wide variety of games and activities which support the new curriculum for Computing and other subjects. The children will be using this website as part of their Computing sessions in school, but is also accessible at home with their own individual log-in that they have been given. Many of the activities are also compatible with tablets. This means the children will be able to access work done in school from home and vice versa. To access the website at home, please follow these steps:

Go to Log in using the details on your child’s individual login card.