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To view the full National Curriculum framework for Key Stages 1 to 4 including programmes of study and attainment targets, please click here 


To access a more user friendly overview of the National Curriculum for EYFS, please click here and for Years 1 - 6, please click here


Curriculum Overview

At Wilstead Primary School, we have endeavoured to construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life


Our Intent

Our intent is that Wilstead will have an inclusive, robust, broad and balanced curriculum offer taught by experienced and committed staff. All curriculum schemes focus on learning progression and are consistently ambitious and relevant for all of our learners. The curriculum will be complemented by wider opportunities which enhance children’s learning experiences, well-being and understanding of their local context.  We approach each learners' needs on an individual basis, ensuring that all learners, including those with SEND, have access to quality first practice led by a qualified teacher. 


The Implementation of our Curriculum

Over the course of study, teaching is designed to help learners to remember in the long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.  Teachers present subject matter clearly, promoting appropriate discussion about the subject matter they are teaching. They check learners’ understanding systematically, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. In doing so, they respond and adapt their teaching as necessary, without unnecessarily elaborate or differentiated approaches.

In implementing our school curriculum, our current foci have ensured that:

  • The school’s Reception class team is experienced and have embedded the changes from the revised EYFS Curriculum. Wilstead was an Early Adopter school and has taken part in a programme to develop a quality Continuous Provision model. 

  • All subjects now have a curriculum scheme, with new schemes identified and embedded in several subjects including Phonics, Maths and RSHE.

  • All subjects are now represented by a subject leader, with the core subjects being led by the most experienced teachers.  Leaders provide effective support, including for those teaching outside their main areas of expertise

  • CPD is focused on the role of the subject leader in ensuring that their curriculum is ambitious, inclusive, planned and sequenced. 

  • The Deputy Headteacher has been appointed to the role of Curriculum Leader in order to to support and hold to account all subject leads and to provide coaching and mentoring.

  • Teachers and leaders use assessment to help learners embed and use knowledge fluently or to check understanding and inform teaching. Monitoring and Assessment schedules are in place across the whole curriculum, with policies developed and Leaders given focus time to ensure that their responsibilities are met. 

  • Our local context and healthy living are promoted by our introduction of Forest School and by our commitment to outdoor learning philosophies.

  • The character building scheme ‘Commando Joe’s’ has been introduced across the school to focus on developing children’s confidence, resilience and empathy.


The Impact of our Curriculum

  • Learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve well.

  • Subject Leads are increasingly effective in their roles and are accountable for school standards by continuously assessing, evaluating and quality assuring the curriculum offer.

  • Evaluation of evidence by the school’s Improvement Officers, Judith Tinsley and Devinder Riat reports that good progress has been made.


For more information on the Intent, Implementation and Impact of individual curriculum areas, please see our Curriculum Handbook:

These documents give an overview of the progression from year to year in the subjects of English and Mathematics.  We hope that they will help to outline the objectives and domains of learning that the children will experience as they move through the school:

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum at Wilstead Primary School, please contact or talk to your class teacher.



In September 2020, Wilstead became a ReadWriteInc. School.  This is our whole school approach to teaching phonics, reading and spelling.


Here is a guide which will help parents and carers to understand what ReadWriteInc is and how to use it:

The link below takes you to the Parents Section of the ReadWriteInc website, where you can find many resources to support your child's learning alongside the teaching they have in school:

Reading Beyond ReadWriteInc.


Children at Wilstead continue to work within the ReadWrite Inc programme until they have secured all of their sounds and can use them to read and spell fluently and accurately. This varies for every child. Once we are absolutely sure that they are ready, children will progress to our colour banded Reading Scheme, where books are selected according to children's achievement levels. We decide which book level is suitable using a system called running records, which evaluates children's ability to decode and comprehend with fluency and confidence. The majority of children will move onto this by the end of Year 3. They will be placed on a level at which they are reading at 95%+ accuracy, in order to consolidate, practise and gain confidence whilst enjoying reading.


You can do much to support your child's reading progression! We teach reading skills at school for every age, providing challenge and developing specific skills such as inferring from a character's behaviour or recognising the author's intent. At home, we ask that you focus on practising reading skills and more importantly on enjoying reading. Your class teacher will be able to provide lots more information about this.

Class Curriculum Overviews


What does your child do at school each day?  Find an overview for your class below:

If you require more information about your child's class curriculum, please speak to the class teacher.


Information about what Reception are learning this half term can be found on your school Dojo.  Please talk to Miss Barrett or Miss Cordell if you have any questions about this.

Wellbeing at Wilstead


Raising children with positive mental health is a full time job for both school and home, and we hope that understanding how we teach it at Wilstead will help to support you in your conversations at home.  The slides below will give you an outline of how wellbeing and mental health is taught in our classrooms.


If you would like support, ideas or further information, please speak to or send an email to your class teacher.

Relationships and Health Education

Relationships and Health Education (RSHE) becam stutory in September 2020. The Department of Education has set out guidance about what they expect children to know by the time they leave primary education, but it is up to schools to decide how they will teach this.


Primary schools do not have to teach sex education beyond the biological and reproductive aspects of the Science curriculum. However, the Department for Education ‘continues to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils’.  At Wilstead, we follow this guidance.


We would like to reassure you that we have taught this subject for many years in primary education, and it is very carefully managed to ensure that it is age and stage appropriate. As parents, you teach your child important lessons about healthy relationships, how to look after themselves and how to stay safe. The new curriculum respects and values what you teach your child.


Like other schools, Wilstead has been teaching these topics for a number of years. As with other subjects, we work hard to make sure the lessons meet the needs of the children and are age appropriate. These topics are really important in helping children deal with current experiences and also to prepare them for the next stage of their education and ultimately for adult life.


In June 2021 we consulted with our parents to introduce the statutory changes and our chosen RHSE curriculum, which is called Kapow. This curriculum will be fully embedded in  Key Stage One and Two from September 2021. You can find curriculum overviews and other relevant documents in the section below. 

Religious Education

Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.


In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.  At Wilstead Primary School, we believe that these are essential skills and knowledge that all pupils need to be able to develop in order to play a full part in modern multicultural Britain.


Parents have a right to withdraw RE lessons by drawing on the 1996 Education Act, which states that a parent can request that for their child to be wholly or partly excused from religious education and religious worship in the school.  If you wish to do so, then please contact Nicola Webb ( and we will arrange a meeting to discuss your decision and to put in place a learning plan for your child to follow during these times.

Marvellous Me

We use Marvellous Me to celebrate our children's achievements. All children have a personal code so that their family and friends can share their good news! Please contact your child's teacher if you need your code issued again.

Year 6 Swimming Data July 2021

This data is incomplete due to the Coronavirus situation and being unable to complete expected review of competency.