Curriculum Statement

Shilbottle Primary Curriculum statement


Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.


Children in the Early Years (Reception & Pre-Reception) follow the national strategy for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). There is a big emphasis on outdoor play and learning in both Reception and Pre-Reception which is greatly enhanced with regular visits to our local outdoor space.


Children in Key Stages One and Two (Years 1 – 6) follow the National Curriculum in all subjects.  We follow a creative approach, which allows us to adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our children and increases flexibility to respond to local, national and international events. 


The content of our Religious Education provision is in line with the Northumberland  agreed syllabus and outlined in the school’s RE policy. A parent’s right to request that their child is withdrawn from RE and identified aspects of sex education is respected by the Governing body.


To deliver the curriculum teachers employ a variety of teaching methods and styles. Pupils are taught as a whole class, in small groups, and as individuals depending on the needs of the pupil and the learning intention of the lesson.  Similarly, pupils may be grouped by ability, friendship, interest, age, or placed in mixed ability groups, depending on what is being taught.  This variety of approach allows the teacher to match curriculum based tasks to the ability and interest of individual pupils.  We use Read Write Inc as our Phonic Scheme within Year One.