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Ofsted March 2023 - 'Pupils are thriving at this school'; 'It is an exciting time for pupils at Northleigh CofE Primary School'; 'Pupils help each other to be the best they can be'; 'Committed leaders have high aspirations and expectations for all pupils'; 'Reading is a high priority across school. Staff are passionate about pupils developing a love of reading.' We would love to show you around our school please phone the school office on 01684 574889 or email to arrange a date and time suitable for you.

Curriculum Information

The curriculum at Northleigh CE Primary School has been specically developed to enable the children within our school community to flourish and prepare them for learning and life, through providing a breadth of opportunities and depth of understanding.


Our curriculum is based on developing the crucial characteristics to enable the children to Be Brave (children show challenge and take risks, Be Strong (Children are focussed, engaged and purposeful) and to Be Fearless (Children are curious, ask questions and challenge). Pupils are given opportunities to develop these skills in all aspects of the curriculum and school life.


Starting in Early Years our curriculum has been designed to build on skills and knowledge as a child progresses through the school.


In our Early Years classes, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years (DFE) and use the supporting materials from Development Matters in the EYFS (Early Education).


In Key Stage 1 and 2, we use the National Curriculum to support our planning.  Further details of each year group can be found in the year group summaries attached to this page.


At Northleigh CE Primary School all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in the class, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENCo. We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Our inclusion statement emphasises the importance of providing an inclusive learning environment for all pupils including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found in our SEND Information Report and our Equalities Policy:




If you require more information about the curriculum please see our class pages or contact your child's class teacher.

Our Curriculum Overview Statement

Phonics and Early Reading


At Northleigh CE Primary School we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to ensure our children receive the best start with their reading. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.


When using the RWI programme to read the children will:


  • learn that sounds are represented by written letters
  • learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • learn how to blend sounds
  • learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.


When using the RWI programme to begin writing the children will:


  • learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds.
  • learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
  • write simple sentences


We use the same phonics programme across the school providing continuity and a vehicle for guaranteed progression.


Pupils are taught in ability groups in Year 1 and Year 2 thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level not their age. Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group.


Our Phonics leader is Mrs Hadley.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to ask.

Curriculum Summary Documents