Curriculum for pupils aged 5 to 9 (Year groups 1 to 4)

At Shillington Lower we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates and motivates children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.

We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE (2014).

More information about the National  Curriculum can be found here;

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This National Curriculum comprises of:

English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Religious Education; the teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus 2012 - 2018.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is also a feature of the curriculum at Shillington Lower, reinforcing the importance of health and wellbeing, relationships, living in the wider world and values.

At Shillington Lower School we recognise the importance of English and Maths teaching in order to open up other areas of the curriculum and therefore a large emphasis is placed on these areas. In addition to regular maths and English sessions teachers try to make as many cross curricular links as possible in order to utilise these skills in a range of contexts.

Letters and Sounds’ is used to teach phonics.

We have worked with local lower schools and Robert Bloomfield Academy to create a Calculation Policy aligned to the National Curriculum to encourage a consistent approach to the teaching of calculation. This can be downloaded by clicking on the link; Calculation Policy. This policy was reviewed and updated in March 2017.

Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may sometimes be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks.

French is taught to children in Years 3 and 4.

Our programme of curriculum coverage and delivery is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.

Annual parent information sessions for phonics and calculation are held in the autumn term.

Parents are informed of the areas their child will be taught through a curriculum overview which is issued to each class at the beginning of every half-term/term. This includes a summary of the topic to be studied.

Click on the links below for Shillington Lower school curriculum maps:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4


Click on the links below for National Curriculum guidance and age-related expectations for each year group.

Year 1 National Curriculum Overview

Year 2 National Curriculum Overview

Year 3 National Curriculum Overview

Year 4 National Curriculum Overview


Curriculum for pupils in Foundation Stage (Rainbows)

In Rainbow class we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document sets the standard that all early years providers must meet. The curriculum builds on what children already know and gives them the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future learning and progress.

The children learn through a variety of adult led and child initiated activities. Activities give lots of practical, hands-on experience both indoors and outside. The curriculum is structured to ensure that children are ready for the transition to Year 1.

Letters and Sounds’ is primarily used to teach phonics.


 Click here for the Reception Curriculum overview and topics



Curriculum Enrichment

From time to time we have special theme days or weeks to enhance the curriculum, for example waste week, eco day, world book day, World War 1 enrichment day, Democracy Day. They are great fun but also enable children to apply a broad range of skills learnt in other lessons. We endeavour to include WOW opportunities to motivate and stimulate the curriculum where possible involving visiting speakers/activities, trips out, residential trips, clubs.


The Inspiring Music Service offers tuition to pupils who wish to learn to play a musical instrument. Some individual and small group lessons provided by the 'Inspire music' service are available in school each week. There is a cost for the lessons. Currently we have children learning the cello.