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In the Early Years and Foundation Stage we follow the the principles of how a child learns and develops in the early years foundation stage. This following document from the Department of Education explains this very well.

At Brookside we are currently developing our curriculum to ensure that progression and experiences are interlinked so that children progress through the curriculum effectively. 


Some Key Points:


  • The English curriculum has a greater emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as developing vocabulary, right from key stage 1.
  • There is a greater emphasis on spoken English and pupils will learn debating and presenting skills from a young age.
  • Phonics are taught from Early Years and there is a Phonics Tests at the end of Year 1. See below for a Phonics overview.



  • The mathematics curriculum involves more rote learning of concepts such as simple and more complicated sums, and mental arithmetic. 
  • By the end of year 1, pupils will be expected to learn to count up to 100 and learn number bonds up to 20. They will also learn to read and write numbers up to 20 in digits, and words and fractions.
  • In Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 we are using the Singapore approach to mathematics. In the Singapore approach there is;
    An emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing students to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
    An emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so students learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.
  • In Year 2 there are more mental mathematics, partitioning of numbers and written problems.
  • By the age of 9, children need to learn their times tables up to 12x12.
  • Calculators will not be introduced until the end of key stage 2 in order to encourage children to work things out in their head and on paper.



  • The focus for science in Key Stage 1 and 2 will be scientific knowledge and the language of science.
  • Concepts, such as evolution, experimentation, photosynthesis, the water system, electricity and dinosaurs and fossils, will form the core curriculum.
  • There will be less emphasis on understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms and more emphasis on working and thinking scientifically:
    KS1 – hands on activities and asking questions.
    KS2 – making decisions about which type of scientific enquiry is relevant e.g. recording, observing etc. and drawing conclusions using knowledge and understanding.
  • There will also be a much stronger prominence given to human health and wellbeing, with topics on healthy eating, diet and exercise and the effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking on the human body.


Design and Technology (DT)

  • As an important STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) subject, far more importance has been given to D&T.
  • The aim of the curriculum is for your children to become the designers, engineers and innovators of tomorrow.
  • Children will be taught a wider range of topics and will be given experience in the use of different design equipment, such as electronics and robotics.
  • In key stage 2, children will be taught about important D&T events through history, such as the start of the World Wide Web, to give them more knowledge of how technology has shaped the world we live in.



  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT). 
  • Computing is another STEM subject.
  • Gone are word processing and databases, now your children will learn, by the end of key stage 1, what an algorithm is, how to create and debug a simple program and how to use technology to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • In the curriculum there is a strong focus on e-safety and what to do if a child has concerns about content or interactions online.


Languages (French at Brookside)

  • French is taught at Brookside from Year 3.
  • Your children will be immersed in the new language, learning phrases, vocabulary, songs, poems and rhymes.
  • By the end of year 6, children will be expected to understand the basics of grammar and punctuation and be able to converse, read, present and write using some French.
  • Usually in Year 4 and Year 5 we offer a French trip opportunity to Gravenchon.
  • Y6 French pupils from Gravenchon visit the school for a week each Spring.



  • We are currently updating all our History topics and will show the new schemes of work in September 2019.



  • We are currently updating all our Geography topics and will show the new schemes of work in September 2019.


Art and Music

  • The art and music curricula, though largely similar, have been slimmed down to give us more freedom in what and how we teach your children.
  • Art and design are still as important as they have ever been and the work your children do throughout their time at primary school will lay the foundations for key stage 3.


Physical Exercise (PE)

  • In the PE curriculum, pupils will develop core movement and the chance to develop a competitive spirit by engaging in both team and individual sports.
  • As a school, we aim to offer children the opportunity to be physically active for sustained periods of time on a regular basis in order for them to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • Children will be taught to swim, (In the autumn term Year 4 and Year 2; in the Spring term Year 2 and Year 3 and in the Summer term Year 3 and Year 1)
  • Specialist Provision swim every week on either a Thursday or a Friday. Some specialist children access Hydro on a Friday.



  • There is an ‘expected’ standard in each subject per Year group for the children to reach (See our CORE standards based on the National Curriculum below).

All children in Year1 to Year 6 will be assessed as follows:


Emerging Meeting Exceeding
Pupils are here if they are not meeting the expectation for their year group at the end of the year.  Pupils are here if they have been assessed to be meeting the expected statements. If they have met all the standards we will say they have 'mastered' their year group expectations. Pupils are here if they been assessed as exceeding all the expected statements This is where they build on their 'depth' of understanding and knowledge.


Core Curriculum