Towcester Church of England Primary School

We will send the children out, as Noah did the dove (Genesis 8:8-12), having nurtured and prepared them for life. Knowing that they are valued and can fly and can take the values of the school out into the world.

Islington Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6AU

01327 350332

Our Curriculum


Our Curriculum Intent is to ensure our children have a progressive programme of learning with carefully chosen topics to help the children learn new knowledge whilst making links with prior learning and life experiences. We believe that outside, creative and practical learning enhance their learning and leads to greater success and enjoyment.

Our Curriculum Topics are chosen according to the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and carefully put together so that the children can build on previous knowledge and make links as appropriate. Where possible links are made horizontally over the year, vertically based on previous topics within the same subject and diagonally across subjects and year groups. This is a 3D approach to our progressive curriculum.

They are cross-curricular in approach where possible and ensure the objectives of the National Curriculum are met over the Key Stage.

Long Term Curriculum Map for all year groups:

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year Group Termly Curriculum Overviews:


Each term, each year group produces a Half-Termly Year Group Curriculum Overview that explains to the children and parents the content of each term's learning, coverage of the National Curriculum and includes any links made to prior learning.  THESE WILL BE PUBLISHED TERMLY


Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Foundation Stage Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage


Foundation Stage & KIRFS Foundation Stage & KIRFs Foundation Stage & KIRFs
Year 1  Year 1 Year 1, KIRFs & Reading Expectation Year 1  Year 1 & KIRFs Year 1 & KIRFs
Year 2 Year 2    Knowledge organiser Year 2 & KIRFs Year 2 Year 2 & KIRFs Year 2
Year 3 Year 3 Year 3 & KIRFs Year 3 & KIRFs Year 3 Year 3
Year 4 Year 4 Year 4 & KIRFs Year 4 & KIRFs Year 4  & KIRFs Year 4 & KIRFs
Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 Year 5 & KIRFs Year 5 & KIRFs Year 5 & KIRFs
Year 6 Year 6 Year 6 & KIRFs Year 6 & KIRFs Year 6 & KIRFs Year 6 & KIRFs


End of Year Expectations 2020 - 2021

The links below give parents a guide of the expected outcomes based on the New National Curriculum

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Phonics Mrs Booth

From September 2020, the school will be using Read Write Inc as a progressive learning system for teaching young children their phonics. The children have access to books and booklets that link closely with their current phonics learning which support and consolidate as appropriate. Our other reading books are banded according to the same progressive pathway for the learning of phonics and reading.

Maths  Miss Brady

We use White Rose Maths Scheme to support our teaching of maths. This structure allows the children to learn topics in unit blocks, with small steps, which enables them to have a deep understanding of each area before moving on. 

Throughout our lessons we encourage children to develop their understanding of Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) concepts. CPA is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. The CPA approach builds on children’s existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It involves moving from concrete materials, to pictorial representations, to abstract symbols and problems. Lessons are  designed to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems


Maths Musts

To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing 'Maths Musts' (KIRFS - Key Instant Recall Facts) throughout school. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of.

Each half term, children will focus on a 'Maths Must' to learn at home for the half term.  The 'Maths Musts' include practical ideas to assist your child in grasping the key facts and contain helpful suggestions of ways in which you could make this learning interesting and relevant. They are not designed to be a time-consuming task and can be learnt anywhere – in the car, walking to school, etc. Regular practice - little and often – helps children to retain these facts and keep their skills sharp. Throughout the half term, the facts will also be taught in school and your child’s teacher will assess whether they have been retained.


Calculation Policy 

This document identifies progression in calculation strategies with guidance to link the CPA approach. 

 C Policy.doc addition Final.docxDownload
 C Policy.doc division final.docxDownload
 C Policy.doc multiplication final.docxDownload
 C Policy.doc subtraction Final.docxDownload
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English Miss White

Year groups use National Curriculum objectives and these are divided and allocated to each year group. English is taught discretely and through other writing in the curriculum. Classes have a class novel/are encouraged to read together every day. Story telling is a tool we use to develop talk for writing techniques and gives children the opportunity to immerse themselves in a text. Spellings are taught daily in class and in groups. Handwriting is taught throughout the week using 'Kinetic Letters' in KS1 and the 'Nelson' letter formation in KS2 (whilst we transfer the whole school to Kinetic Letters from September 2020) .

Religious Education Miss Lawrence and Mrs Griffin

We use Understanding Christianity and the Diocesan Agreed Syllabus to support our teaching of R.E. Children are encouraged to "Make sense of the text"; "Understand the impact of the text"; "Make connections" and consider how it links to their lives and the wider world. Whole School Overview of Units and RE throughout the Curriculum.

Science Mrs Lewis

Children are taught National Curriculum objectives. Topics in science are linked to the year group topic wherever possible.

Geography Mrs Daniels

Teachers use the National Curriculum objectives and the interests of the children to teach them knowledge, skills and understanding through their termly topic. This is enhanced by the children's home learning and support from parents. Trips and experiences are used to extend learning too.

History  Miss Tillen 

History at Towcester Primary follows the Primary National Curriculum objectives for KS1 and KS2. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching aims to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Teachers help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. We teach children about civilisations that have been key to the history of the world, as well as the role that Britain played in its development.

Throughout the school, we also endeavour to root our history in the local area and investigate Silverstone Circuit, Northampton, and its history to the shoe industry. We will instil a sense of awe and wonder in the past, how certain events have changed our lives today and how our choices will shape the future.

It is also key that we teach children how to be historians – including how to use artefacts, resources and research to learn about the past and how to be critical of sources; enabling them to draw their own conclusions.

From September 2022 onwards, we will be using the PDET Long Term Plan for Science, History and Geography.

Computing Mr Skears

Our school uses a scheme of work developed by 'Computing at School' (CAS). This is part of a STEM initiative and is a national programme of study developed by experts within the industry and is used by our local secondary school. All pupils will progressively study a broad range of skills to cover the full requirements of the National Curriculum through the knowledge and understanding of algortihnms, programming and development, data and data representation, hardware and processing, communication and networks and information technology.

PE Miss Mozdzynski

The school uses 'PE Passport' as a tool for teaching and assessing PE and Dance skills.

French Ms King

We use the Catherine Cheater scheme for teaching French to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. This scheme is interactive and a great way to introduce the learning of a language. Our children meet our annual visitors from Germany and Catalonia and have the opoortunity to sample some German and Catalan during these weeks.

Music Miss Tillen

At our school, we Inspire pupils to develop a love of music and encourage them to showcase their talents as musicians. We do this through our numerous music events held each year and by using the on-line scheme Charanga. This scheme moves away from learning objective approach, to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music weave through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing. The documents below explain the overviews/progression of all the elements of music we teach through Charanga.

In addition to Charanga, we teach the children about different music traditions and history during collective worship and within our topics.

PSHE Miss Thomas

We have a school devised currciulum that combines British Values, SRE and PSHE objectives. We will be using SCARF from September 2020.

Design Technology Mrs Williams

Children are taught National Curriculum objectives. Topics in science are linked to the year group topic wherever possible.

Art Mrs Tagg

The school has a progressive scheme for teaching skills across the year groups. Artists and themes link to the topics where possible.