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Curriculum Information


Shaw-cum-Donnington School aims to have a broad and enjoyable curriculum. As a school we follow the National Curriculum. All foundation subjects are taught within topic where possible. English and Maths are usually taught discretely but are linked to the topic where possible.

Autumn Term 2018 Objectives:
Term 1
Topic Work

Term 1
Topic Work
Yr 1 English
Yr 2 English
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Summer Term 2018 Objectives:
Term 5
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Topic Work

Yr 1 English
Yr 2 English
Yr 1 Maths

Yr 2 Maths

Term 6
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Topic Work

Term 5
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Topic Work

Topic Work

Planning in the Early years is based on the Early Years Outcomes. Most children will be working within the 40 to 60 month age band, however some withh still be working at the 30 to 50 month age band. When planning, we take into account the children's progress against the Outcomes and also consider the interests and needs of the children. Therefore, our planned topics will differ from year to year and may change as the children develop. Our topics in the past have included Food and Farming, Pepole Who Help Us and Sea Life.




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British Values

At Shaw-cum-Donnington CE Primary School we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which includes upholding and teaching pupils about British Values. We do this within aspects of the PHSCE and RE curricula, assemblies and through the study of ‘issues’ such as conservation and freedom in literacy and topic work.

Our pupils show their respect for British values through their study of other religions and through tackling issues such as conservation and liberty.  The school is successful in promoting tolerance and respect for others and preparing them well for modern Britain.  The school is successful is providing for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development – Ofsted 2015;

We aim to

  • actively encourage our pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; 
  • teach pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law;
  • provide opportunities for pupils to show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those within the school and wider community.  In 2014, the school took part in the ‘Go-Givers’ project and raised £869.17 which was shared amongst various local and national cancer charities. Letters of thanks received from these charities are on display in the school entrance hall.
  • assist pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions.

    See also our ‘good’ SIAMS report – October 2013.

If you would like to know more about how we assess our pupils please see below:

 Early Years Foundation State (EYFS) pupils
Key Stage 1 & 2



The Teaching of Phonics
 At Shaw-cum-Donnington we are committed to teaching all children to be fluent readers.  Learning phonics helps children to learn to read.

The teaching of synthetic phonics begins in EYFS in Squirrel Class. In Fox Class (Yrs 3 & 4) children are in a mixed year 1/2 class where children are put into mixed groups by the phase they are working at. Both classes teach phonics daily and are taught in small, differentiated groups

Letters and Sounds is  the main resource  we use to teach phonics at the school.

Early reading skills and the development of these is often an area of concern for parents.  Please click here to view our presentation to parents about the teaching of phonics and reading. 

The Teaching of Reading

At Shaw-cum-Donnington we have a wide range of reading book schemes to support the children. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Ginn, Words and Pictures and Oxford Literacy Web.

Useful Links

The National Curriculum

Letters and Sounds document

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Progression in calculation

Please click here to see a document which explains how children are taught to carry out basic written calculations for each of the four number operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Telling Stories

Click on the image above to see how you can support your child's reading at home with fun activities to do to help enrich your child’s vocabulary and language.  

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