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Our Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Our Early Years Curriculum

At Maylandsea Primary School, we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing the solid foundations that children are going to build upon. It is our intent that the children who enter our early years setting will develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding positive attitudes towards school and learning.  All children deserve to be valued as individuals and we are passionate about allowing all our children to achieve their full, unique potential. We recognise that children develop at different rates and it is our role as educators to guide them along their own learning path. In our Reception class, children follow the national Early Years Curriculum which encompasses seven main areas of learning-


The Prime Areas:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts


Children's learning is practical and playful with lots of support and challenge from adults throughout our class sessions, our small group sessions and working with individuals. There is a combination of adult-led, teacher taught sessions as well as a wealth of stimulating, continuous provision opportunities.


We ensure that our children are assessed continuously, through accurate and careful observations. These assessments provide us with information for future planning and help us identify children’s individual next steps in learning. Assessments help us, as practitioners, to ensure that learning is embedded and that all the children continue to make the best possible progress.

Mathematics - progression of learning skills

At Maylandsea Primary school the intention of the mathematics curriculum is for the children to become confident and fluent mathematicians who can explain their reasoning and have a deep understanding of the mathematics they have learnt. We work in line with the 2014 National Curriculum for mathematics which aims to ensure that all children:
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can problem solve using the knowledge they have accumulated
At Maylandsea we provide a range of contexts to facilitate the acquisition of the skills and processes necessary for the children to experience deep learning. This is learning that can be recalled and utilised efficiently as well as being non-contextual, so they can apply it to a wide-range of areas. Our intention is that children see their potential as mathematicians as limitless, they adopt a growth mindset and are able to choose and move through mathematical challenges within lessons and to eventually achieve mastery in all areas of mathematical learning.
We remain committed for children to relate their learning in the classroom to the wider world and that their learning resonates with them through the rest of their schooling and  adult lives. We continue to promote a love and enjoyment of mathematics  Our intention is that by the end of Key Stage Two, children will leave our school well-prepared and well-quipped for the next stage of their mathematical education.

Science - Progression of Learning Skills

Art - Progression of Learning Skills

Computing - Progression of Learning Skills

Design and Technology - Progression of Learning Skills

Geography - Progression of Learning Skills

History - progression of learning skills

At Maylandsea Primary School history education is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for history by:

  • providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum
  • ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills
  • for the children to develop a love for history.

Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.                                                                                                        

History has a wide application to everyday life, teaching children to enjoy learning about the past and to develop a better understanding of the society in which they live.


Our approach is underpinned by the desire:

  • To inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the past and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that history has to offer
  • To enable children to know about significant events in British history and to appreciate how things have changed over time
  • To develop a sense of chronology
  • To understand how the British system of democratic government has developed and, in so doing, to contribute to a child’s citizenship education
  • To understand how Britain is part of a wider European culture and to study some aspects of European history
  • To have some knowledge and understanding of historical development in the wider world
  • To help children understand society and their place within it, so that they develop a sense of their cultural heritage
  • To develop in children the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation, debate, interpretation, problem solving and presentation. 

Modern Foreign Languages (French) - Progression of Learning Skills

Music - progression of learning skills

At Maylandsea Primary School, we provide a high quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. Our aim is to provide a music education that engages pupils, inspires them to develop a love of music, and nurtures their talents as musicians.


Through our scheme (Charanga Musical School), pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others.  We also provide the opportunity for pupils to learn a musical instrument (guitar, piano) or join a band (Rocksteady).


In KS1, the children enjoy singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They have the opportunity to play tuned and percussion instruments which they use to create, select and combine sounds. They also listen and move to a wide range of music.


Children in KS2 build on the skills acquired in KS1 so that, by the end of year 6, they sing and play with increasing control and self-confidence. They deepen their understanding of music in the world and can appreciate the significance of music through history. Children are encouraged to explore their own musical preferences and discuss these with confidence.


All children take part in weekly singing lessons which contribute to our Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Live performances provide opportunities for children to share their work in music with parents, and to perform in front of an audience.

Personal, Social Health Education - Progression of Learning Skills

At Maylandsea Primary school, we help all children to develop an understanding of the place that they hold in society and in groups within society such as families, school, clubs etc. We aim to enable children to understand their own bodies and how to keep safe and healthy and to encourage a growing sense of self-worth and self-responsibility towards keeping themselves safe and healthy and to build meaningful and happy relationships with others within these groups.


We use The Jigsaw scheme of work and we make meaningful links with other subjects of the curriculum.

We teach children about their rights and responsibilities. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community through participation in clubs, sporting activities, school council and other activities within and outside the school. Through this, they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society.


Our objectives in the teaching of PSHE and citizenship are;

  • to know and understand what is meant by a healthy lifestyle and to make healthy choices relating to food choices, exercise and screen time.
  • to be increasingly aware of potential dangers and risks they may encounter and how to keep themselves safe.
  • to understand how to build and maintain good relationships with others and how to resolve conflict where it may arise.
  • to have and show respect for others.
  • to be thoughtful and responsible members of their community and their school.
  • to become active members of our democratic society.
  • to develop self-confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
  • to make informed and responsible choices regarding personal and social issues.
  • to develop good relationships with other members of the community.

Physical Education - Progression of Learning Skills

Religious Education - Progression of Learning Skills