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Culham Parochial C of E Primary School intends to provide a well-rounded, challenging and stimulating education that will benefit all and allow children to achieve their potential through the highest standards of teaching and learning.


We follow Government statutory guidance through a creative approach in a way that is enjoyable as well as being informative and educational. Our aim is to engage and inspire every child. Educational visits and visitors to school enable us to provide real opportunities to reinforce learning, widen horizons, develop new skills and engage in new experiences. We also use Forest School to develop skills, apply knowledge and take risky opportunities.


Culham is presently following the 2014 National Curriculum. On this page you will find the class long term plans- these have been supplemented with the termly plans, which you can find on the class pages.


Early Years Foundation Stage (4-5 yrs) Curriculum

Each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum has equal weighting and children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all of these areas through a wide range of activities and play. Through careful observation and assessment staff are able to move children on in their learning and to also encourage them to participate in identifying the next steps for their learning.


Learning opportunities are developed through:

  • Play which is structured at times to enable new skills to develop.
  • Children’s’ interests noted by staff and suggestions from parents.
  • Allowing children to make their own decisions and choices.
  • Providing a range of stimulating resources that children are encouraged to explore freely and through direction from staff.
  • Incorporating drama and role-play into sessions.
  • Enquiry.
  • Catering for different learning styles and needs
  • Offering very high quality pastoral care so that children feel confident, valued and secure.

Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 yrs) Curriculum

We want children to enjoy learning through involvement in a meaningful, purposeful and relevant curriculum that develops lively, enquiring minds and gives children skills for life.


The National Curriculum is used to guide and support teaching and learning at the school.

The National Curriculum includes:

Core Subjects:English, Mathematics and Science


The Foundation Subjects: Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and a Modern Foreign Language (KS2 only)


Careful planning ensures that these subjects are matched with the age, ability and experience of each child. Computing is used throughout the curriculum, both as a teaching resource and as a tool for recording, collecting and sorting information.


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Have equality of opportunity through the encouragement of positive self-esteem and the provision of an appropriate and differentiated curriculum.
  • Learn through an active curriculum with involvement in practical and meaningful activities.
  • Are encouraged to think for themselves and become increasingly independent and responsible for their own learning.
  • Have opportunities to cooperate and work with others as well as by themselves.
  • Develop an understanding of and sensitivity to the rights, responsibilities and respect of others as well as themselves.
  • Experience a curriculum which is differentiated, with continuity and progression maintained as they pass through the school.
  • Engage in a curriculum which is linked across subjects, as and when appropriate, through year group and whole school theme.
  • Have work monitored, highlighting their progress and achievements throughout their time at our school and that this is regularly reported to parents.

Specific Curriculum Plans:

Reading and Phonics:
For phonics we use a scheme called Read, Write Inc. Since employing this scheme 3 years ago our phonics and reading attainment in the lower half of the school have improved dramatically. In 2014 all our year 1 children passed the Phonics Screening test, putting us in the top 2% of schools Nationally.
Reading for enjoyment is a key aim across the school. The children have lots of opportunities to experience a wide range of texts, read with a variety of audiences, go to libraries and take part in book themed days and weeks. All of this has led to a school-wide enthusiasm for reading and a literary rich environment.