The Curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of the pupils. Furthermore, pupils should be encouraged to have positive attitudes to study and learning. Learning how to learn, in a rapidly changing world, is paramount. It is equally important that pupils are prepared for a broad approach to life in society, particularly at a time of greater national and international awareness through the media and the web.


From our starting point we have taken the decision to focus on the children learnign core skills (English and Maths) and then replicating these over the curriculum. It is vital that these foundations are in place before the children move on. Details of the National can be found here:  


In Key Stage 1 phonics is taught using Letters and Sounds.


Spring 2018 Learning Maps

Ash Class Learning Map - click here to view
Beech Class Learning Map - click here to view
Willow Class Learning Map - click here to view
Maple and Spruce Classes Learning Map - click here to view 
Rowan Class Learning Map - click here to view
Oak Class Learning Map - click here to view

The term Curriculum means everything that is taught in school; it is of concern not only to schools but also to parents, governors, the Local Authority and the wider community. At Axminster the curriculum is broad, balanced and matched to the children’s individual needs. The areas of learning, which incorporate the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, include:

Core subjects 
Information & Communications

Foundation subjects

History & Geography
Design Technology
Art & Design
Physical Education & Games
Modern Foreign Language


Personal, Social & Health Education
Sex Education
Religious Education

These subjects may or may not be taught separately within the curriculum but they are
not taught in isolation from one another. For example, when children are involved in a
Science activity, they may also be gaining experience helpful for their skills in
mathematics and English. This is called a cross-curricular approach.

Teaching Styles

A variety of teaching styles and strategies are used, ranging from work with the whole class to group work and work with individual children. We encourage independent learning which allows full personal development. Children frequently work together on individual tasks to help them to acquire the co-operative skills which will be relevant to their adult lives. Staff is aware of the different ways children learn and design the classroom activities to ensure all children are included.

They also aim to have stimulating and well-organised classrooms that provide the children with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills i.e. communication, observation, study, problem solving, physical and practical, creative and imaginative, literary and numerical and personal and social.

Complaints about the National Curriculum

The Governing Body also provide for the consideration of complaints about the Curriculum within the school. If parents have a concern which has not been satisfactorily answered by, firstly, the class teacher, secondly, the co-ordinator and thirdly, the Headteacher, then they are urged to write in confidence to the Governor responsible for the particular curriculum area. The Local Authority has a set procedure for the hearing of complaints about the School Curriculum and Related Matters under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act 1988. Copies of this procedure are available on request from the Headteacher.


National Curriculum Core Subjects.doc27.5 KB
National Curriculum Foundation Subjects.doc34 KB
Homework.doc25.5 KB
Gifted and Talented.doc22 KB
Inclusion.doc22.5 KB