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Curriculum Information and Year Group Information

"Teaching is a matter of leading pupils to higher ground until they have the confidence to continue climbing by themselves."

 At Lansdowne: a de Ferrers Trust Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of our children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through the Foundation unit and Key Stage One. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Key Stage One (KS1) requirements from the National Curriculum 2014. Along side this, the pupil’s of our school are given experiences and opportunities which best meet their learning and developmental needs.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Phonics and Reading

Reading is an area of the curriculum that we are passionate about.  Children are encouraged to read at every opportunity and to develop a love of reading for pleasure. All children have the opportunity each week to borrow books from our school library and share these with family at home.

 The school has a structured approach to the teaching of phonics and reading based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. Children are introduced to rhyme and initial phonic work in the Nursery and from Reception to Year 2 focused phonics sessions are taught to all children. The Oxford Reading scheme is used to support early reading.

We strongly believe that Reading provides the Keys to the Kingdom, it will provide them with the ability to access the ever expanding bank of knowledge available to them, and for this reason the teaching of reading is our biggest focus.


Early Years

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in the early year’s unit. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, known as the prime areas are; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The pupils at Lansdowne focus on these prime areas in both Nursery and Reception classes. The children are then supported in the four remaining areas known as the specific areas. The specific areas are; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design. The staff in the foundation unit support learning and development through a mix of planned, purposeful play activities and teacher-led lessons. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play activities which are guided by adults. As children’s development allows, the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for the more formal learning in Year 1. 




In years one and two the framework for the children's learning is provided by the  National Curriculum which sets out the core subjects of Maths, English and Science and the Foundation subjects of Art and Design, Computing,  Design  and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and PE. We also teach Religious Education and teach Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education attaching great importance to the development of moral and social skills. The curriculum has been planned to link together the different subject areas and objectives for each year group into themes. We know that children learn best when they can make connections between the different areas of their learning and this approach makes the subjects more relevant and motivating for them. Each theme has been planned using a text based approach. The long term over view of the planned themes for the whole school can be found on this website. In addition,  topic planning in is place to show curriculum coverage, what the children will be learning about and an outline of the activities they will do in each theme is also available on the website at the beginning of each half term.


If you require further information on the curriculum we follow,

please contact the school office on 01283 239141