Our Curriculum

The curriculum that children follow at Waterthorpe is rich and relevant to the lives and interests of our school community. We ensure that there is breadth and balance in the learning and experiences that we provide for our children.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in the Nursery/F1 and Reception/F2 classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Appropriate activities are planned to enable the children to progress through the Ages and Stages to the Early Learning Goals and beyond, as outlined by the Department for Education (D.f.E).

The three prime areas of learning are Communication and Language Development (Listening and Attention, Speaking, Understanding), Physical Development (Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care) and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Making Relationships, Managing Feelings and Behaviour, Self-confidence and Self Awareness). The four specific areas of learning are Literacy (Reading, Writing), Mathematics (Numbers, Shape, Space and Measures), Understanding the World (People and Communities, The World, Technology) and Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using media and materials, Being Imaginative).

Please click here for a link to the Foundation Years Website


We offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

We make provision for a daily act of collective worship and teach religious education.We are legally required to follow the statutory National Curriculum which sets out the subject content for subjects that should be taught to all pupils.

The subjects are English, Maths and Science, Art and Design, Citizenship, Computing, Design and technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical education.

Children in Year One and Year Two follow the National Curriculum which is taught through cross curricular themes wherever possible. However the National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons.

Please click HERE for a link to National Curriculum guidance and programmes of study.

Our Prospectus shares with you more detail about the curriculum that children follow. This can be found under the parents tab on this website.