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To unlock every child’s potential as a unique child of God.

“May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, that being rooted and grounded in love, you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

The intention of our curriculum


It is our intention that our curriculum will:

  • Be broad and balanced to allow ALL pupils to ‘unlock their potential as a unique child of God’
  • Be challenging and dynamic
  • Ensure that children are secure and confident, where possible becoming masters of that area of learning
  • Build on what children already know and extend and enrich their interests
  • Develop a broad and rich vocabulary that makes links across areas of learning
  • Contain varied approaches and teaching methods to stimulate, excite and engage ALL learners
  • Encourage children to think and learn for themselves
  • Be dependent on teachers, pupils and parents working together
  • Be respectful of cultural, spiritual, social, religious and individual differences of all children
  • Recognise feelings and involve other people


The Primary Curriculum at Mountnessing C of E Primary School

The Curriculum in primary school divides pupils into three groups known as Key Stages. Foundation Stage relates to the entry year ages. Key Stage 1 covers infant Years 1 and 2, pupils aged 5-7. Key Stage 2 covers the junior age band 7 -11, Years 3, 4, 5, 6. The National Curriculum provides programmes of study and arrangements for assessments in all subjects.

Core Subjects


Foundation Topics

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education


· History

· Geography

· Computing

· Design Technology

· Art

· Physical Education

· Music

· Modern Foreign Language: French

· Personal, Health, Social & Citizenship Education (PHSCE)


This does not mean that the timetable has been wholly divided into separate subjects. In this school, much of our learning is cross-curricular and supports our thematic approach. The core and foundation subjects do not form the complete curriculum. We aim to give all children a broad and balanced education that seeks, above all, to treat each child as an individual, allows them to unlock their true potential and to prepare them for life.

We believe that children should be taught the skills and knowledge that give them an understanding of their world and equip them for later life. We focus on key subject and learning skills and are careful to ensure that knowledge taught is relevant and useful.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development. All areas of Learning and Development are connected to one another and are equally important. All areas of Learning and Development are underpinned by the principles of the EYFS.

The areas of Learning and Development are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


These seven areas of Learning and Development together make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and children as they grow, learn and develop. Although these are presented as separate areas, it is important to remember that for children everything links and nothing is compartmentalised.


Personal, social and emotional development

Communication and language and literacy


Physical development






Understanding the world


Expressive arts and design


  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour 
  • Making relationships


  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking


  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self -care


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Shape, space and measure


  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology


  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative




The implementation of our curriculum

 Our Primary curriculum is based on a 2 -year cycle which allows our mixed age classes to experience a wide range of topics and ensures balanced coverage.


We implement the curriculum through a series of coherently planned and sequenced lessons.  The curriculum balance is monitored and revisited regularly to ensure that pupils in this school develop a range of learning skills, knowledge and understanding over time. Different approaches to learning, media, publication and assessment techniques are also varied to ensure there is breadth and depth for all learners.


The Impact of our Curriculum

The impact of our curriculum can be seen in the progress that our pupils make. By looking in their books and by seeing their work on display, we can tell what they have been learning and how much progress they have made. Our children like talking about their work and sharing their learning with us and we celebrate all achievements.

We assess pupils' learning each and every day by setting clear learning outcomes, including success criteria where appropriate.  Marking and feedback directly links to these areas of learning as well as setting longer term areas for improvement.  We use 'assessment criteria' regularly for English, mathematics and science to focus on gaps in learning.  A summative assessment takes place each term and is fed back to parents/carers at consultation meetings. We track pupil attainment and progress regularly and put in additional support in a timely manner where it may be needed.

Please visit the 'School Results' page on our website to see how well our pupils have done compared to Essex and National Averages.


Parent/Carer Partnership 

We work in partnership with our parents/carers to enhance learning.  Each term we create termly overviews. These can be viewed above or on the class pages on our website. These include a summary of each topic, identifying links between each curriculum area. 

In order to further support parents/carers, we hold workshops to outline the curriculum and teaching strategies as well as suggestion for how parents/carers can help at home.