Early Years Foundation Stage

The curriculum in Reception Year, Squirrels class, follows the EYFS guidance and covers seven areas of learning:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Within these areas, children work towards Early Learning Goals (expected levels that they should reach at the end of Reception Year.)
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking with learning experiences, based on flexible half termly topics, taking place both indoors and out.
(Go to Squirrels class page)

Children are taught phonics for reading and writing from the beginning of Reception using the Sounds-Write scheme ( with the expectation that they will have completed at least the Initial Code by the end of the year.

National Curriculum

From Year 1 the children follow the National Curriculum, which covers English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Physical Education, Music, Art, Design Technology and Computing.
In Key Stage 2, Year 3 onwards, they also learn a Foreign Language. In the Oaks, we currently offer a year of French and a year of Spanish.
Religious Education (following the Bedfordshire agreed syllabus) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) are also taught.



At Sheerhatch, we use a whole school approach to teaching phonics using a programme called Sounds-Write ( in which all out teaching staff are trained. It focuses on breaking down words into individual sounds in order to read accurately. The children’s knowledge of the sounds they hear within words then helps them to spell the words in their writing. At the beginning of Year 1, most children are embarking on Sounds-Write extended code.


We have a variety of reading material available to children throughout the school. All children have individual reading books that are chosen to interest and challenge them, with books being from a range of other schemes which are colour coded using the book banding scheme including phonics readers and higher interest books to allow breadth and depth across all abilities. Children can also borrow books from the range of fiction and non-fiction books in the school library or their classrooms.


In KS1 Maths is taught using the Power Maths programme, based on a highly visual appraoch to mastery in Mathematics. Class teachers are supported by experienced teaching assistants to ensure all children are able to access the appropriate age related learning.

Calculation Policy KS1

In KS2, the learning is based on the Abacus scheme of work using a wide variety of activities and resources.

Calculation Policy KS2


Most curriculum subjects are taught through termly or half termly topics. This gives an engaging, thematic approach to learning which encourages creativity in the classroom. English work is linked to the topics to provide relevant writing opportunities. See class pages to find out what the children are learning.


We use the Jigsaw scheme of work giving a whole school approach with shared themes across the classes. This covers all areas of Personal, Social and Health Education including Drugs and Alcohol education and Sex and Relationships education at an age appropriate level.
For more information see the parents guide.
Jigsaw information leaflet for parents and carers


Children are assessed formally at various key points of their school journey. Within the Primary Years, these points are the end of EYFS, Y1 Phonics check, end of KS1 (Year 2) and the end of KS2 (Year 6). We monitor our outcomes against national attainment and that of our local authority.

The document below shows the latest outcomes for our pupils against those comparisons.

comparative attainment data