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Marsh Baldon CE Primary School is proud to provide a personalised curriculum with the needs of our pupils at the centre of all that we do.  We always aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is tailored to the needs of our pupils.


We work with our school and local community to provide opportunities for all our pupils to learn and to achieve including to promote our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  We aim to prepare all our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will faced with as they move to the next phase of their education and beyond.


Our curriculum is planned and organised carefully to ensure pupils are supported to:

·         Question the world they live in

·         Develop a commitment to learning that will last them a lifetime

·         Develop key literacy and numeracy skills they need to learn

·         Nurture their creativity

·         Develop personal values, qualities and attitudes and be respectful of other people and their views and opinions

·         Cooperate with others

·         Develop an appreciation and concern for the environment in which they live

·         Work towards achieving their potential


If you would like to find more out about the curriculum please contact the school office on 01865 343249 or


The current long term curriculum plans are included on each Class Page 


The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of key stages. At Marsh Baldon CE Primary School we have three key stages:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage: Ages 4-5 (Reception Year)

  • Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)

  • Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)


Every state-funded school must 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 society, and

  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


The National Curriculum sets out in Programmes of Study, on the basis of Key Stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils.


The Early Years Curriculum we follow is set out in the Department for Education's Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage


The National Curriculum for Primary Schools is set out in the Department for Education's National Curriculum: Key Stages 1 & 2 Framework Document.


The National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 consists of the following core subjects:

English: Reading (word reading and comprehension), writing (transcription, handwriting, composition, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar) and spoken language

Mathematics: Number, calculation, fractions, measurement, shape and position

Science: working scientifically, plants, animals, habitats, materials, seasons, rocks, light, forces, sound, electricity, states of matter, electricity and Earth and space.


Foundation subjects:

Art and Design: use a range of materials, draw, paint and sculpture and study great artists of the past.

Computing: design, write and debug programs; understand computer networks including the internet; use search technology effectively; select, use and combine a variety of software and use technology safely.

Design and Technology: Designing, making, evaluating and build technical knowledge. Cooking and nutrition

Languages (not statutory for Key Stage 1): listen and show understanding, join in with songs and rhymes, hold conversations, speak in sentences and read with accurate pronunciation, write phrases from memory

History: historical figures and events, local studies and show knowledge of the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxons and study an early civilisation beyond Britain.< > Locational Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, Geographical skills and fieldwork

Music: singing, playing instruments, listening to music, creating music, play and perform, compose, musical notation and history of music

PE: movement, team and competitive games, dance, outdoor and adventurous activity and swimming (swimming is not statutory for Key Stage 1)

RE: learn about religions and learn from religions. Study Christianity and other principal world religions.



From their first weeks in Class 1, pupils follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme of study.  Once they have mastered phonics, the children move on to Read Write Inc. Spellings programme.



Pupils will be sent home with a school reading book each day from the earliest days in Class 1 through to the end of Year 6. We organise books into coloured bands based on the complexity of the text which the pupils move their way through until they are fluent independent readers and can choose from a large selection of unbanded fiction and non-fiction texts. Our reading books come from a range of children’s books including a selection from several different reading schemes.


British Values

At Marsh Baldon CE Primary School, British values are reinforced regularly as described in this document:

At Marsh Baldon School our Long Term English Plan is designed to support the three phases of the teaching sequence.


1. To give children opportunities to familiarise with the text type.

2. To allow children to capture ideas through word and language activities.

3. To offer a variety of writing opportunities in order to master spelling, grammar and punctuation skills leading to a quality written outcome.


We use this Long Term plan as a guide.  From here teachers use on-going assessment and the requirements of the New National Curriculum for English to ensure the needs of the children are met.  The suggested outcomes can change to enable children to embed learnt skills, new grammar as well as to incorporate learning from other curriculum areas.   


English Long Term Plan

Science Long Term Plan