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Please note: We are currently reviewing our curriculum in line with the new framework, therefore some of the information on this page is subject to change - April 2019.


The Foundation Stage for Early Years Education covers seven areas of learning and three learning characteristics.

Prime Areas of Learning

Specific Areas Of Learning

Learning Characteristics

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically

Reading in KS2 is taught through whole class differentiated guided reading lessons teaching specific reading skills; allowing pupils to access extracts of high-quality texts and short stories and teaching all pupils to analyse the text to a deeper level. Discrete grammar and spelling lessons are taught in every class in KS2.

At Summerswood we use the Herts Essentials Maths Curriculum to plan daily maths lessons. Check your child’s class page to see where they are up to! Maths skills are taught through discreet daily lessons, which reinforce mathematical fluency and reasoning.  Pupils are taught problem solving skills in weekly lessons and are provided with the opportunity to apply their understanding through a range of activities, which when appropriate they can self-select. 


Coming soon - Long Term Maths Essentials Overview.


As our curriculum develops we will see that links are made across the curriculum wherever possible so that pupils are able to relate the different aspects of their learning to each other and apply in different contexts and new situations. Pupils are provided with opportunities to write at length in foundations subjects linked to individual targets. Some subjects, such as DT, are delivered in blocks of time in order to provide extended learning; this enables pupils to achieve high quality outcomes.

Annually, the school arranges a significant number of visitors, projects, whole school events and class trips. Some of these include whole school trips to the West End to see a performance, workshops for the whole school, residential trips (Yr4 and Yr6) and author visits. Enrichment activities are an important aspect of the school’s curriculum provision. This is further enriched by a wide variety of extra-curricular activities before and after school. 

Pupil voice is important in all the decisions made regarding the curriculum. The school parliament share ideas with the leadership team regarding the school. Whole school questionnaires and subject specific pupil voice also inform decisions regarding the curriculum.

The school choir performs at a variety of events across the year, including: Voice in a Million at Wembley Arena, Singing for patients at Barnet Hospital and raising money for charity by singing in local supermarkets.  

Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum at Summerswood. The school has invested in a daily mile track and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA). This all-weather area provides an additional year-round space for sporting activities.

To evaluate the impact of our provision leaders undertake book scrutinies, observe the quality of teaching and learning and undertake pupil voice in all subjects. As part of all monitoring, whole school areas of strength and areas for development are identified. Whole school curriculum action plans are created and implemented as a result, and then the impact of any intervention is evaluated. Moving forward, governors will also undertake regular visits to monitor the school priorities and curriculum areas; subject leader reports will be reviewed with governors at an annual curriculum review afternoon.


Reading at Summerswood

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The first steps in teaching reading are phonics and reading to and with the children – sharing and talking about books. Children in EYFS start with lists of words and picture books slowly building to books with words and then short texts. The whole school follows a set reading scheme with a very wide choice of texts within each reading band. We have an extensive range of reading books including Phonic Bugs, Oxford Reading Tree, Dandelion, Rigby Star and many others to provide a breadth of text styles and genres. 

A child on the correct band should be able to read between 90% and 95% of the words accurately. In order for children to become competent readers in addition to being able to read the words, it is essential that they have a good comprehension of what they are reading. This means that they can answer questions about the text and make inferences.


Phonics at Summerswood

At Summerswood Primary School we recognise that high quality, systematic teaching of phonics is key to the development of reading and writing.   We use the Dept for Education ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, to provide exciting and engaging ways to learn through action songs, images, stories and games.  The ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme is split into 6 phases with the different phases being covered in different years in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

  • Phase 1– Nursery / Reception
  • Phase 2– Reception
  • Phase 3– Reception
  • Phase 4– Reception / Year 1
  • Phase 5– Year 1
  • Phase 6– Year 1 / Year 2

We believe this provides a wide range of learning opportunities to engage all children.  Phonic sounds are taught in short focused, fast paced daily sessions from Nursery to Year 2 – and we ensure there are opportunities across the curriculum to embed the skills taught. The phonic sounds are taught alongside the first 100 and 200 High frequency words.

We work in partnership with parents to consolidate children’s learning at home and offer advice of how we teach in school through our open-door policy, reading record diaries, parent workshops and information sessions.



For more information about our Curriculum, please contact the school office to be put in touch with the relevant staff member.