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The Curriculum

We aim to offer a broad, well balanced curriculum for children aged 4-11 years based on the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Suffolk Schools.

The timetable has been structured to focus on the key curriculum elements of Literacy and Numeracy (English and Maths).  Each subject is taught in a clearly defined session within the morning timetable. 

The afternoon sessions deal with the creative curriculum where other elements of the national curriculum (computing, geography, history, art, music, PE etc) are taught either as discrete topics or integrated into overarching topics. These topics bring together all core subjects and place learning within a wider context.

Staff at Yox Valley Schools aim to ensure that children know how they are progressing in the core elements of the curriculum and achieve this in a number of ways:

  • Pupil Progress Meetings- A one to one discussion to talk about progress and set individual learning targets.
  • Mid-term parent consultation evenings.
  • Clearly defining the objectives of each lesson showing what is being learnt and why it is being learnt.

The schools uses a system called Pupil Asset to record and monitor the developments and progress levels and rates of each individual child.  This allows the class teacher to work with the senior leadership team to monitor progress and achievements on a regular basis.

In Key Stage 1, the schools use the Phonics Play scheme and the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

Curriculum Statement - Maths

At Yox Valley Partnership we believe that all children can achieve at Maths. Our staff combine a positive mindset with strong subject knowledge to encourage a love of learning and a resilience that enables everyone to achieve.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2017 sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years old and supports an integrated approach to early learning.  In relation to Mathematics, this involves providing children with opportunities to

  • develop and improve their skills in counting
  • understanding and using numbers
  • calculating simple addition and subtraction problems
  • describe shapes, spaces, and measure

In Years 1 to 6 teachers follow the White Rose Scheme of Work which enables all pupils to learn key concepts and skills, and is based around the principles of mastery that is suitable for all pupils. White Rose aims to build a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress.

The White Rose schemes of Learning can be found by following this link


These documents will help you understand the process and steps that we use to teach the different calculation methods:

Calculation Policy-Guidance.pdf

White Rose Calculation-Guidance.pdf


Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning and is a continuous process and is used to inform future planning and teaching. Teachers make assessments of children daily through;

· regular marking of work

· analysing errors and picking up on misconceptions

· asking questions and listening to answers

· facilitating and listening to discussions

· making observations

Termly assessments are carried out across the school using the assessment materials for each year group provided by the White Rose Maths Hub in line with the schemes of learning.

In the EYFS, children’s achievements are on-going and are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. These are captured on Tapestry, which is an on-line Early Years Learning Journey.

Teachers in Years 1 to 6 track the progress on Pupil Asset Tracking tool which sets out the learning objectives for each year group, and can then be used to set targets for individuals.

Times Tables Rocks Stars

All our schools subscribe to Times Tables Rocks Stars which is a carefully sequenced programme of times tables practice. Each child in Key Stage 2 has their own login which they can use at home and in school. It is proving to be highly competitive and addictive, but most importantly the pupil engagement is showing a huge improvement in the knowledge and recall of the times tables.

Curriculum Plans