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Shepley First School


Please see our class pages for our curriculum overviews.


The English curriculum at Shepley covers written English, spoken English, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling. We use Hamilton Trust plans following the outcomes in the National Curriculum.


English lessons take place daily and involve working towards the writing outcomes. Preparation for writing is through reading, drama, speaking and listening activities. The children take part in whole class shared writing, group and independent writing. We aim to develop the children's creative writing alongside technical skills and create opportunities for writing across the curriculum. 


Children are provided with lots of oppoprtunities to develop reading skills which include: whole class shared reading, focus group reading with the teacher, group reading with their peers, reading a class book and independent reading.

Shared reading

Children will have opportunity to read and share a range of texts daily in English lessons and in other areas of the curriculum. In KS1 they share books at storytime and in KS2, they read a class novel.

Guided reading

Children have a weekly guided reading session which involves a small group teacher focus activity on a text. The text is aimed slightly above the children's ability, but with teacher support, enables children to develop their reading ability and comprehension skills. Guided reading takes place daily and in addition to a weekly teacher focus task, children complete a range of tasks including: comprehensions, grammar and punctuation, handwriting and spelling investigations/games, ICT based texts and a reading for enjoyment session.

Individual reading

Children are given daily opportunities to read independently. They are given a reading scheme book and a library book of their own choice to share at home. In KS1, children have access to books from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme. KS2 have access to a range of schemes and when they are secure, free readers they are given challenging books.



In Maths we are currently following the White Rose Maths Hub Schemes of Learning. They are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. Each objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving, which are the key aims of the curriculum.


In the National Curriculum 2014, there is no requirement for foreign language teaching until Key Stage 2 (age 7). At Shepley all children learn French, starting in Reception  (age 4), giving our children a significant head start in foreign language.

International Primary Curriculum

Teachers teach the foundation subjects in a cross curricular way and may choose to follow the IPC.

  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • PE
  • ICT
  • Music
  • International
  • Society
  • Design & Technology
  • Science

The IPC is one of the fastest-growing curricula in the world, and is now taught in over 1500 schools in 85 countries, about 1000 of them in the UK. The IPC is based on the principles of learning being engaging, rigorous, and internationally-minded.

The curriculum is based around units of work, each of which has a strong unifying theme. This theme is explored over the course of one to two months, leaving the pupils with a strong holistic understanding of the topic as well as a feeling of personal ownership of their learning. The pupils study between 6 and 8 units per year.

The IPC is a deliberately flexible curriculum that relies on the expertise of teachers and their understanding of their pupils to map out their own way through each theme. This allows teachers to tailor their lessons according to the needs of their classes, with their knowledge of each individual child, their learning styles and interests, and any additional support or extension they might need for each topic.

The IPC is a rigorous curriculum. Learning is assessed in three ways: knowledge, skills, and understanding. Each of these is addressed and assessed differently: for example, children’s knowledge can be evaluated through a test or quiz, whilst children’s skills must be assessed through teacher observation. In order to reach the ambitious learning goals laid out in each IPC unit, children must display a good level of all three facets of learning.

To find out more about the IPC please visit their website.



The document below is a useful guide for parents about the National Curriculum.  Please see your child’s class page for the long term curriculum plan for their year group and a more detailed half termly plan about the curriculum they will experience each half term.

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