Our Curriculum


Children study in line with the national curriculum. The core subjects are English, maths, science, Information and Communication Technology. Children also learn foundation subjects including art, music, physical education, history, geography, design and technology, citizenship, personal, social and emotional education and religious education. All children will have opportunities to work with computers to support their learning.

Children work as a whole class, in small groups and on their own. Children will also be given activities to do at home.


All the children in the school take part every day in an English lesson. Using a variety of activities and learning approaches, children are taught reading, writing and spelling. Children are encouraged to use all opportunities to speak and listen to English.

Children will take home a reading scheme book - Oxford Reading Tree - every day. We use the Destination Reader approach to teach reading across the school (Y2 to Y6).


Pupils in the nursery, reception and Year 1 are taught phonics (letter sounds and names) through Read Write Inc. Children are taught in small groups and work through the programme until they are fluent in all the letter sounds and names. Children are assessed every 8 weeks. At the end of year 1 there is a national phonics screening check, which all pupils must complete.


Our curriculum is based on the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics and implemented by the use of Power Maths which promotes embedding of problem-solving and whole-class teaching within a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach.
‘Concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths’ – Maths No Problem. CPA provides our pupils with a conceptual understanding of maths. New concepts are differentiated and developed to meet the needs of the pupils. Then, gradually and systematically knowledge is built upon to further the pupil’s existing understanding.
In class, maths is very practical and is an extremely important part of our teaching approach. We offer a range of equipment to support and further the learning of our pupils and where possible, link it across the curriculum to demonstrate both its versatility and meaningfulness in everyday life. 

To see mathematics overviews see your child's relevant year group in our learning.


Religious education has an important place in the curriculum for Plaistow Primary school. The balanced curriculum provides a space for learning about people, about cultures and faiths and also relationships, tolerance, understanding and appreciation of others’ beliefs and values. It allows our children to open their minds and bring alive the thought processes that lead to a deeper understanding and greater awareness of the world and global challenges. We promote the spiritual, moral, social, emotional, cultural and intellectual development of pupils and of society by encouraging an exploration of and response to, those aspects of religious and human experience which raise fundamental questions of belief and value.

We meet together in school assemblies to think about the values we share of love, peace, respect and tolerance. We believe that our school should be a happy, caring and safe place. We want all children to achieve their full potential.

RE Overview


At Plaistow Primary School, we believe that Science is an integral part of all of our lives, with links to many other subjects, including Maths and Computing, and this is reflected in our PPC curriculum.
Our children are encouraged to solve problems, ask questions, investigate and draw on their knowledge from other subjects to develop in to keen and confident scientists. From exploring the world around them to engaging in practical biology, chemistry and physics activities. We encourage a practical and engaging experience to make learning fun and memorable.
Our children have the opportunity to explore wildlife in our pond area, to broaden their knowledge of science through experiments and we encourage them to ask questions about what they experience and learn. 
Annually, we participate in British Science week, which allows our children to engage in exciting and stimulating activities that further develop their skills as young scientists.


Children participate in two PE lessons per week . These lessons teach them specific skills within a variety sporting disciplines.


Information technology plays an important role in the delivery of the National Curriculum across all subjects. Children at our school have the opportunity to use a range of technology to learn about Computing and support their learning in other subjects.

Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and Wi-Fi access is available throughout the school for teaching and learning. Computers, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that the children use to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. Our curriculum aims to equip children with the skills to use technology safely and to a level that meets the demands of living and working in the 21st century.


At Plaistow, the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) offers opportunities for children to become increasingly familiar with the sounds and written form of Spanish whilst also developing language skills. During this process they also have a chance to discover a new exciting culture as well as developing enterprise and diversity skills ensuring they are able to broaden their thinking and aspirations.

Learning a Modern Foreign Language will allow children to foster positive attitudes towards other cultures and use their knowledge with growing confidence and competence to understand what they hear and read, and to express themselves in speech and in writing. At the same time increase their cultural awareness by learning about different countries and people.


PSHE helps to give children the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

In undertaking PSHE, children learn to recognise their own worth, how to develop and have healthy relationships, work well with others, and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences. They find out about political and social institutions which affect their lives, as well as their rights and duties as individuals and members of society.



Choosing a nursery class is a big decision and it is important that this first step into education is positive. Our Nursery class is a place where each child can:
• make friends
• express and explore their own interests and try new things
• learn to give and take – sharing and taking turns
• exercise – run, jump, climb, play games
• be creative – sing, dance, imagine, pretend, make and paint
• develop confidence, independence, resilience and concentration
• learn to use language effectively – observing, creating, experimenting, questioning, discussing, explaining, reasoning and justifying
• have fun learning and experimenting together
• have fun
We aim to provide the best possible start to each and every child's educational journey: promoting independence and confidence; monitoring and developing key personal and academic skills; celebrating and modelling core values and nurturing a love of learning. The skills and values that we will promote will prepare every child for transition into Primary School.


In Reception we want your child to:

  • be happy
  • form positive relationships
  • develop a love of learning
  • make outstanding progress

Reception works in a very similar way to nursery. Children still have free choice of activities, but these activities become more structured and link closely to the half termly theme. Each day the teacher and nursery nurses carry out small focused group tasks which help children to become confident in all areas of learning. Maths and Literacy activities take place every day and other areas are covered through free choice activities and through focused activities during the afternoons.

The areas of learning are:

  • Language for Communication – We create a language-rich environment where children can develop their skills of Listening, Understanding and Speaking. We give children lots of opportunities to talk and discuss ideas and learning with adults and each other, in pairs and in small and large groups
  • Physical Development – We practice and refine both gross and fine motor skills – exploring climbing, running and chasing, ball control and also how to use scissors an hold a pencil correctly. We also look at how to keep our bodies healthy and well.
  • Personal and Social Education – We support children in getting along with others, Making Relationships, Understanding their own Feelings and Behaviour as well as those of others
  • Literacy – We want all our children to become confident at Reading and Writing. In September, children will begin to learn phonics – the sounds letters make – in small groups. This will help to set them up to be confident readers and writers. Once children start to show confidence in using these sounds to read simple words they will begin bringing reading books home. In this way we are setting them up for success.
  • Maths – We use focus activities and everyday opportunities to show children that maths is all around us. We support children to be confident with numbers 1 to 20 and beyond – ordering them, adding, subtracting and sharing, and also teach them to count in steps of two, five and ten. We also learn about 2D and 3D shapes and learn about their properties. By the end of the year children will be using mathematical language to describe size, length, weight, capacity and time.
  • Understanding of the World – We encourage children to share what they know about their families, about the people in their community, how they live their lives, what is the same and what is different about them. We find out more about the wider world, such as: lifecycles, animals, growing, etc. We learn how to use different kinds of Technology and how things can help us to complete tasks.
  • Expressive Arts and Design – Through drama and role-play children explore stories and their own lives. We use Talk for Writing to support children’s understanding of stories, story structure and wiring. They also learn to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings through paint, clay, modelling and collage.
    We aim to provide the best possible start to each and every child's educational journey: promoting independence and confidence. Above all we make learning fun and ensure that all develop the skills to have the best possible start to their educational journey.
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  • Reception-Curriculum-Overview18-19


All children are expected to undertake some homework activities. These include daily reading, weekly spellings, weekly Mathletics activities and Reading Eggs or Reading Eggspress

Some children may need extra help with their work at school. If you think your child is having difficulties please see the teacher. If you would like to talk about your child's progress, or if you have any concerns, please arrange a time to talk to the teacher. Our school organises regular parent evenings. Parents and carers are welcome to come into school. We believe that by working together your child will succeed in school. Every year the school will give you a written report on your child's progress.