We have developed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest National Curriculum review in 2014.

Our curriculum continues to ensure that our children's learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements of the English and Mathematics curriculum. Our topic-based cross-curricular planning provides children with a rich, broad and exciting curriculum, that meets national guidelines as well as inspiring creativity, an enjoyment of learning and is focused on the needs of our children and their specific circumstances.

The core subjects in the National Curriculum are English, Mathematics and Science.

Foundation subjects are History, Geography, Computing, Design and Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Modern Foreign Languages to children in KS2.

For each of these subjects the National Curriculum specifies:

  • Attainment targets: objectives for what is to be learned at each key stage by the age of 7, 11, 14 and 16.

  • Programmes of study: the essential ground to be covered in order to meet these objectives.

  • Assessment arrangements: to find out how pupils are progressing through their school career.

Children spend on average 22.5 hours per week on National Curriculum learning activities. Further details about the National Curriculum can be found on the website. Please see our Teaching and Learning Policy.

Curriculum Year Grids

Please see below the Curriculum Year Grids for each Class for 2020-2021.

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5 

Curriculum Newsletters

Every term each class sends out a Curriculum Newsletter to their parents.  This provides more detail about the curriculum that the children will be studying.  The latest newsletters are attached below:

Class 1 - Year R

Class 1 - Year 1

Class 2 - Year 1

Class 2 - Year 2

Class 3 - Year 3

Class 3 - Year 4

Class 4 - Year 4

Class 4 - Year 5

Class 5

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Cradley spans across our Nursery and Reception year (ages 2 to 5). The work that children do is based around the children’s interests and ideas which helps to develop an exciting learning environment for the children to grow and develop. The children are assessed against Development Matters which tracks their development from the moment that they start at Nursery to when they leave Reception. Their developments are recorded as observations and put onto our online learning journey called Tapestry. All parents have daily access to this which allows them to be involved with their children’s learning.

At the end of Reception all children are assessed to form an Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP). The EYFSP is a summary of your child’s attainment at the end of Reception.

The profile measures your child’s attainment in 17 areas of learning, known as Early Learning Goals (ELGs). These are:

Communication and language development

  • Listening and attention

  • Understanding (eg, following instructions, responding to questions)

  • Speaking

Physical development

  • Moving and handling (showing good control and coordination in large movements, such as climbing, and small, such as using scissors)

  • Health and self-care

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Self-confidence and self-awareness

  • Managing feelings and behaviour

  • Making relationships


  • Reading

  • Writing


  • Numbers

  • Shape, space and measures

Understanding of the world

  • People and communities

  • The world

  • Technology

Expressive arts and design

  • Exploring and using media and materials (including music and dance)

  • Being imaginative

In each of these areas, the ELGs set out what the average child is expected to be able to do at the age of five. For example, the Number goal says that pupils should be able to count reliably from one to 20, place these numbers in order, and say which number is one less or one more than a given number. They should be able to add and subtract two single-digit numbers, and count on or back to find the answer. They should also be able to solve simple problems such as doubling, halving and sharing.

In addition to the 17 ELGs, the EYFS profile will include information about how your child is developing in three ‘characteristics of effective learning’. These are:

  • Playing and exploring

  • Active learning

  • Creating and thinking critically

These three characteristics play an important part in your child’s ability to learn and progress. They also enable their Year 1 teacher to understand their level of development and their learning needs as they move into Key Stage 1.

KS1 National Tests

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children at the end of Year 1. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

Children in Year 2 are required by law to sit end-of-year tests in Reading and Mathematics. Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation tests are optional for Year 2. Children are given two reading and two mathematics tests during May. Writing is teacher assessed, where the class teacher reports their judgements for each child’s writing levels. The tests in Reading and Mathematics are taken into account but judgements at Year 2 are Teacher Assessed.

KS2 National Tests

Children in Year 6 are required by law to sit end-of-year tests in Reading, Mathematics and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.  Writing is assessed by the teacher and this is moderated externally on a regular basis.  These results form part of the information that is published nationally about our school.


At Cradley, children are regularly assessed in reading and are moved through the reading levels based on their reading word level, fluency and comprehension. We encourage the children to engage with a text three times to build up their fluency and aid their comprehension. Parents are given comprehension questions to support with reading at home.

Our main aim is to promote a love of reading through quality resources which are updated regularly.  We have a well-resourced library where the children can engage with books linked to their topics.


At Cradley we recognise the importance of correct spelling within our written work.  In KS1 this is supported by the phonics programme Read Write Inc.  A spelling rule is taught at the start of each week and spelling is practised in 15-minute sessions daily through games and sentence work.  Spellings are tested at the end of each week.  Children are encouraged to use a broad and rich vocabulary in their writing.


We use a rich variety of published fiction and non-fiction in our English lessons to inspire the children’s writing and to build imagination, introducing them to many different authors and types of writing.


At Cradley we follow a phonics programme called Read Write Inc.

In Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons, children learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

Throughout the programme, children learn 150+ graphemes that represent 44 speech sounds. They rapidly learn sounds and the letters. High-frequency words that are not phonetically decodable are taught as ‘tricky’ red words and are practised frequently.

RWI - Reading

Children read a story three times. On the first read they focus on accurate word reading; the second, on developing fluency; and on the third read, comprehension.

Accuracy - children learn to:

  • Read new sounds and review sounds taught so far

  • Sound-out unfamiliar words

  • Understand the meaning of new words

  • Read the story (first time)

Fluency - children learn to:

  • Read words in the story speedily

  • Track the story

  • Read the story with increased speed (second read)

Comprehension - children learn to:

  • Predict outcomes

  • Discuss and compare key events in the story

  • Read with a storyteller’s voice (expression)

RWI - Writing

The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to write, until they are confident to write independently.

Transcription - children learn to:

  • Develop handwriting styles

  • Spell common words with common graphemes and suffixes

  • Spell common words with unusual graphemes

  • Write a prepared sentence with correct spelling and punctuation

Composition - children learn to:

  • Build and rehearse their own sentences based on the ideas of the story

  • Apply new grammar concepts linked to the story

  • Use new vocabulary in their writing

  • Edit their writing to correct grammar and punctuation

  • Write a composition based on the storybook they have read

  • Edit their own and their partner’s writing

If you require any further information about the curriculum at Cradley, please contact a member of the teaching staff.

Equality Act and Children with Additional Need

We make sure that we are constantly evaluating the effectiveness of our curriculum to meet the needs of the children we have in school. We will differentiate, adapt and offer support to enable all learners to achieve.


Assessment forms the core of highly effective teaching and learning.  Our statement of Assessment Principles has been amalgamated into our Assessment Policy.  

The staff continually reflect on our approaches to teaching and learning and we use a variety of different approaches to engage and excite the children in their learning.  Our Learning and Teaching Policy reflects this.