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Curriculum information

Captain’s Close Primary Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum has been written to develop children who:

  • Are inspired learners.
  • Are good citizens.
  • Are independent thinkers.
  • Have curiosity
  • Are great friends.

This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn. These aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.

Click on the link to see our  Curriculum Intent – The Big Picture Overview  to gain a great understanding of our curriculum Intentions.

Click on the link to see our  Curriculum – planning overview for whole school 


Characteristics of Learning

At the heart of our curriculum are the following eight characteristics of learning. This features in our planning and the way that children talk about their learning.

  • Confidence
  • Perseverance
  • Drive
  • Resilience
  • Curiosity
  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Independence
  • Inquisitive
  • Creativity
  • Bravery


Curriculum implementation

Our learning takes place through children developing their knowledge, skills and understanding via carefully chosen topics that will capture the children’s interests. These topics have the key drivers of ‘past, present and future’ to help the children gain a sense of what has gone before, what is happening now in the world and how they can be an agent for change in the future. Throughout each year group, six key global themes will also be explored:

  • Environment
  • Being Healthy
  • Human Rights
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Aspiration
  • Technology

This helps the children gain a clear understanding of the world they live in and how they can make a difference both now and in the future.



Children are taught spelling through the Read Write Inc scheme, which is for children in Years 2 to 6 who are starting to read more accurately, with increasing speed. With 15 minutes of daily teaching, children develop confident spelling. They are taught specific spelling rules which are then assessed at the end of the week. Click here for parental spelling advice.


Children are taught to read in whole class Guided Reading sessions. Throughout KS1, children have access to a great range of fiction and non-fiction books that are arranged using a coloured book band system.

In KS2, children are taught the reading skills: decode, retrieve, explain and choice using a range of picture books, film, fiction and non-fiction titles.

As a school, we use Accelerated Reader which assesses the children and helps teachers guide them to books that are on their individual reading levels. After each book, children are quizzed to check their understanding.

Accelerated reader guide

As a school, we value reading and have several ways to celebrate and engage our pupils:

  • Reading buddies
  • Race to a million words
  • World Book Day
  • Story Time Selfie Challenge
  • Our best books Year 5/6

At Captain’s Close, we encourage our children to be creative and independent writers. We encourage them to write clearly and with confidence across genres. The children are taught to use punctuation and grammar accurately and edit to make improvements as go they go. We value the development of correct letter formation and neatly presented handwriting through our use of PROUD. We give the children a wide range of opportunities in which to develop their writing skills and display the wonderful work they have produced. Our children love our half termly Writing Champions, which are proudly displayed in school. Through our English curriculum, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.


Captain’s Close Primary School uses the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc phonics programme to support the teaching of early reading and phonics across EYFS and Year One. To find out more about this programme, feel free to watch this short video below:

Discovery Schools Phonics Lessons

To watch our very own Discovery Trust phonics videos to support your child’s learning with phonics at home, click here


Captain’s Close Primary School is committed to embedding a Maths Mastery curriculum with pedagogies and practices built around the true principles of this.

To support this, we are using a mastery scheme produced by the White Rose Maths Hub, as well as continuing to use our knowledge of the Maths Singapore approach.

Our philosophy to the Maths Curriculum at Captain’s Close

Maths Curriculum Philosophy

In EYFS, children explore mastery in mathematics through teacher led activities as well as independent continuous provision. Children explore different representations of numbers and learn about number sense.

Here are some statements which explain what Maths lessons look like at Captain’s Close:

  • Learning questions are focussed on the use of precise mathematical vocabulary
  • Success criteria with mathematical vocabulary
  • All children will work towards the expectations of their year group and no child will be given activities relating to objectives beyond their own year group.
  • Whole class teaching
  • Vocabulary and the learning journey are displayed on working walls
  • Teachers model full sentences for answers given and encourage pupils to do the same
  • Challenges are planned throughout lessons to deepen understanding
  • Children with SEND needs who are unable to access the curriculum may have separate activities planned
  • Manipulatives are accessible to all children throughout the school and are included in lesson delivery
  • Concrete, Pictoral and Abstract stages are used throughout a lesson
  • Teacher’s questioning encourages children to give reasons for their answers to develop their reasoning skills.

To support our children learning their multiplication facts, we subscribe to the Times Table Rock stars (TTRS) website which has been extremely successful and has encouraged pupils to practice their times tables in a way that is competitive and fun. Our Battle Day, when we dressed as rock stars, really kick started this and we will continue with regular battle days from now on.

As a school we have taken pupils to the DSAT Maths conference and have been involved in maths activities in school during the DSAT Number day. We celebrated this day by holding an assembly where classes could share their learning and perform a number song, rhyme or rap learnt during the day!

Website links for parents:

 Oxford Owl Times table- Help at home

 BBC Super Movers Times Table Songs

 White Rose Maths Hub Primary Scheme of Learning

 Times Table Guide for Parents

 Maths Policy