The School Curriculum in England

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society,
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

Our lively curriculum is designed to be varied and engaging. It is delivered through a wealth of relevant, engaging learning opportunities. All our topics start with a ‘WOW Event’ to get the learning off to a sensational start. Throughout their Learning Adventure children are absorbed in their learning and they are interested in finding out more. Our pupils are resilient; they celebrate challenge and use mistakes as further opportunities to learn. The pupils at Veritas are enthusiastic learners, who relish striving to become the best that they can be.

To support our curriculum the school has invested in a number of teaching schemes to ensure best outcomes for our children. We will be hosting a number of coffee mornings to discuss these in greater detail, below is a short summary of the schemes that we will be following.

Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress and prepare them for the 2016 National Curriculum Tests.


Maths No Problem Overview

This uses approaches developed and used in Singapore schools. Singapore has become a “laboratory of maths teaching” by incorporating established international research into a highly effective teaching approach. With its emphasis on teaching pupils to solve problems, ‘Singapore Maths’ teaching is the envy of the world.

  • Singapore consistently top the international benchmarking studies for maths teaching
  • A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
  • Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning
  • Introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach
  • Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand
  • Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model

Length and Control of School Sessions

Children aged between 5 – 7 years (KS1) have a weekly session of twenty-five hours and fifty minutes, excluding lunch breaks. In each week twenty one hours and fifteen minutes is allocated by law to the school curriculum which includes Religious Education.

One hour and fifteen minutes each week is allowed for registration, fifty minutes each week is allowed for Collective Worship, two hours and thirty minutes is allowed for mid-session breaks (playtimes).

Children aged 7 – 11 years (KS2) have a weekly session of twenty-six hours excluding lunch breaks.

Times of the school day

Breakfast Club                     8.00am – 8.45 am

Children line up                   8.45am

Start of day                           8.55am

Morning break                     10.15am – 10.30am

Lunchtime                            12.15pm – 1.15pm

(Reception                            11.45am-1pm)

Assemblies                           Monday Whole School Assembly (SMSC focus) – 2.45pm

Friday Celebration Assembly – 2.30pm

End of the day                     3.30pm

After School Club                3.30pm-5.45pm


Morning Session                 8.45am-11.45am

Lunchtime session             11.45am-12:15pm

Afternoon Session              12.15pm-3.15pm