At Clayton Village Primary School the National Curriculum is used as a framework for teaching and learning. We have adopted Chris Quigley’s Essential Curriculum to ensure that we provide breadth and depth through a creative curriculum which has a real sense of purpose, value and ignites imagination within our children.

Our school aims: Aim High, Be Respectful and Create Happy Memories, underpin our School Curriculum. We place a great importance on delivering a rich and exciting curriculum which not only meets the demands of the new National Curriculum but caters for the needs and interests of all our children. Our CVPS Super Learners are key drivers ensuring that we have a high commitment to both the academic and personal development of all our children. At CVPS we aim to develop a love of learning, thirst for knowledge and prepare our children to play a part on the world stage.

We recognise the importance of creativity in learning and promote creative thinking across all areas of school life. We strive to give all our children unique learning experiences and create happy memories. We place a high importance on school trips, visits, theme days, celebrations and run an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities.

Click here to find out more about our Super Learners


Mathematics is important in everyday life and equips children with the tools needed to understand the world around them.  The mathematics teaching in our school is geared towards enabling children to develop positive and enthusiastic approaches to mathematics as well as enabling each child to develop within their capabilities.  We teach a range of mental strategies as well as formal and informal written calculations.  We also promote cooperative learning, problem solving and investigative work so children can use and apply what they have learnt in real life contexts.
Please click here to find out more about how we teach maths


We are keen to encourage all of our children to learn and be confident with their times tables as this helps them with many aspects of Maths. ‘Pupils should be taught to … recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12’ by the end of year four.
Throughout the school we are introducing a new Times Table Award Scheme.The children will be learning and practising their tables through a range of games, activities, chanting as well as learning by rote. The children will be able to earn stickers on a chart to celebrate their achievements and a certificate when gold is achieved. Children will be given a few opportunities to earn each sticker so that they can progress at their own rate and certificates will be given out in assemblies. Further information on timestables can be downloaded here.


The easiest way to help your child with reading is to read with them each day. Children should be encouraged to read aloud and read on their own, but being read to is really important too, so don’t overlook the bedtime story!

In Reception, the focus is on recognising letters and the sounds they make.  Children learn to blend sounds together to read words as well as learning ‘tricky words’ which need to be recognised by sight. Once children can recognise the majority of letters and can blend simple words, they will be introduced to Reading Scheme books which they will bring home.  At Clayton Village we use a combination of reading schemes. These give a variety of fiction and non–fiction books to develop children’s reading range. 

It is important to remember that children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become ‘free readers’ and choose their own books.

To help your child at home

·         Read with your child every day – little and often is the best way to learn

·         Make it enjoyable – if your child is not in the mood, try again later

·         Rhyming books or stories with repetition are great fun and your child can join in too

·         Be a role model – it’s important to let your child see you and other family members reading

·         Play with letters: make them out of dough, bricks, or buy some magnetic letters and stick them on the fridge

·         Play I-spy when you go out – use the sound the letter makes, rather than its name


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  Please click here to find out more about how we teach reading.


Teaching of Phonics

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. It’s an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.

Our daily phonics sessions in Reception are fun, involving lots of speaking, listening and games. The emphasis is on children’s active participation. They learn to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.  Daily Phonics lessons continue in Year 1 and Year 2.

Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell ‘tricky words’ – words with spellings that are unusual or that children have not yet been taught. These include the words ‘to’, ‘was’, ‘said’ and ‘the’ – you can’t really break the sounds down for such words so it’s better to just ‘recognise’ them.

Please click here for our teaching phonics document.

High Frequency Words

Reception and Key Stage 1 children have to learn to read, write and spell a considerable number of High Frequency Words. The teaching of the high frequency words is linked to the teaching of phonics.  We would greatly appreciate parental support with the learning of these words.


At Clayton Village Primary School we believe that writing is a life skill and key to independent learning.  We provide an abundance of different opportunities for children to write throughout school, from ‘Have a Go Books’ in Reception to writing for different audiences and purposes in KS2. Cross–curricular links are used wherever possible to develop children’s writing skills, particularly in topic work and in science books.  We also recognise the importance of grammar in writing and ensure our children are taught all aspects needed to lead a fully functional life in our society today.

Please click here to find out more about how we teach writing.

Please click here to find out more about how we teach vocabulary.


We believe that spelling has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the curriculum and is crucial to developing a child’s confidence, motivation and self-esteem.  We provide children with a range of spelling strategies throughout school which cater for different learning styles.  Early spelling is taught through phonic work in the Early Years Foundation and Key Stage 1.  As children move from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, the emphasis shifts from the teaching of phonics to more focussed teaching of spelling strategies, conventions and rules to build upon the children’s established phonic knowledge.


We believe that most children should be able to achieve an efficient legible style of handwriting.  We also recognise that handwriting is a skill that needs to be taught.  The teaching is largely whole class based and is direct and systematic.  Children are encouraged to develop and maintain a good posture and pencil grip.  From Reception onwards they are taught to write using the school’s preferred style and this is shared with parents and carers. You can click here to see a copy of the school’s handwriting policy.


At Clayton Village Primary School, Science is taught through a cross curricular approach to create meaningful contexts for learning. The principle focus of Science teaching in KS1 is to enable our pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. As our children progress to KS2 they broaden and deepen their scientific view of the world around them. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments.  


At Clayton Village Primary School we want our children to be competent digital learners. We keep up to date with the most recent technologies and use these cross-curricular across school. 

In school, children have access to an ICT suite, a set of iPads per key stage, iPods and netbooks. The children understand how digital media is used to enhance their learning and to present it in different ways. Children are also taught about computer science, this is where children learn how the internet works and how to code using simple programs. 

A major part of computing, at Clayton Village Primary School, is to ensure children know how to be digitally literate and how to stay safe online. They are taught about reliable sites, and how to check information is correct, and how to ensure they do not break copyright whilst online. They understand the impact of their behavior online and know how to report any inappropriate activity they see.


At Clayton Village Primary School, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. We believe this to then equip them with a breadth of knowledge and skills to then become confident to then experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Art is developed through each year group with their topic, themes as well as interlinking with other subjects areas where possible. Within art and design, the children appreciate how art and design has developed through time and allows children to reflect on individual artists, think critically and in turn develop a deeper understanding of art and design and mater different techniques.

Physical Education

At Clayton Village Primary, physical education is not limited to the sporting domain. A conscious effort is made, not only in the area of sporting endeavour, but in everyday classroom activities.  We aim to give every child opportunity to develop manual dexterity, co-ordination skills, games skills and a sense of “team spirit”. We regularly take part in community sporting events. e.g. “Football in the community” - cycling proficiency, Rugby..  All these activities are open to every child in the appropriate age group.

Organised games take place each lunchtime on our playground and we have a wide selection of games and toys purchased with funds raised by the school council.

We are a partner for Thornton Grammar School who have Sports College Status, and many of their facilities are made available to us. Along with other local schools we are able to access many of their facilities and resources.  Our children are involved in regular Primary Sports tournaments and competitions and instructors coach Year 6 in some team games and athletics.

Religious Education

At CVPS we aim to ensure that our children have the essential characteristics to become religiously literate pupils. We promote a wide range of knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. We encourage or children to ask significant and reflective questions about religion and demonstrate a strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.

If you would like to find out more about the teaching of R.E. please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher who will be pleased to discuss the matter with you. Parents may withdraw their children from Religious Education or worship as laid down by law. If you wish to do so please fill in the form at the back of this booklet, and return it to school.

Worship is a focal point for meeting together as a school family and reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief.  We also celebrate other faiths, traditions and cultures to help develop an understanding of faiths other than Christianity.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

At Clayton Village Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve.

Within these four aspects, children will be encouraged to;

  • Explore beliefs, respect faiths and show consideration for other’s feelings and values.
  • Enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world.
  • Show imagination and creativity along with the ability to reflect upon this. 

We strive to provide an education that enables our children opportunities to explore and develop. Children at Clayton Village Primary school are encouraged to; develop their own beliefs, spiritual awareness, display high standards of personal behaviour and take ownership of this, demonstrate a positive and caring attitude towards others, show an understanding of their cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

Clayton Village Primary School works hard to ensure this is embedded throughout all aspects of school life for all children.

Personal Development

Personal Development is taught through our CVPS Super Learners as we believe these are the essential characteristics our children need for excellent personal development. Bronze, Silver and Gold are used to describe attainment in personal development. This is because, even as adults, these traits need to be constantly practised and kept in balance and they are therefore not age-related expectations. Please see the attached document for further information about our Personal Development curriculum.

Creative Curriculum
At Clayton Village Primary School, we deliver a creative curriculum which is driven by a topic.  These are chosen to capture the interests of our children and include subjects like; The Vikings, Evolution, Under theSsea, Castles, The Rainforest and many more exciting themes.  Topics are often launched through a hook which engages the children in their learning. Skills based learning is developed by linking subjects such as history, geography, art, design technology and music to the topic the children are studying.  This allows children to make purposeful links in their learning.  We also use every opportunity to make links through reading, writing, maths, science and ICT.  PE and RE are often taught as discreet subjects to allow coverage of the main objectives and skills needed to be taught in each year group.