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Curriculum Intent Statement 

At Ainderby Steeple CE Primary School our curriculum, centred around Christian values, is designed to inspire enthusiasm for learning, to ensure achievement and to support pupil well-being and happiness.

We aim to develop independence by exemplifying hope and endurance so that our children will develop resilience.  Through the development of a cross-curricular approach where we can, we will enable our children to make meaningful links within their learning.

We celebrate our small school identity: being one family, building strong relationships, celebrating diversity, encouraging respect and building a strong sense of community. Through teaching compassion and service our children become kind and caring, showing love for others. Our buddy system, Religious Education, PSHCE lessons and collective worship promote positive attitudes which reflect the values and skills needed for future learning and success.

We aim for children to feel prepared for the time they leave us to move to secondary school, equipped with the necessary life skills they need for the future. Children leave Ainderby Steeple CE Primary School with a sense of belonging and are proud that they have developed the confidence and skills needed to be learners for life.


Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum 2014 and has to be reviewed regularly in order to meet the needs of our small school. Class structure can change each year due to the size of different year groups. Because of the annual changing class structure and mixed age classes, it is not possible for topics like history to run in sequence, however coverage of all areas are guaranteed through careful planning each year to ensure progression.

It provides and acknowledges success for all children, in all aspects of their development and it recognises, encourages and celebrates all types of talent.

We ensure the curriculum is inclusive and ambitious for all pupils including our high number of children with special educational needs. We ensure needs are met through interventions and whole class approaches.

Teamwork and responsibility are an essential part of our curriculum and we enable children to take on key roles, becoming involved in the local community and enabling them to take an active part in events throughout the year.


The class teachers will continually carry out formative assessment in all areas of the curriculum. This will be through questioning, observations, discussions and evidence in books. Teacher’s will then track their children once a term and assess whether they are working below age related expectations, working at age related expectations or working above age related expectations.

For English and Maths we use National assessments – Early Learning Goals, Year 1 Phonic Screening, Year 2 assessments, Y4 times table screening, Y6 assessments. We use PIRA,PUMA and GAPS assessments each term to assess the children’s learning and to identify gaps in learning.

Long term plans

Class 1 Reception and Year 1 Click here

Class 2 Year 1 and year 2 Click here

Class 3 Year 3 and year 4 Click here

Class 4 Year 5 and year 6 Click here 

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