Our Curriculum Aims

At Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale schools, we meet and exceed the requirements of the National Curriculum. It is our aim, through our curriculum delivery, to equip children to:

  • Understand and welcome diversity
  • Have a love of learning with a thirst for knowledge
  • Be fluent, enthusiastic readers
  • Have competent (and confident) maths skills
  • Be ambitious, inspired, articulate and curious
  • Have opportunities to be explorers
  • Be ready for the next step in their education, and later life


Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014.

The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Documents relating to the National Curriculum are available in school and the link: . If you have any concerns about the curriculum initially these will be dealt with through discussion with the class teachers or headteacher or considered to be a formal complaint under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act Circular 1/89 and the Local Authority would be consulted.

Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.


Curriculum List

Please expand on the subjects below for more information

Our School Curriculum

We ensure that effective teaching of the National Curriculum will give the pupils within our schools a broad and balanced education. Our policies, reflecting the aims of the National Curriculum, are planned to cater for the continuing personal development of each individual. We recognise that effective delivery of this curriculum is just one stage in the long-term plan for the development of our children’s education.

All of the subjects of the National Curriculum are taught in this school and emphasis is put on providing our children with comprehensive literacy and numeracy skills.

Cornerstones Curriculum

Since April 2016, our federated schools have implemented Cornerstones Curriculum to support us in designing, delivering and managing full coverage of the National Curriculum. Originally inspired by a study visit to the pre-school settings of Reggio Emilia, the Cornerstones approach centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish, where they are encouraged to explore subjects in a variety of ways and are viewed in terms of their strengths, not their weaknesses. By combining this approach with years of teaching experience, Cornerstones have developed their own four-stage teaching philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.

Click here to view The Four Cornerstones

It is the Cornerstones four stage philosophy that brings the curriculum to life. Each stage provides opportunities for children to learn and respond in a variety of ways, keeping projects flexible and able to follow children’s interests and needs. Please look at the Cornerstones website for more information:

We offer wide and diverse opportunities for learning in order to develop self-reliance, positive attitudes and an ability to apply the skills learnt in school to solve real problems.

We endeavour to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to lead a full life within our primary school and to nurture a desire for education, which will lead them to become life-long learners.

We believe that high aims and expectations produce high standards and high levels of attainment.  We make provision for intellectual, social, moral and physical development by:

  • Developing a child’s ability to communicate effectively
  • Helping pupils to acquire reading skills
  • Achieving soundness of understanding with regard to Numeracy and Literacy
  • Supporting the development of writing skills
  • Nurturing the ability to appreciate artistic and creative aspects of education
  • Fostering an awareness of the geographical, historical, scientific and social aspects of their environment and heritage
  • Developing agility and physical co-ordination – the ability to use the body efficiently and expressively
  • Having an understanding of how to live healthily
  • Instilling the values of integrity, honesty, courtesy and respect for the diversity of life and lifestyles


The children’s work will be regularly marked and children will receive positive guidance on ways to develop their skills.

We assess the work of our pupils both informally and formally and monitor each child’s attainment against national standards.

Curriculum Plans

Early Years Foundation Stage and Reception 2021-2022

KS1 Year B 2021-2022

KS1 Year A 2022-2023

KS2 Year B 2021-2022

KS2 Year C 2022-2023

KS2 Year D 2023-2024

KS2 Year A 2024-2025

Art and Design

Art and Design Long Term Plan

Art and Design Progression Map

During the time that any child spends with us we will endeavour to give him/her the experience of working with different mediums – paint, papier-mâché, clay, printing mediums, fabrics. Our studies in Art encompass an awareness of art and artists, the skills of sketching, observational drawing and colour mixing and working with 3D form.

Whenever possible we will encourage people engaged in ‘art as a profession’ to share their expertise with our pupils.

We believe that Art is an important aspect in the development of any child. It is an area of the curriculum in which every child can experience success. Within the school we try to use Art to support other study areas as well as giving full credence to its importance as a subject in its own right


Computing and E-Safety at Carlton and Bisldale

Computing Curriculum Plan

Intent – How is our curriculum delivered?

At Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale, computing is taught in discreet computing lessons on a weekly basis. The computing curriculum is delivered through our own scheme of work based and developed with the support of Purple Mash. Every lesson in our scheme has been individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place at school and so that it can meet the needs of all our pupils. Our scheme has been closely referenced against the 2014 National Curriculum attainment targets in order to ensure progression and coverage.  Having discreet lessons means that the children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Topics are carefully planned across the year and across year groups to allow pupils to revisit the skills taught at different points.

Online safety is taught under the umbrella of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and closely linked to specific events in the academic year to raise the profile of specific issues, such as online bullying with anti-bullying week to allow the pupils to see the connections of what they are being taught in the real world. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum.

In computing lessons, the children will use either iPads or laptops in order to access a range of apps and software. Discreet computing lessons will focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science. Pupils are also given many opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to other areas of the curriculum, for example, when producing presentations or researching using the internet at several points across their weekly lessons. Children’s progress is assessed termly against our formative assessment tool. Children are given feedback and ways to improve their work either verbally or through written feedback in their books.

For an overview of the creative content in Computing for the whole school, please click below.

Purple Mash Scheme of Work Overview with mixed age

Impact – What difference is our curriculum having on pupils?

Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. The quality of children’s learning is evident in the pupil’s books and in their folders on the network. Evidence such as this is used to feed into teachers’ assessment and future planning. The curriculum has been designed to allow teachers are to revisit skills and knowledge and build upon it, ensuring progression and bridging gaps, when necessary.

Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in computing lessons equips pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces, as well as providing them with the tools to cope with the pressures of a fast-paced and ever-changing digital society. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools, digital resilience and critical thinking, computing at Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests, careers and vocations in the next stage of their lives.

Purple Mash

Click here to view Carlton Faceby’s log in area

English & Phonics

English Long Term Plan

Grammar Long Term Plan

Reading and Phonics

Writing Over view

Progression of Skills in English

Y1 English

Y2 English

Y3 English

Y4 English

Y5 English

Y6 English


Our aim is to provide the skills that are necessary to enable each child to be literate in the very broadest sense of the word – by being an active user of language – reading, writing and speaking. Children are given tasks at appropriate and differentiated levels. Where appropriate, Information Technology is used to enhance or support their work.

Reading Overview

We are committed to teaching our pupils to become skilled readers who develop a comprehensive understanding of words, language and texts as they move through school. They learn to read and then read to learn. Through using a range of strategies, our aim is to ensure that pupils develop a love of reading so that they can read for purpose and for pleasure. We provide pupils with a range of strategies in order to do this.

EYFS and KS1

For a child to enjoy reading, they need to be able to access texts at their level. All individual and group reading books in reception and KS1 match the pupils’ phonic knowledge, ensuring all words can be decoded. Each book is placed into a phase corresponding with the Rising Stars Rocket Phonics programme used in school. In each phase, books progress by introducing new sounds whilst also revisiting previously learnt sounds. Pupils’ reading books are chosen according to their phonic ability. This is to ensure that all pupils can read the book rather than having to sound out every single grapheme as the latter often results in reluctant readers.


In KS2, there is a daily reading lesson. Sessions are centred on high-quality texts chosen by the class teacher, often linking closely with the overarching topic within their class. Specific reading skills are then explicitly taught and practised. While reading skills are being taught explicitly, the reading content is relevant, inspiring and purposeful and becomes the driver for developing wider subject knowledge.


Systematic synthetic phonics is taught using the Rocket Phonics programme throughout Reception and Year 1. This is used to ensure the pupils are taught new phonemes in a particular order using the four-part lesson format: revise, teach, practise and apply. Whole-class teaching takes place on a daily basis.

Rocket Phonics teaches one letter-sound correspondence over two days. The first day focuses on blending skills and the second day focuses on segmenting skills. Reading and writing are interlinked so there will naturally be overlap, but by separating the skills and spreading them across two days, the teacher has greater clarity over which skill is being taught, practised or applied. The children have more time and more opportunity to learn, practise and apply the skills using the new letter-sound correspondences before moving on.

The two-day pattern is repeated twice through the week, leaving the fifth day as an opportunity for further consolidation, assessment, enrichment activities or as a focus lesson on common exception words.

In Year 2 systematic synthetic phonics continues to be taught using the National Curriculum learning prefixes and suffixes using the Jane Considine Spelling Book scheme. Children are also taught to explore etymology and develop spelling patterns based on their understanding of the root of a word.


From Year 2 to Year 6, we use Jane Considine’s Spelling Book, which provides a coherent system for teaching spelling consistently and supports pupils to define what it means to be an effective speller. The children explore the patterns of spellings, to investigate spelling rules, remember, and recall these spellings throughout the year. Our spelling approach removes spelling tests and instead prioritises in-class investigations, modelling and assessment. Spelling from Year 2 to Year 6 is taught in blocks of 2 weeks.

On our federated Friday’s, children complete spelling investigations. Pupils are given a hypothesis and work as spelling detectives to see if they think it is true, false or sometimes true. This facilitates pupils to be word gatherers, sorters, pattern-finders and interrogators.

After completing their investigations, children then become ‘grapheme grafters’. Children, using their knowledge of phonemes and graphemes, investigate fifteen spellings by identifying the tricky parts and making sound associations. In addition, children have 10-minute spelling sessions which aim to reinforce punctuation rules and spelling patterns taught previously.


To support our writing curriculum, we use “The Write Stuff” by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing.  “The Write Stuff” follows a method called “Sentence Stacking” which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together chronologically and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.  An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken in to 3 learning chunks. Each learning chunk has three sections:

  1. Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
  2. Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
  3. Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.

Children are challenged to ‘Deepen the Moment’ which requires them to independently draw upon previously learnt skills and apply them to their writing during that chunk.

“The Write Stuff” uses three essential components to support children in becoming great writers




The three zones of writing:

  • IDEAS – The FANTASTICs uses a child friendly acronym to represent the nine idea lenses through which children can construct their ideas.
  • TOOLS – The GRAMMARISTICS. The grammar rules of our language system and an accessible way to target weaknesses in pupil’s grammatical and linguistic structures.
  • TECHNIQUES – The BOOMTASTICs, which helps children, capture 10 ways of adding drama and poetic devices to writing in a vivid visual.


The children are taught to develop a script, which is based on the Nelson scheme. We feel that the presentation of work is very important because it is a means of communicating; and as such should be legible and well formed. Well-presented work can encourage a child to take a pride in his/her work.

Speaking and Listening

We provide opportunities for ideas to be discussed with others. In this way we feel that we are building on foundations, already laid before a child begins school. Children are encouraged to express their views and support them with relevant facts. We encourage pupils to appreciate the importance of listening to the views of others. By listening to others, they will, with consideration, understanding and careful thought learn how to judge what is fair and acceptable. We teach, and regularly consolidate, listening skills.

At Bilsdale and Carlton Schools, we believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school by creating and valuing welcoming book areas in all classrooms. Alongside this we run a weekly reading raffle to encourage and value the children’s reading at home.

Parents are integral part in the children’s ‘reading journey’. We promote children to read at home on a daily basis and communication between school and home is recorded in a ‘Reading Record’. Children who read at home at least four times a week are entered into a weekly reading raffle.

Design and Technology

Geography long term Plan

Geography Progression Map

Within our school we teach the geographical skills and awareness issues which are outlined in the National Curriculum

We try to make our children aware that many aspects of geography impact upon other subjects including science.

The school aims to give the children an awareness of the world in which they live by exploring map skills, environmental and resource issues and ensuring that our pupils have knowledge and understanding of the effect of climate upon people’s lives and animal habitats.


History Long Term Plan

History Progression Map

The National Curriculum gives children wide exposure to topics of local, national and international interest. Attention is given to supporting our history studies by involvement with our local heritage.

We encourage an investigative approach to history and wherever possible educational visits will be used to support our studies. One of our main aims is to encourage a sense of chronology.


What are the aims of our curriculum?

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.

Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Our mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

How will teachers deliver the curriculum?

As a school, we have decided to follow White Rose Maths. The White Rose scheme of learning is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. The White Rose scheme has number at its heart and a lot of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency. It also provides opportunities to build reasoning and problem-solving into each lesson. White Rose believes that all children, who are introduced to a concept, should have the opportunity to build on their abilities by following a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.

Concrete – Children should have the opportunity to use mathematical objects to help them envisage what written numbers represent.

Pictorial – Children should have the opportunity to use pictures as representations to continue to support them in visualising what written numbers represent.

Abstract – Abstract learning is the use of digits and words to represent numbers.


In Early Years, we focus on high-quality environments and meaningful interactions with staff and each other. Our enabling environment and skilful adult interactions support the children as they begin to link learning to their play and exploration. We place an emphasis on studying key skills of number, calculation measurement and shape so that pupils develop deep understanding and the correct mathematical language.

Pupils learn through games and tasks using concrete manipulatives which are then rehearsed and applied to their own learning during exploration. Pupils begin to develop these key skills during a daily maths input where they explore sorting, quantities, shape, number and counting awareness.

These early mathematical experiences are carefully planned to ensure pupils remember the content they have been taught and to support them with integrating their new knowledge across the breadth of their experiences and into larger concepts.

As well as following the Statutory framework, we follow the non-statutory guidance for EYFS – Development Matters. Using this, children in their reception year will be learning to:

  • Count objects, actions & sounds
  • Subitise
  • Link a number symbol with its cardinal value
  • Count beyond ten
  • Compare numbers
  • Understand the one more than / one less than relationship of consecutive numbers
  • Explore the composition of numbers to ten
  • Automatically recall number bonds for numbers 0-5 and some to 10
  • Select, rotate and manipulate shapes to develop spatial reasoning skills
  • Compose and decompose shapes so that children recognise a shape can have other shapes within it, just as numbers can
  • Continue, copy and create repeating patterns
  • Compare length, weight & capacity

Click here to view the EYFS Maths

KS1 and KS2

To reflect the cohort groupings for 2021-22, we have adjusted the long-term White Rose plan to enable similar topics to be delivered in our mixed age classes. We have ensured that units build on each other maintaining skill progression starting with place value and number. KS1 and KS2 are taught maths daily. There is a focus on mental arithmetic and pupils encouraged to learn times tables both at school and at home using our learning platforms. During maths sessions, pupils acquire and practise skills and have opportunities reason mathematically and use and apply their skills to solve problems.

Click here to view the Long-Term Plan

What are the intended outcomes for pupils?

Pupils have a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems with them. Pupils will achieve age related expectations in Maths at the end of their cohort year.

EYFS pupils

The Early Learning Goals in Maths are:


Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;
  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Numerical Patterns

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

National Curriculum for KS1 pupils

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools]. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

National Curriculum for Lower KS2 pupil (Y3 and Y4)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number. By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work. Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.

National Curriculum for Upper KS2 pupil (Y5 and Y6)

The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.

Mathematical Calculations Booklet

Do you ever watch your children doing their mathematics homework and get bewildered by the methods they are using?

Do you ever try to help but find it is difficult and it leads to frustration either on the part of you or your children?

Do you ever try to teach your child the methods you learnt at school and your child ends up confused?

Click here to access our calculations policy – Multiplication and Division

Click here to access our calculations policy – Addition and Subtraction

To help clarify the methods of calculation we use in school, for the four rules of number, you can click on the link above to access a booklet help both you and your children.

As a general guide:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 use stages 1 – 3

Year 3 and Year 4 use stages 4 – 5

Year 5 and Year 6 use stages 6 – 7

There may however be times when your child remains on an earlier stage to enhance their understanding and confidence or is moved on to a higher stage.

Click here to view the Y1 Mid-Term Plan

Click here to view the Y2 Mid-Term Plan

Click here to view the Y3 Mid-Term Plan

Click here to view the Y4 Mid-Term Plan

Click here to view the Y5 Mid-Term Plan

Click here to view the Y6 Mid-Term Plan


Music Progression Map

Music Development Plan

Singing, composition and musical appreciation are taught each week.

Peripatetic music tuition can be provided through the county’s music services, though it should be noted there is a charge for this service. Currently we have pupils learning guitar, violin and brass.

At Christmas each school has a nativity performance at their local community church and in the summer we have a summer production. Sometimes this is a musical production and other years it is a Variety Show of the high class talents we have in our schools.

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning Outcomes Overview French

MFL Long Term Plan

French is taught to all of the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two pupils on a weekly basis.

Where appropriate the children’s study is linked to the main theme being covered through other areas of the curriculum.

Physical Education

PE and Sport at Carlton and Bilsdale

PE Curriculum Plan

PE Curriculum Map

At Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale, we recognise the importance of Primary PE and Sport and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. Our children are offered a breadth of experiences in PE and Sport. They have opportunities to participate in activities such as games, dance, gymnastics and athletics. Every child is included in physical education and they are encouraged to be the best that they can be.

Association for Physical Education’s view of Physical Education is as follows:

The aim of physical education is to develop physical competence so that all children are able to move efficiently and safely and understand what they are doing. The outcome- physical literacy-is as important to children’s overall development as literacy and numeracy’.

At Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale we promote the values of respect, friendship, courage, equality and inspiration giving the children knowledge, skills and motivation to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoyment of physical activity and sport. We are committed to ensuring that every child has:

A sense of well-being.

A stronger sense of self-esteem.

Their co-ordination improves along with their rhythm and timing.

They show improved concentration and application to tasks using Complete PE resources.

Intent – How does our PE curriculum set out the knowledge and skills that pupils gain at each stage?

It is our intention at Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale, to teach children life skills that will impact positively on their future. We aim to develop a well-balanced, resilient child who is ready for the 21st Century. One who has skills and the knowledge that are required to help them to succeed and make healthy choices in our ever-changing modern world. Through participation in PE and extracurricular activities we provide the foundations for a healthy lifestyle and promotes character building, self-esteem and enjoyment in a variety of physical activities and challenges. High quality teaching and learning opportunities inspire and nurture children to succeed, that in turn teaches children how to co-operate and how to collaborate with others to understand fairness and equality.

The Implementation of our PE Curriculum

Children at Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale participate in weekly high-quality PE and Sporting activities. The Primary PE Curriculum is designed to incorporate the development of children’s confidence, resilience and an appreciation of not only their own strengths and weaknesses but also that of their peers. All children from Reception to Year 6 are provided with the opportunity to engage in Extra Curricular Activities. An inclusive approach aims to encourage every child to be the best that they can possibly be. We teach the children the Social and Emotional aspects of PE as well as the Physical, which affects their mindset and improves their mental health and well-being. Children are encouraged to move out of their comfort zones and to challenge themselves on a daily basis; this includes competing in competitive sports. Staff are committed to ensure that every child has a sense of wellbeing, a stronger sense of self-esteem, improved concentration, improved co-ordination, along with co-operating and collaborating with others.

Evaluating the Impact of our PE Curriculum

Increased levels of fitness and well-being of our children at Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale, encouraged through not only the sporting skills being taught but through the underpinning values and disciplines that PE promotes. Children develop self -discipline, resilience; along with taking ownership for their own health and fitness. The PE Curriculum motivates children to use the underpinning skills that they have learnt in an independent and effective way to live happy and healthy lives.

At Carlton & Faceby and Bisldale, we incorporate the lifelong values borne from London 2012 Olympics as a foundation for supporting behaviour and academic progress across the school by way of adopting and displaying a commitment to the:

Olympic Values




Paralympic Values






School Swimming

Since 1994, swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the National Curriculum for Physical Education in England. This means that every 11-year old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.

The three National Curriculum outcomes state that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage One or Key Stage Two and that children must:

– swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

– use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

– perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

For all our pupils unable to complete any of the above  they will be expected to take part in swimming lessons before they leave Carlton and Faceby at the end of Year 6. This is a National requirement for pupils. Our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils are attending Block 1 of swimming lessons at Stokesley Leisure Centre during Autumn Term. Our Lower key stage 2 pupils will be attending during blocks 2 and 3 in terms Spring 1 and Spring 2.

Primary PE & Sports Premium

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. This funding must be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport we offer.

We use the premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that we already offer.
  • Build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.

The school applies the following DfE Vision Statement to the core of all planned initiatives associated with the Premium:

‘All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport’.

At Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale we address progress in accordance with the nationally prescribed five indicators that are:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport.

We comply with meeting the statutory requirement, as instructed by Department for Education, to ensure that information on the use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium is made available to parents on our school website. Whilst accountability rests with all schools by way of how the funding is spent, it is the case that all schools must annually provide online evidence of actual spend and long-term impact based upon the following areas:

  • The amount of premium received
  • A full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent)
  • The impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
  • How the improvements will be sustainable in the future.

For further information on Sports Premium please view PE and Sports Premium in About Us – Funding.


Click here to view the Science Long Term Plan

Click here to view the Science Progression Map

In line with the new curriculum the children will undertake a wide range of scientific studies, promoting learning through first hand experience. Much of the science is topic based and can be approached in a variety of ways – group work, whole class work and individual investigations.

We aim to give pupils opportunities to observe, select and use appropriate equipment to design their investigations.

Testing and recording are taught in order to help pupils to present and interpret their results and to be able to construct fair tests.
Through science we encourage our pupils to develop a scientific way of understanding the world in which we live.

Religious Education

Religious education for both schools is provided within the framework of the guidance of the Dioceses of Leeds and York Diocesan Syllabus for RE.  Because Carlton & Faceby School has voluntary aided status, the governors are required to consider making provisions for Church of England denominational teaching under the Trust Deed for any pupils whose parent/guardian require such an arrangement.  To the present day there have been no such requests and the governors hope that the existing good educational practice whereby all pupils learn together in normal teaching groups will be able to continue. 

Whilst our religious ethos is Church of England we ensure that the children are taught religious awareness and respect. 

RE Plan and Progression Map

PSHE / Well-being

PHSE at The Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale C of E Federation

Curriculum Overview Map


At The Carlton & Faceby and Bilsdale C of E Federation, PSHE is at the core of what we do and enables our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible members of society, as well as developing the “whole child” intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually. Through our whole-school approach to PSHE, it is our belief that excellence in these areas will lead to excellence across the curriculum and beyond in later life. PSHE is taught across the school from Reception- Year 6 on a weekly basis and as a school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. With an ever-changing society, we are able to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community. Weaving through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to enhancing and promoting our core Christian Values; Faith, Hope and Trust.


Implementation – How will we deliver the curriculum?

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, and to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

Jigsaw PSHE directs our aim on developing the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum approach to developing knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of;

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

Jigsaw 3-11 offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

Jigsaw consists of six half-term units of work (Puzzles), each containing six lessons (Pieces) covering each academic year.

  • Term 1: Being Me in My World
  • Term 2: Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
  • Term 3: Dreams and Goals
  • Term 4: Healthy Me
  • Term 5: Relationships
  • Term 6: Changing Me (including Sex Education)

Every Piece has two Learning Intentions, one specific to Relationships and Health Education (PSHE) (in purple) and the other designed to develop emotional literacy and social skills (in green).

Puzzles are launched with a whole-school assembly containing an original song, with each year group studying the same unit at the same time (at their own level), building sequentially through the school year, facilitating whole-school learning themes.

The various teaching and learning activities are engaging and mindful of different learning styles and the need for differentiation and the Early Years (EYFS) planning is aligned to the National Early Years Framework (England).

Each lesson is built upon a Charter which underpins the behaviour and respect that is the basis for each lesson (one is provided within Jigsaw, but children and their teacher can write their own to ensure mutual respect and ownership).

The lessons then split into 6 parts, all of which should be included in every session to ensure that the learning follows the optimum progression.

Connect us – This is a game or activity designed to be fun and inclusive and to build and maximise social skills. ‘Connect us’ engenders positive relationships and enhances collaborative learning. It sets the atmosphere at the beginning of each Jigsaw Piece and can be used again at the end should the teacher feel the atmosphere needs to be lifted after some deep work during the lesson.

Calm me – This section of the Piece helps children gain awareness of the activity in their minds, relaxing them and quietening their thoughts and emotions to a place of optimum learning capacity. This will also engender a peaceful atmosphere within the classroom. It is an invaluable life skill which also enhances reflection and spiritual development. This underpins the mindful approach advocated in Jigsaw

Open my mind – The Reticular Activating System of the brain filters the many stimuli entering the child’s mind at any given time. It is designed only to allow in that which is significant. Therefore, it is important to engage this system with the most important aspects of learning intended for each Piece (lesson). If we do this well, it will enable children to filter out activity around them not significant to this learning intention, thereby improving concentration and learning.

Tell me or show me – This section of the Piece (lesson) is used to introduce new information, concepts and skills, using a range of teaching approaches and activities.

Let me learn – Following Piaget’s learning model, after receiving new information/concepts, children need to manipulate, use, and play with that new information in order for it to make sense to them and for them to ‘accommodate’ it into their existing learning.

Help me reflect -Throughout Jigsaw, children are encouraged to reflect on their learning experiences and their progress. By reflecting, children can process and evaluate what they have learnt, which enables them to consolidate and apply their learning. They are also asked to stop and become aware of their thoughts and feelings in any given moment in Pause Points (brief pauses within the lesson where the children can have a couple of moments to just stop and be to consider whether what they are learning may be particularly meaningful to them).

Closure – Each Piece needs safe closure. This will always include the teacher praising the children for their effort, positive attitude and achievement, as well as giving one or two sentences to summarise the key learning points for the children.


Impact – What are the intended outcomes?

What will this look like? By the time children leave our school they will:

For all children to have a ready willingness and ability to try new things, push themselves and persevere. To have a good understanding of how to stay safe, healthy and develop good relationships. To have an appreciation of what it means to be a positive member of a diverse, multicultural society. To have a strong self-awareness, interlinked with compassion of others.

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Jigsaw Information for parent/carers

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