The new National Curriculum came in to effect from September 2014. This consists of ten subjects; four core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT, plus six foundation subjects, being Design and Technology, Music, History, Art, Geography and PE. Religious Education, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) / Citizenship are also taught. A modern foreign language (currently French) is taught to all pupils.

The core subjects are English and Maths. As a school, we value the support of parents in their children’s learning and detailed target sheets for each year group can be found on this website for Reading, Writing and Maths. Curriculum letters are sent home each term, detailing for parents the topics covered each term. See the link at the bottom of this page.


The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. At Hatherop, we love books and a culture for reading is embedded throughout the school. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar and linguistic conventions.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purpose and audiences.
  • use discussion in order to learn.
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar have increased focus in both Key Stage 1 and 2. Children are now required to both understand and use grammatical terms. There are also statutory spelling lists for each year group.


We are very successful at teaching phonics and use a variety of strategies including Letters and Sounds backed up by Jolly Phonics resources. For more details, go to the following link:

Letters and Sounds DFES 2007.pdf


The genres that we will cover this year are:

Term Topic Genre
1 Wild World Poetry – Nursery Rhymes (2 weeks)

Stories with Repeating Patterns (3 weeks)

Labels, lists, signs & posters (2 weeks)

Writing Journals

2 World Music Stories in familiar settings (3 weeks)

Information texts (2 weeks)

Christmas Poetry (2 weeks)


Writing Journals (Publish)

3 Let Me Entertain You Poems about feelings (2 weeks)

Fairy Stories & Traditional tales (2 weeks)

Instructions (2 weeks)

Writing Journals

4 Take One Author Stories on one author (3 weeks)

Information texts (2 weeks)

Question poems (1 week)


Writing Journals (Publish)

5 My Family And Other Animals Traditional Stories (3 weeks)

Letters & Postcards  (2 weeks)

Nonsense poems (1 week)

Writing Journals

6 Kick Off Stories about families (2 weeks)

Information texts: African alphabets (3 weeks)

Action poems (2 week)


Writing Journals (Publish)

Term Topic Genre
1 Wild World Descriptive writing (1 week)

Volcano Shape poetry (1 week)

Explanation (2 weeks)

Pompeii – Newspaper report (2 weeks)

2 World Music Traditional tales – ‘3 Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘The Troll’ by Julia Donaldson (3 weeks)

Christmas Poetry (1 week)

Biography – Mary Anning (2 week)


3 Let Me Entertain You Myths and Legends – ‘Romulus and Remus’  (2 weeks)

Information text – Roman Britain (2 weeks)

Diary entry / visit recount (2 week)

4 Take One Author Stories in familiar settings  – Jenny Nimmo ‘The Beasties’ and ‘The Owl tree’ (3 weeks)

Playscripts (2 weeks)

Letters and postcards (1 weeks)


5 My Family And Other Animals Information text – rainforest animals (2 weeks)

Instructions – how to grow a tomato plant (2 week)

Adventure stories – ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ (2 weeks)


6 Kick Off Instructions (1 week)

Persuasive writing – advertisement (2 weeks)

Sport stories (3 weeks)

Term Topic Genre
1 Wild World The Hole (2 weeks) Imaginative Story

Instructions (St Johns Ambulance) (1 week)

The Iron Man (2 weeks) Adventure Story

2 World Music How to Train your Dragon (3 weeks)

Stories from Another Culture (3 weeks)

Chronological Reports : The Christmas Story (1 week)

3 Let Me Entertain You Poems to entertain (Julia Donaldson) (1 week)

Fairytales and Play scripts (2 weeks)

Plays and Dialogues: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

4 Take One Author Stories from the Same Author The Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo (3 weeks)

Adolphis Tips – Michael Morpurgo (2 weeks)

Persuasive Writing  (1 week)

5 My Family And Other Animals Kenning Poems The boy on the Bike (2 weeks)

Aesop’s Fables (2 weeks)

Aladdin and the enchanted Lamp (2 weeks)

6 Kick Off


Persuasive Writing Holiday Brochure (2 weeks)

Myths and Legends – Romulus and Remus – recounts and Story Telling ( 3 weeks)

Term Topic Genre
1 Wild World The Dreadful Menace Poetry (3 Weeks)

Recounts ( 2 weeks)

Persuasive Writing (2 weeks)

2 World Music  Tales from Other Cultures (4 weeks)

Pandora (sci-fi) (2 weeks)

Writing Journals & Assessments

3 Let Me Entertain You Drama: Shakespeare (2 weeks)

Balanced Argument: Screen Use (3 weeks)

Writing Journals

4 Take One Author Phillip Pullman (3 weeks)

SPAG & Assessments (3 weeks)

5 My Family And Other Animals The Jungle Book: Classic Fiction (4 weeks)

Writing Journals

6 Kick Off Poetry: Michael Rosen (3 weeks)

Narrative/film (3 weeks)

Assessments & Writing Journals


The National Curriculum for mathematics sets out three broad aims to develop:

  1. fluency (rapid recall of facts and competency in performing a range of calculations)
  2. reasoning mathematically
  3. problem solving

Our main focus is on number work, including place value, the four number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and fractions (including decimals and percentages from Year 4 onwards). We cover all the other aspects of Maths throughout the year including:

  • measurement
  • geometry (properties of shapes, position and direction)
  • statistics
  • ratio and proportion
  • algebra

Find out what each class is learning this term by reading our curriculum letters – click on the links below:

For more information about the end of year expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths, see our curriculum leaflets: