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Thorpe Primary School

Challenge, Inspire, Succeed

The Curriculum

Key Stage 1 and 2 children experience a creative, stimulating and challenging curriculum.

The topic based curriculum has been planned to enable children to learn in a variety of exciting ways:

  • through investigations and experiments
  • through problem solving
  • by first hand learning and practical experience
  • through the use of secondary sources and artefacts
  • by linking subjects that have relevance to the children’s learning (cross curricular approach)
  • through visits and visitors


The aims of the different subjects that we teach are as follows:

Primary strategy for literacy

  • includes speaking and listening, reading and writing, phonics, spelling, grammar through word and sentence work and handwriting
  • a daily hour plus extra time during the week for extended writing linked with other subjects, guided reading groups and phonics

Primary Strategy for Mathematics

  • includes oral and mental mathematics, number, shape and space, data handling, measures, applying and investigating through problem solving
  • a daily hour, with cross curricular links are made with subjects such as Science and Geography.


  • taught in a cross curricular way making links with Geography, Art, Mathematics
  • investigational and experiential science is a high focus – interpreting data and drawing conclusions
  • includes physical, biological and environmental sciences e.g. the study of materials, habitats, food chains, our changing world, wildlife protection and growth etc.
  • making links with our wider school environment e.g. pond dipping, growing seeds, and visiting Thorpe Woods

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

  • cross curricular approach where children use a range of software for data handling, designing, modelling, controlling, presenting and using text, graphics and music
  • very well resourced – computer suite, computers in classrooms, videos, DVD players, digital cameras, CD players, scanners, interactive whiteboards
  • access to email/Internet

Sex and Relationship Education

During Year 5 and 6 the children are taught the changes that occur in their own bodies from birth to adulthood including - puberty, the development and birth of a baby as well as sex education, including the range of relationships and emotional changes experienced during development.

Religious Education

  • children follow the Peterborough Agreed Syllabus for RE, which uses an enquire based approach
  • visits to local places of worship and speakers of other beliefs make the curriculum meaningful to the children
  • appreciation and respect for the beliefs and faith of others is encouraged through our teaching and learning, as well as our Rights Respecting ethos
  • faiths include Hinduism, Islam, Sikkhism, Christianity, Judaism
  • children are encouraged to play a proactive role in sharing their beliefs and faith, by celebrating festivals in class and whole school assemblies
  • for more information please see this years curriculum map

Design and Technology

  • children learn a range of skills e.g. measuring, cutting, joining, using a range of tools
  • children engage in planning, designing, making and evaluating their own products
  • ICT links are made e.g. designing an Eid/Christmas card 



  • Cross curricular links are made with subjects such as Literacy, Art/Design and Music etc.
  • Local visits, drama days, speakers and museums are a focus of this learning e.g. Tudor day with a dramatist, visit to Peterborough museum for art, World War 2 drama day and Victorian Day
  • Use of secondary sources enriches learning e.g. maps, photographs, diaries and video clips.


  • cross curricular opportunities are made e.g. Science, Mathematics and ICT
  • the use of the local environment makes learning purposeful e.g. our environmental area, Thorpe Woods, River Nene and Barnack village

Art and Design

  • a high profile cross curricular subject making links with design technology, ICT, Mathematics, History and Drama
  • study of famous artists work
  • use of a variety of media e.g. pastels, clay, collage, Mod Roc and fabric paint
  • application of skills e.g. drawing, painting, modelling


  • children have first hand experiences using pitched and non pitched instruments
  • specialist musicians offer taught lessons in a range of instruments including guitar, recorder, keyboards and flute
  • children learn to sing and compose using nursery rhymes, chants, sounds, songs from different cultures, developing their own music and songs, setting poetry to mood music.

Physical Education

  • specialist coach provision for all Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children for 1 hour per week.
  • at least 2 hours of PE for all children each week
  • extended opportunities after school hours
  • TOPS sport programme
  • swimming, dance, athletics, outdoor and indoor games, gymnastics, short tennis. 



Year  P.E. Day P.E. Day
Year 1 Potter Monday Wednesday 
Year 1 Milne Wednesday Friday
Year 1 Kipling Thursday Friday
Year 2 Blake Monday Tuesday
Year 2 Rosen Monday Tuesday
Year 2 Fine Monday Tuesday
Year 3 Walliams Wednesday Friday
Year 3 Strong Wednesday Thursday
Year 3 Dahl Wednesday Friday
Year 4 Rowling Monday Tuesday
Year 4 Ibbotson Tuesday Thursday
Year 5 Blackman Monday Tuesday
Year 5 Morpurgo Monday Thursday
Year 6 Monday Friday


PSHE and Citizenship help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives and helps them become informed, active and responsible citizens in the community and the wider world.

Children take part in a wide range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Modern Foreign Languages

French taught to all Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils

If you would like information on your child's curriculum please contact the school office and they will direct your enquiry to the most subject leader.