Curriculum Overview


At Eastfield Primary Academy our curriculum offer gives children the opportunity to understand the world around them through the acquisition of declarative knowledge (a rich and deep subject knowledge), alongside procedural knowledge (learning new skills) by way of a variety of interesting contexts, whilst experiencing the challenge and enjoyment of learning.

Our curriculum is taught through a pedagogy that offers all children a memorable experience within each topic, at an appropriate point, which then leads the children into problem solving, being creative and communicating their thinking in a variety of different ways, sustaining the children’s interests. Woven within this, is a focus on the acquisition of basic skills: reading, writing and maths and providing a curriculum that is language rich ensuring our children can articulate their learning and thinking through both verbal and written communication.

Our children learn about respecting themselves and others through working collaboratively and are given time to reflect and think mindfully about their learning. They are encouraged to take part in democratic activities across the curriculum, expressing their opinions on a range of different topics and issues so that they can make a positive contribution to Eastfield, the local and global communities.

Curriculum enrichment is important to us and we ensure that our children have access to high quality resources, both in and out of the classroom; promoting a sense of pride in all that we do. Trips out and visitors in, ensure that our curriculum is exciting, memorable and we provide experiences that our children do not always have access to; deepening their understanding of the world around them. We welcome parents and carers in at every available opportunity to take part in their children’s learning experiences. Our out of school provision allows children to further develop their skills in sport, music, art, DT, computing and forest schools. Links are made with local comprehensive schools and local businesses to ensure that children, particularly across KS2, have an opportunity to think about long term goals, aspirations and career development.


Our curriculum implementation is underpinned by our 3 main drivers:

  • Pride – we take pride in ourselves, our environment and in all we do.
  • Collaboration – we use Kagan structures to support us working collaboratively; what we can do in a team today, we can achieve on our own tomorrow.
  • Understanding – we use a bespoke curriculum, designed by our subject leaders to provide a vehicle for learning about and understanding the world around us, and this is supported by our Reading and Writing Strategies.

We have a clear long-term plan that identifies each unit plan to be taught on a half termly basis. Units are taught according to the main subject focus; in each half term from Early years to Year 6 the same subject focus is taught, for example in Autumn 1 a geography focused unit is taught and so on. Across the year:

  • 2 x History units
  • 2 x Geography units
  • 1 x DT unit
  • 1 x Art Unit

There is also an art or DT based week long unit at the end of each geography and history unit.

Each year group follows its own unit plans, ensuring that prior learning is built upon, revisited and progression is clear. Our Writing Strategy is driven by a text, and this is chosen to support and enrich the unit plans, to provide opportunities for our children to use and build upon their declarative and procedural knowledge. Whilst our Reading Strategy’s main aims are to develop our children’s love of reading, and literal and inference skills using a wide range of texts, it too, provides opportunities for our children to use and build upon their declarative and procedural knowledge as and where appropriate.

Subject Coverage:

Geography, History, Art, Design & Technology, RE and Science are taught through unit plans that have been designed by our subject leaders. Music, PE, PSHE/RSE and Spanish are taught discreetly. Planning for these subject areas is delivered by paid experts and discreet schemes.

Maths - we use Pre-tests to identify gaps in children’s knowledge (fluency) prior to starting a unit of work in Maths. Teaching is directed at closing these gaps in knowledge and then problem solving and reasoning opportunities are provided to allow children to apply their knowledge in a range of different contexts. Concrete, pictorial and abstract resources are provided to develop, enhance and deepen children’s understanding of Maths.

Computing - we teach a bespoke curriculum designed by our academy trust in order to cover the three key areas of: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. We teach the curriculum to ensure all children are taught a range of key skills to help prepare them for the fast-changing technological world that we live in. We teach all children to use the internet in a safe and responsible way. They are taught how to deal with inappropriate content that they may come across in their school and home life, and how to report any concerns. However, some unit plans for other subject areas do provide opportunities for children to use their computing knowledge for a range of different audiences/contexts.

R.E – The RE leader has designed a bespoke curriculum based on the requirements of the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus. The approach is an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the acquisition of declarative knowledge in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. Our belief is that if an enquiry-based model is used well, children’s critical thinking skills can be developed, their motivation to learn increased, and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy towards people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, will be enhanced.

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place.

Across the Early Years the children study Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. In Key Stage 1 the children study Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In Key Stage 2 the children study Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. There is also the opportunity for children to research into Sikhism in Year 3. The whole school has access to a Buddhist visitor each year with an opportunity for Year 4 to visit the Buddhist temple.  Each year group has access to a religious visitor or visit per term to enhance their lines of enquiry and help the children to deeply understand and respect the views of the religion that they are studying.

P.E. – we deliver a broad range of physical activities to children in Nursery through to Year 6 which aim to inspire children to become competitive, physically confident and lead a healthy lifestyle. We participate in a range of local competitions and afterschool provision is available. Dance is taught by a local dance professional.

PSHCE – we use the ‘Jigsaw’ programme to deliver a comprehensive whole-school approach from Nursery to Year 6 that includes PSHE, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.

Music – we currently use a music specialist form our local authority to deliver music tuition across all year groups.

Spanish – we use the ‘Primary Languages Network’ scheme of work to deliver a comprehensive approach to Spanish across KS2. It uses Kagan structures to enhance teaching and learning, and support collaboration.

Science – The science leader has developed a bespoke curriculum based on the National Curriculum and the needs of our children. This is delivered via the use of unit plans that again, allow for the development of both procedural and declarative knowledge to develop progressively over time.


We measure the impact of our curriculum in a variety of ways:

  1. Evidence of children’s learning journey’s in their books.
  2. Children and staff assess against clearly identified outcomes for each unit plan. This is recorded in children’s Curriculum books. It is a visible record for both children and staff, demonstrating what the children have achieved and what they need to do next.
  3. Marking, feedback and children correcting and/or editing their work demonstrates progress within a learning sequence.
  4. Children’s voice is sought regarding their learning; enjoyment, engagement, pride, opportunities for collaboration, what would make their learning even better etc.
  5. Photographs capture hands-on opportunities.
  6. Displays within classrooms and across Eastfield showcase children’s learning, the experiences and opportunities they have had; progression within a sequence of learning, and across a Phase and/or Eastfield.
  7. Summative assessments provide a baseline, mid-year and end of year benchmark of attainment and progress for Reading, Spelling and Grammar from Y1 to Y6. Statutory tests also provide a benchmark for attainment and progress.
  8. Monitoring behaviour through incidents recorded in CPOMs.
  9. Monitoring attendance; over the past three years our attendance has been above 95%.
  10. Subject monitoring – we have a clear cycle of monitoring for staff to share good practice, identify CPD needs and enhance staff practice.
  11. Gaps in learning are quickly identified via the use of a ten key questions quiz which allows staff to assess the need for any pre-teaching prior to commencing with any new learning.


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Curriculum newsletters are updated half-termly and provide information to parents about what is being taught in that half term.

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Early Years at Eastfield Primary Academy

As part of our Ofsted inspection in November 2023 our EYFS was graded as ‘outstanding’! 
‘Children in the Nursery and Reception classes benefit from provision of an exceptional quality. The most is made of every opportunity to support children in these classes.’ Ofsted Nov, 2023.

In EYFS, we ensure that our children enjoy a rich, immersive and engaging learning environment where they can explore, experiment and investigate both indoors and outdoors. The quality of a child’s early experience is vital for their future success. We provide high-quality early education where all of our children take part in a wide range of hands on and practical learning experiences on a 1-1 basis, in small groups and in large groups.
Continuous provision allows our children to choose where they want to learn through play. During this time, activities are set up both indoors and outdoors for the children to access, both independently and with an adult. All activities are based upon our children’s next steps in learning ensuring that our children are challenged, and their learning is moved forward. We ensure that there are high quality interactions with our children during planned and child-initiated play activities. Practitioner’s model language, show, explain, demonstrate, question, encourage, facilitate, and stimulate our children throughout the day.
Our children are assessed throughout the Foundation Stage using the Early Years    Foundation Stage Curriculum. through on-going observations and sampling of their work. Observation and work sampling are used to identify children’s interests and next steps, which are then used for planning daily, weekly and informing our topics. 
At the end of the Early Years, our children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals. If they have met the goals they achieve ‘Expected’. Children who achieve expected in the first 12 goals are said to have achieved a ‘Good Level of Development’.

We work hard to ensure that our children enjoy their time in our EYFS provision, but that we also put the building blocks in place to ensure that they are ready for their transition into Year 1 and the next steps on their learning journey!

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Reading at Eastfield Primary Academy

Reading at Eastfield Primary Academy is not something that we leave to chance! We believe every single child has the right to learn to read regardless of social and economic circumstances, ethnicity, gender, the language spoken at home and special educational needs. We believe the teaching of reading is fundamental to a child’s success in life and we are continuously striving to enhance our provision of the teaching of reading. As a result, we have developed a Strategy for the teaching of reading based on current research and staff expertise.

We ensure that children have access to a wide range of different types of literature by identifying the texts that are to be used within the reading sessions, the literacy sessions and the class reads. This enables the literature across school to support the wider curriculum and broaden children’s knowledge of the wider world. Reading and the use of high quality texts permeates all curriculum areas.

We encourage children to develop a love of reading through:

  • listening to a wide range of stories in class and at assembly time
  • sharing books with peers
  • sharing books with a Reading Buddy
  • using a book/story to support learning in other curriculum subjects
  • having access to a wide range of high-quality scheme reading books to support the skill of learning to read
  • having access to a wide range of high-quality books to read at home
  • author visits
  • theatre experiences both within and outside of school

We have a wide range of reading material that children access to read at home. These follow a coloured book banding system that is aligned to our phonic progression (Little Wandle Letters & Sounds). We acknowledge it is the job of the school to teach children how to read but we know that the best readers will also be reading in the home environment. Each child has a reading book and a reading record and whenever a child reads, it is recorded in there.

Workshops are held throughout different times of the year to inform parents and carers how we teach reading and phonics and the different skills involved.

Reading Scheme at Eastfield Primary Academy

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Writing at Eastfield Primary Academy

Writing is a key aspect of our curriculum and along with reading, speaking and listening, it makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners. It is a central part of the school’s role that all pupils develop their writing ability and enjoy the process of cultivating this life-long skill.

At Eastfield Primary Academy we strive to provide our children with exciting, purposeful and inspiring contexts in which to become writers. Our curriculum provides lots of opportunities for children to write, for lots of different purposes as well as writing opportunities in Literacy that link directly to a high quality picture book.

All writing opportunities are carefully planned sequences of learning, and staff use our Writing Progression to ensure that our children are taught all aspects of the writing National Curriculum sequentially.

A typical writing sequence




We use the Letter-Join handwriting scheme to teach our children to develop a fluent & legible joined handwriting style.


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Phonics at Eastfield Primary Academy

We teach Phonics using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds synthetic phonic programme. This is a comprehensive programme, with children’s phonic journey beginning in Nursery and continuing through to the end of Year 2. If children need further phonic intervention, this is then provided in Year 3 & Year 4. All of our staff are experts in the teaching of phonics.

To support parents we offer phonic workshops in the autumn term and staff are always more than happy to provide resources to support parents & carers at home.

Our information sheet below provides an overview of the programmes progression for Reception and Year 1.

Phonics Scheme at Eastfield Primary Academy

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Maths at Eastfield Primary Academy 

We deliver a Maths curriculum that is personalised to individual children. We assess at the beginning of a new unit or skill (pre-tests) to identify gaps and strengths in children’s fluency knowledge. We use this information to carefully match learning opportunities to where gaps in understanding are to ensure that we are targeting and designing our learning opportunities in a personalised way. Teaching is directed at closing these gaps in knowledge and developing and deepening children’s understanding of concepts, through problem solving and reasoning opportunities in a range of contexts. 

Concrete, pictorial and abstract resources are provided to develop, enhance and deepen children’s understanding of Maths. Children will then sit the same assessment after the unit of learning so that we can measure their progress and just as importantly the children can measure their own progress and take ownership of it. 

A typical maths lesson begins with fluent in five (10 minutes where children practice and are taught arithmetic skills then a review of previous learning (reflection time). Children complete corrections and apply their learning in a different way and then new learning is taught. During every unit of work all children are exposed to problem solving and reasoning tasks. Children are taught how to tackle problem solving tasks and they are supported with visuals of key steps that will help them to work through a problem. This has been agreed upon by all teachers and is designed with our children at the heart of it. The key steps are vocabulary, have a go, reflect, solution, explain and extend. The children may keep going back to different steps during a process of problem solving. 

The importance of learning times tables and key facts is shared with the children and parents. Times tables are practiced regularly and achievements are celebrated as a whole school. 10 Keys facts for each year group are taught and practiced throughout the year. Children’s progress is celebrated and recorded through testing. 

Working walls in all classrooms are divided into fluency, reasoning and problem solving, and support children during their maths lessons. 

At the end of the academic year teachers share end of year information with the next class teacher and the long term plan is adapted accordingly. 


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Science at Eastfield Primary Academy

Science is a vital part of the curriculum. It not only enables children to understand the world around them and how things work, but also develops curiosity. 

At Eastfield Primary Academy and we aim to ensure that our children: 

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics 
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them 
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge

The teaching of science begins in our Early Years provision, with the area of learning ‘Understanding the World’ and more specifically, ‘The Natural World’ from the EYFS framework. We use Development Matters to support our curriculum planning.  

Procedural and declarative knowledge is taught both discretely and woven into the over-arching half-termly topic depending on the content to be taught. Continuous provision provides opportunities both inside and outside for children to ask questions, enquire and reach conclusions both as part of adult-led and independent activities. The scientific knowledge taught in Early Years supports learning into KS1 and beyond.

From Year 1 through to Year 6 science is taught discretely. We follow the National Curriculum and procedural & declarative knowledge is organised into half termly Unit Plans. 

Subject content is made explicitly clear via the three disciplines:

  • Biology – is the study of living organisms and their structure, life-cycles, adaptations & environment.
  • Chemistry – is the study of matter and their properties & reactions.
  • Physics – is the study of matter and how it interacts with motion & energy.

The teaching sequence for each lesson is based around a clear scientific approach that supports children to learn through:

Within any one lesson, children will visit this cycle, sometimes they will ask and investigate more than one question in order to deepen and develop their understanding. Units are planned to incorporate different scientific enquiries (comparative & fair testing, identifying, classifying & grouping, pattern seeking, observing over time and using secondary sources to research) enabling the children to develop their skills (asking questions, making predictions, setting up tasks, observing & measuring, recording date, interpreting results, evaluating). 

When investigating, we aim to find ways to give the children hands on experiences to ensure learning is memorable and meaningful. 


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Here is an example of a unit plan for Year 3

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Here is an example of a unit plan for Year 5 Summer Term

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our Art learning journey and our final pieces

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At Enquire Learning Trust, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about Computing and Technology, so that they can understand the world around them. Through teaching our computing curriculum, we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information as well as having the skills to manipulate, develop and interpret different forms of technology in an ever-changing world. 

In such a fast-moving curriculum, we are constantly looking at new ways of delivering relevant and exciting activities, while still delivering the fundamental skills needed for computing. Using technology safely and responsibly is a main priority and ensuring all pupils are able to use the internet and equipment appropriately is of paramount importance. We encourage our pupils to make links across the curriculum, the world and our local community, to reflect on their own experiences, which are designed in our curriculum, allowing horizontal and vertical links with previous year groups. 

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.  

Our ambitious computing curriculum is now structured in 3 areas that allow all pupils from EY to year 6 to progress through different categories of knowledge. These are: 

  • Digital Literacy 
  • Information Technology 
  • Computer Science 

Each area of the curriculum gives pupils time to practice and rehearse the knowledge needed to be proficient at computing and be ready for the next age of learning.  


The Enquire Learning Trust bespoke computing curriculum offers a cross curricular scheme of work for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which matches the expectations of the National Curriculum. The curriculum looks at the progression needed for all pupils to develop and embed skills and knowledge within the strands of: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The curriculum is designed to support teaching and learning and the acquisition of subject knowledge in all areas. Children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security and social media. 


The impact this curriculum will have shows that: 

  • Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both in school and at home.  
  • Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems which is important in our ever-evolving society.  
  • Children will be able to apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.  
  • Solve problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems  
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems  
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.


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Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces

Each term we will upload 12 photographs to show our DT learning journey and our final pieces


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At Eastfield we aim to deliver a high-quality History curriculum that will help our children to build knowledge (procedural & declarative) and an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world: 

Knowledge of:  

Understanding of: 

  • People, events, situations & developments 
  • Chronology & characteristic features 
  • Historical terms 
  • Evidence 
  • Interpretations 
  • Cause & Consequence 
  • Continuity & Change 
  • Similarity & Difference 
  • Significance 

We want to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past by enquiring into historical periods and events through a progressive enquiry approach. This approach provides opportunities to teach our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.  

Through this progressive enquiry approach our children will understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as their own.    

The Long-Term Plan is organised so that two Unit plans are delivered in each year group in Autumn Two and Spring One that have a clear historical focus. However, History is woven into other unit plans where appropriate. This allows for depth of learning to occur and knowledge/understanding to be revisited numerous times across a Key Stage. 

The Unit Plans clearly identify the knowledge (procedural & declarative) that is to be taught and the enquiry question for each session. Teachers then have the freedom to design how the learning takes place within their individual classrooms. 


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At Eastfield we aim to deliver a high-quality music curriculum, using the Charanga music scheme devised by musical specialists at the Hull and Humber Music Hub. We try to work with our local music hub to ensure children have an excellent music offer at Eastfield. Our music curriculum is designed to provide an inclusive, spiral approach to music that focuses on a deep understanding of the subject and develops our children as musicians. Children are active participants in music lessons to be able to effectively use their voices to sing, to use body percussion and learn to respectfully handle and play musical instruments.

Units for each year group are carefully chosen by the music leader to ensure a secure and steady progression. A steady progression plan has been built into Charanga, both within each year and from one year to the next, ensuring consistent musical development and progression. Within each unit of learning, children will revisit existing knowledge and skills and then build upon and extend them incrementally, allowing increasing musical confidence.

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

1. Listening and Appraising

2. Musical Activities

a. Warm-up Games embeds the interrelated dimensions of music through repetition such as pulse, pitch, and rhythm.

b. Optional Flexible Games - embed the Interrelated Dimensions of Music through repetition to deepen their understanding to be able to apply musical vocabulary when evaluating music, they appreciate or compose.

c. Singing – is at the heart of all musical learning.

d. Playing instruments with the song to be learnt. A sound-before-symbol approach is used but scores are provided as an understanding of notation is introduced to the children.

e. Improvising with the song, using voices and instruments as they occur in some Units of Work

f. Composing. Children will work together and alone to compose. Children will develop an understanding of musical composition to be able to organise. In KS2 children may use technology to support produce their composition.

3. Performing.

Children will share what has taken place during the lesson and work towards a performance to an audience. This performance may include small groups in the classroom, larger groups such as the whole class and assemblies. In KS2 children will have opportunities to perform out in the community such as a Harvest festival performance at St Andrew’s Church.

Alongside our music curriculum, children have the opportunity to participate in additional music teaching and become part of a Rock band. Children are offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with a specialist music teacher delivered by Rocksteady, where lessons are provided weekly for a small set fee paid by the child’s parent or carer. Parents and carers have online access to their child’s weekly achievements and progress. Rocksteady organises a termly Rock band performance to a large audience within school for a fabulous rock band experience surrounded by their fans, family, and peers.


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PE at Eastfield Primary Academy

At Eastfield we aim to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum that inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for children to become physically confident that supports their health and fitness. We encourage our children to compete in sport and other activities to learn how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, build character and embed values such as fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. 

Our PE offer aims to develop initiative and leadership skills, promoting positive attitudes towards physical activities. Enabling children to make informed decisions concerning a healthy lifestyle. We aim to provide a lasting legacy of sporting enjoyment and success for our children both now and in their future lives. 

Our curriculum is designed to help our children to: 

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities  
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time  
  • engage in competitive sports and activities  
  • lead healthy, active lives 
  • have an awareness of significant sporting individuals & their sporting achievements. 


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Our PSHE Curriculum

At Eastfield Primary Academy, we endeavour to educate our children to help keep themselves and others safe and healthy. To nurture their natural inquisitiveness and to support them morally and pastorally to prepare them to contribute positively to their community in the 21st century.
We aim to ensure that our children know how to keep themselves safe and healthy, and have positive and safe relationships with others.

The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. Jigsaw brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme. Each half term, the whole school focuses on a specific theme:


Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSE involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values. RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.


How do we teach about Relationships and Health Education including Sex Education?

Eastfield Primary Academy doesn’t teach ‘sex education’ as a stand-alone element to the PSHE curriculum and it is not a statutory part of the curriculum. However, we believe it is a crucial element to our children’s development and understanding of themselves and others. The ‘Changing Me’ unit within the Jigsaw Programme, is taught from Foundation Stage to Year 6 and is always in the second half of the summer term. Each year group is taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage, building on the previous year’s learning. 

Please note: at no point will a child be taught something that is inappropriate; and if a question does arise and the teacher feels it would be inappropriate to answer (for example, because of its mature or explicit nature), the child will be encouraged to ask his/her parents or carers at home. The question will not be answered to the child or class if it is outside the remit of that year group’s programme. In Year 6, there will be an opportunity for boys and girls to pose questions separately. Parents do have a right to withdraw their child from this element of the programme.

The ‘Changing Me’ unit is all about coping positively with change and includes:


Parental Right to Withdraw

From September 2020, parents will not be able to withdraw from Relationships and Health Education, and this includes lessons on puberty, prejudice and discrimination, bullying, difference and diversity and different families.

For further information, please see our RSE Policy.

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Here is an example of a unit plan for Year 6 Autumn 1

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Spanish at Eastfield Primary Academy

At Eastfield we aim to deliver a high-quality Spanish curriculum that will help our children to build knowledge (both substantive and disciplinary).  Our school uses the Primary Language Network (PLN), Video to Teach Spanish Scheme. The aim of using this scheme is to allow the children to learn Spanish in a fun, engaging way whilst having the experience of hearing a native Spanish speaker within every lesson, ensuring the children are exposed to accurate pronunciation and intonation.

Our curriculum is organised to develop our children’s depth of knowledge over time. Each year group has a set of learning intentions for each lesson that follows on sequentially from what has been taught in the previous year group. Each unit develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Lessons are designed to cover aspects of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Children will learn through a range of games, songs, and stories. Lesson plans clearly identify the objective and assessment focus, key vocabulary and phrases and a description of each task. Each lesson is organised around a four-step model:

1.       Warm up. This is often in the form of a song to recap some previous learning and knowledge.

2.       Learn. This phase of learning is where children will be exposed to new words, phrases, or skills. There are lots of opportunities to listen and repeat, allowing for accurate pronunciation.

3.       Practice. This part of the learning comes in the form of games and allows the children to practice new words, phrases, or skills.

4.       Task. There will be a follow up task for the children to share and apply skills.



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Forest School

Forest school allows children to learn outdoors in our small forest area. They explore, gain knowledge and understanding of nature. Sessions can be either small groups, focused groups, or whole class groups as a hook for their new topic.

Forest school is beneficial for children in so many ways:

· They learn new skills

· Builds resilience

· Increases motivation and concentration

· Encourages problem solving

· Builds resilience

· Builds confidence

· Gives the children a sense of achievement

Activities may include:

· Knot tying

· Identifying plants, trees, or mini beast

· Story telling

· Den building

· Imaginative play

· Exploring

· Making fires

· Cooking

Forest school is an excellent way to learn in a different environment. Children show they not only enjoy being outdoors but thrive and most of all have lots of fun

What is Kagan?

Kagan Structures are instructional strategies designed to promote cooperation and communication in the classroom, boost students' confidence and retain their interest in classroom interaction.

Why have we chosen Kagan as a signature pedagogy?

  • Increased achievement
  • Reduction of the gap between low and high achievers
  • Improved social skills
  • Increased self esteem
  • Increased engagement levels = increased enjoyment of school
  • Improved behaviour
  • More efficient way of teaching = saves time and gives opportunities for immediate feedback/corrections

Why we want to equip our children with skills for success:

  • The world is changing at a rapid pace – we can’t predict the kind of jobs our children will work in.
  • 75% of all new jobs involve working in a team at least part of the time – and this is increasing. So we can say that they will need social interaction skills: social skills, teamwork skills, thinking skills
  • Half of what an engineer learns in college is outdated 5 years after graduation. Rather than filling children with known facts and skills, we must see our job as fostering thinking skills and instilling in children a love of learning. Children will need to become lifelong learners
  • Kagan should enrich not replace – children need to learn to sit quietly and work independently. They need to respond with their own answers without interacting. They also need to know how to work with others. By adding Kagan interactive structures to our toolbox, we enrich the experiences of learners, providing a broader set of skills.

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