Our Curriculum


Guide to our Curriculum




We believe that learning should be fun, purposeful and challenging. Through our inspiring curriculum we aim to:  

1.    equip each child with the skills they need for lifelong learning as well as a passion for growth.

2.    promote highest possible achievement for all pupils irrespective of race, gender, culture or disability.

3.    develop confident learners, celebrating perseverance, resilience and risk taking, ensuring children welcome challenge and are not frightened to make mistakes.

4.    promote pupil's intellectual, spiritual, creative, cultural and physical development integrally through our curriculum.

5.    prepare pupils to appreciate life in modern Britain - to become responsible citizens, displaying confidence, independence and good health.


At the heart of all of this is the school's motto of:


“This is our school.  Make me proud of it.  Make it proud of me!”


This guide lets you know how our curriculum supports these key goals. It captures our emphasis on promoting active and skillful learners, thirsty for knowledge and intent on discovering new things. Ours is an exciting and inspiring curriculum with lots of opportunities for visits and visitors and hands on experiences related to real life contexts. 


Should you have further questions about the curriculum once you have read this information, please do get in touch via the school office – Mrs Askins, 01904 501906 and we will be happy to come back to you.  Alternatively, please pop in to see your child’s class teacher who will be happy to help.  Thank you.




The Early Years Foundation stage (Age 4-5)

In the Foundation Stage (Reception) the children learn through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. When staff judge children to be ready they begin working on the National Curriculum. At Appleton Roebuck we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum to enhance the learning experiences of the children.

Please click HEREfor more information

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum sets out what children should know, understand and do in each year group in the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education. (PSHE) We follow the Jigsaw programme to teach PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education, and the Discovery R.E. programme to teach Religious Education.

Please click HEREto read a copy of the National Primary Curriculum 2014.


Our pupils say…

Our curriculum is alive.  You can see our curriculum everywhere.  You learn new and exciting things all the time.  Our questions matter and get answered.

The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our inspiring curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. 

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides lots of enquiry based learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum and in real-life situations.  Children progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.


Cornerstones has a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. The essential skills and knowledge are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs and any gaps to be addressed.

We use Cornerstones Curriculum as a resource to support teaching across the curriculum.

An overview of the cross-curricular topics children will be learning about can be found HERE.

Throughout the year we'll let you know which topics your children will be learning about - look out for our class newsletters and Golden Moments where we invite you to spend time looking at the learning with the children. 


We use a range of approaches to ensure that all our children become confident and enthusiastic readers. One approach is through the teaching of phonics. Teachers follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work to teach phonics supported by “Jolly Phonics” resources in the classroom. All children in Year 1 take a Phonics Screening Test each June to check upon their standard of their phonics knowledge.  Some children will re-take this test in Year 2 if they do not make the required standard in Year 1.  This information will be shared with you.

·        Information about Jolly Phonics can be found HERE.

·        Information about Letters and Sounds can be found HERE.

·        Information about the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test can be found HERE.

·        Information about the Bug Club reading scheme can be found HERE.



Our school is outward-looking and seeks to enhance the understanding of our team on how to explore beyond the windows for educational inspiration to engage and capture the imagination.

Our children take part in many exciting and educational trips during their time at Appleton Roebuck Primary School. We also enrich their learning by giving them opportunities to exhibit their work to you in a variety of different ways including the whole school Golden Moments.  The dates for these across the year can be found on our school dates list.

When you are a small, rural primary school, you often miss out on the “on-the-doorstop” opportunities that centrally located schools enjoy, so we actively seek opportunities to work with organisations relevant to our own community.   In the last few years, we’ve harvested the rewards of working with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) on a host of rich training and outdoor initiatives which help us incorporate our wider environment into our everyday teaching practice both at home and away.

We are fortunate enough to have great outdoor spaces within our school perimeter, and often live out our belief that learning should have no limits – the outdoors removes the four walls that can often restrict and curb children’s appetite for learning.   The inspiring and exciting experiences we continue to share help us to see how we can bring back new ideas for use in the village, but visiting the Showground and seeing the children working out of the school context has been so powerful. 

Our children love the outdoors –they’ve loved getting soil under their fingernails by creating their own vegetable garden, our own school wildlife garden with pond, and even an orchard with ‘houses’ in our school named after varieties of apple trees grown locally in history. YAS delivered a relevant and fun “National Apple Day” workshop where our school council and staff learned about sustainability and making good use of the crop.

We have a range of community visitors who come to support learning, for example, fire-fighters, health-workers and authors – Gez Walsh opened our new school library in September 2016.

Years 3-6 children have the opportunity to take part in challenging and team-building residential trips. We also offer a range of extra-curricular -school clubs for children at lunchtimes and after school.

Our music, artistic and sporting enrichment is an integral part of our village school.  Our standards are high meaning that we aim to take part in events of a high standard. 

Our reputation for sporting achievements goes back a long way and our pupils receive tuition of the highest standard.  For example, our project with York City Knights Rugby club is developing some very promising players.

The school choir has now developed into two - with a Chamber Choir for those pupils who need to be challenged further.  They have performed for the BBC, Children in Need and York Lights Switch on and also support local events.  2018 will see them performing in Music for Youth.

We have a gifted staff team, but if you have any skills that you think could support our curriculum please talk to your child's class teacher as you would be very welcome in school.


How will you assess my child's progress?

Teaching Staff at Appleton Roebuck will constantly be assessing your child's learning alongside them. This may take the form of day to day observations and questioning or a more formal task at the end of a unit of learning. Assessment is vital to learning however we believe it should not be a stressful experience for either pupils or parents. In line with National Expectations, we do not use levels in our judgements any more.  We talk about pupils being emerging, expected or exceeding in their year group skills.

How will I be told about my child's progress?

You will find out about your child's progress during the Autumn and Spring “Parent-Teacher’ meetings, and you will also receive a short progress report each Autumn and Spring.  Here you will be able to see information about the progress your child has made as well as their attendance data, any interventions, and targets for the next term.  At the end of the summer term, you will be given a detailed report on your child’s progress.  If you have questions about your child’s progress at any time in between, please do not hesitate to speak with the class teacher or send us a message in the planner so that we can arrange a time to meet.