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Our Curriculum

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.

Phonics and Reading

We teach Phonics through Letters and Sounds.  This is a systematic approach for teaching children to read using phonics. It is used in many schools in England, but is not a mandatory part of the National Curriculum. It is split into six phases, from starting to learn about sounds at nursery to becoming fluent readers around age 7.


Reading is taught through Bug Club.  Bug Club is a literacy program designed to support the effective and engaging teaching of reading for primary students in Foundation to Year 6. These levelled readers can be used for modelled whole-class reading, guided reading, independent and take-home reading from F - 6.


Please see more information in the Parents' section of the website regarding Phonics and Reading.  We also do regular workshops for families to help with this.

Helping our Children to Develop as healthy children at Appleton Roebuck

Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw PSHE / Health and Well-being provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-16.  


Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

Religious Education at Appleton Roebuck Primary


Our R.E. curriculum is provided in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus produced by North Yorkshire County Council. In the main, aspects of Christianity and other religions will be explored in a cross-curricular way, utilising first hand experiences wherever possible. We welcome the experience of various visiting clergy and other members of faith communities to help in both curriculum delivery and acts of collective worship.

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. 


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.