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Curriculum Overview

At the Abbey School we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which aims to make learning enjoyable and fun for the children, while achieving high standards in all areas. The school meets the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum, but also designs the curriculum to make it relevant for children in the 21st century with an emphasis on environmental issues, global awareness and information technology skills. Where possible, links are made between different areas of the curriculum to give all learning a meaningful context for the children to give a cross-curricular approach. The curriculum is organised as follows:

Core Subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing

Foundation subjects:

  • Religious Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Modern Foreign Language – French (Key Stage 2 only)

Through our rich curriculum we promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


The requirements of the National Curriculum are met through a daily English lesson which covers reading, writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting) and speaking and listening. We aim to develop effective oral communication from the first days in school. Confident, clear, expressive speaking is encouraged, as well as attentive listening.


Reading skills are taught through whole class teaching in English lessons, in Guided Reading sessions in a group and through individual support. There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of phonics in the first years at school.

Throughout the school, there is an emphasis on the enjoyment of books, and there is a wide choice available to the children. In addition to levelled reading books, children can choose from class libraries. Key Stage 1 follow Letters and Sounds phonics and have embedded the new Oxford Reading Tree Reading Scheme.


Children are taught to write for a range of purposes and audiences and the children regularly use word-processing skills to present their work. Drafting and editing skills are taught, as well as knowledge of grammatical structures and spelling. Handwriting and correct letter formation are taught from the Reception stage to enable a neat, free-flowing style to develop following the Continuous Cursive style as they move through the school.


In Mathematics, children are taught how to apply and develop their mathematical knowledge through investigation, problem solving and working on practical tasks. Children are encouraged to develop different mathematical strategies to calculate mentally, and to discuss their work. It is expected that children will record and present their findings in a variety of ways.

Religious Education

The school follows the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The programme of study places a significant emphasis on Christian beliefs, but enables pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of major world religions during their primary school years, and make meaningful comparisons between them.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from both Religious Education and Collective Worship. If they wish to exercise this right, a letter of notification should be sent to the Headteacher.