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Our Curriculum

Caring, inspiring, achieving

At Stoke Mandeville, our intent is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all where every child is recognised and valued. We constantly adapt our learning journey to meet the needs and interests of our children, offering an excellent education underpinned by a broad, culturally rich and powerful curriculum to ensure that all pupils are well equipped for the next stages in their education. 

Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We provide enhancement opportunities to engage, celebrate and develop the individual talents of our pupils. We aim to provide an environment that encourages lifelong learning. This is reflected in our approach that encourages children to take responsibility for their own learning. This promotes a positive attitude towards learning and encourages all children to challenge themselves, developing resilience and resourcefulness.

We believe in making the curriculum enjoyable and relevant, fostering curiosity.

Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate the history of Stoke Mandeville and enable children to take an active role in local events throughout the year. Children leave Stoke Mandeville with a sense of belonging to a community where respect for others and positive moral attributes underpin their confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, reflect and make connections to become lifelong learners.


Broad Guidelines


Our EYFS class follow the guidance in the EYFS statutory framework.  This means pupils study the 7 areas of learning:

3 prime areas:

  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development 

4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The EYFS framework also sets out 'early learning goals' we support pupils working towards – these are the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should have by the end of Reception year.

In developing early reading we use Letters and Sounds as the core scheme for children learning phonics.

Year 1 to Year 6 Curriculum

Pupils in KS1 (Year 1 and 2) and KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) are expected to learn the core and foundation subjects below:

Core subjects

Foundation subjects

RE is a statutory subject which is taught through the scheme "Discovery Curriculum for RE". This scheme adopts an enquiry based learning approach. Included in this scheme are opportunities for SMCS and British Values.

Statutory Relationships Education and Health Education is taught in conjunction with PSHE Education under the school’s umbrella subject – Skills for Life.  Sex education is not a mandated requirement within primary schools but the DfE recommends that a primary school should have a sex education programme tailored to the age as well as the physical and emotional maturity of its pupils.  Therefore, sex education is taught at our school as part of Relationships Education and the subject is referred to as Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) within the planned Skills for Life curriculum.

Our current Curriculum Overview, which is under review,  can be found below.