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Our Curriculum

At Stoke Mandeville Combined School our curriculum aims to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils
  • Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
  • Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
  • Promote a positive attitude towards learning
  • Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
  • Promote the learning and development of our youngest children and ensure they are ready for Key Stage 1
  • Promote the vision and values of the school through the use of the 5 Rs


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 3,4,5and6) 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 SMSC 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.  


Covid Update 

During the period of school closure we will follow our Remote Learning Policy