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Learning and Curriculum

Learning and Curriculum

At Osmaston Primary School we aim to provide a full, broad and balanced curriculum which offers a wide range of opportunities to all pupils so that they may develop to their full potential.  We are also conscious that our curriculum is not just what is taught in our classrooms but everything that the children experience within the school environment.  As a maintained school we follow the English National Curriculum.  We therefore ensure that every year group covers a broad and balanced curriculum which engages our children.  Every day we teach reading, writing and mathematics as these are our 'core' subjects and a sound grasp of these allow children to access the wider curriculum.  In addition we teach the sciences (biology, physics, chemistry and computing) the humanities (history, geography and religious education) and the arts (art, music, design technology, drama),   We supplement these academic subjects with physical education and PHSCE where we teach the children a number of different life skills such as staying active, healthy and safe, and the importance of British values (respect, democracy, freedom of speech, the rule of law).  In KS2 we teach French as our foreign language.  You can download a handy guide to the National Curriculum and associated assessments by clicking here.

We believe that it is important that children have a good knowledge base before they are able to successfully learn the skills associated with the different subjects and to apply knowledge and skills cross-contextually.  We also increasingly plan lessons and schemes of learning using the principles of cognitive load theory to aid pace of learning and memory retention.  Please see our learning and pupil support page for more information on these areas.


We focus on speaking and listening, reading and writing fluently using the correct syntax, spelling and grammar. We use a number of different programmes of learning to support your child, all of which are proven to be effective. We also provide parents with links to useful materials, so they can help children at home.  Every child will be given access to an internationally proven online reading and comprehension support programme called Lexia. We want all our children to love reading and we know that the library facilities within the school, as well as a focus on talking about what we are reading for pleasure will help to develop their reading passion.

Reading and Phonics

From January 2018 our younger children will be grouped in Read Write Inc groups for reading and writing instruction.  Grouping is by stage not age and the children may be with children from other classes and age groups for this.  Every half term the children are reassessed and regroups according to their individual needs.  Once children have completed the Read Write Inc programme they will then stay with their class for their English lessons.  Our RWI co-ordinatrs are Mrs Bill for Foundation and KS1 and Mrs Dogruel for KS2.


All children learn using 'Singapore Maths' and by following the 'Maths No Problem' schemes of learning.  You can find out more about this method, called maths mastery, by clicking here.  We use the only Dept of Education approved maths mastery textbooks to provide high quality support to our pupils.  Our mathematics leads are Mrs Basra for KS2 and Mrs Dodd for KS1.


Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about the world around them, linking practical experience with ideas. Children undertake experiments and investigations through which they acquire and deepening scientific knowledge.  Children will learn about a variety of sciences including biology, physics, chemistry and computer science.


We follow the Derby Syllabus for RE. The Derby SACRE determines how local authority schools in the City teach Religious Education and deliver Collective Worship. The children learn about the different religions through carefully planned lessons, guest speakers who are invited to school assemblies, workshops and visits to places of worship. We aim to draw the commonality in each faith  whilst teaching them the importance of  respecting and valuing their  differences.  Children sometimes alternative between history and geography within the term so that there can be an in-depth focus on one subject.  At other times, history and geography are taught together as part of an overall topic.


We teach a range of arts subjects including visual art, design and technology, drama and music.  At KS2 we have a specialist art teacher who is able to teach the children different methods of producing artwork as well as some history of art.  We supplement our drama and music classroom curriculum with singing assemblies, opportunities to sing and take part in events external to the school as part of the school choir and linked after-school clubs.


PSHCE helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Children learn to articulate their feelings and the causes of their emotions and to develop coping strategies for certain feelings. They learn to set themselves goals and to make good choices about their health and well-being.  It is also an opportunity to reinforce our British Values and why these are important to us.  Sex and relationships education (SRE) is also covered at the relevant time within PHSCE and you can find more about this by viewing our SRE policyWe teach all our pupils e-safety using the SMART rules and supporting video as the basis for this.  We also teach children about personal privacy using the NSPCC PANTS campaign.


Our chosen language in KS2 is French and we are lucky that we have a specialist teacher coming in to school to deliver these lessons.  We teach French because it is a widely spoken European language and is the sixth most common world language with over 220 million speakers worldwide.

Physical Education and Healthy Living

Our pupils have regular PE lessons and active play is encouraged every day. Pupils also have opportunities to meet the recommended one hour of daily physical activity, through play time after sports clubs. Children are provided with a wide, balanced and engaging curriculum including invasion games, divided net and wall games, dance, gymnastics, outdoor adventurous activities and athletics. 

Want to know more?

To find out more about what is taught throughout the year in any subject or year group, please consult the relevant pages of the National Curriculum document.

To find out in more detail what is currently being taught, please view the relevant knowledge organisers for the year group which are available to view and download from the relevant class pages.

For more information about any part of the curriculum, please contact your child's class teacher.