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The Primary Curriculum
“The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.” 
The Primary National Curriculum in England

At Horsforth Featherbank Primary School we have worked together using the new framework for the National Curriculum in England to plan a curriculum that is enquiry and skills based, developing and expanding the core knowledge that is set out in the 2014 national curriculum.  It reflects the needs and interests of our children and is often inspired by those needs and interests.  It is, by its nature, an evolving and flexible curriculum, that provides a progressive development of skills and knowledge, and seeks to build on the prior knowledge and learning of the pupils at our school.  All pupils should be excited by the learning opportunities the curriculum provides, and be enabled to make good progress in an inclusive, nurturing and stimulating environment.  We seek to develop opportunities for pupils to become independent, take risks and be curious about the world they live in so that they will all become happy, successful and confident learners.


Overview of the Featherbank Curriculum
Below is a table showing the starting points for each term’s work in our school.  It should be noted, however, that it may be subject to change dependent upon the needs and interests of the pupils in each class. Where possible, all learning is taught thematically:-


Year Group Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Reception Time to explore... Into the woods...

Growing together

Year 1 Where in the world? Once upon a story... The Time Machine
Year 2



Towers, turrets & tunnels

Out of this world!


Muck, Mess & Mixtures - Roald Dahl

Wriggle & Crawl


Land Ahoy!

Year 3 Ancient Egypt The Roman Empire The Rainforest
Year 4

Stone Age 

(including water cycles)

Tudors: Tyranny, Exploration and Intrigue!

Vikings: Mystery, Magic and Mayhem!

Year 5 Chocolate (from bean to bar) Victorians Wild World
Year 6

Ancient Greece



World War 2

American road trip


Early Islamic Civilisation


Teachers’ medium term plans will show the specific subject knowledge covered and the areas of the national curriculum covered.  Information from these will be shared on the class pages of our website.


RE and PSHE are taught as part of our curriculum and we provide a daily act of collective worship as is required by all maintained schools in England.


Please see the links below for more information regarding the individual subjects that are joined thematically in our curriculum. If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.