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Curriculum and Assessment

At Upper Arley, we have developed a curriculum that develops both children's knowledge and skills. Our curriculum is designed to support our Vision, Values and Key competencies and ensure that our children's needs are met, preparing them for their future lives. 


At Upper Arley our vision is to inspire the whole child to develop a sense of pride and ambition leading to strong attitudes to learning and good outcomes.


In order to achieve this vision, we develop the following values and key competencies to ensure that children leave with the skills and knowledge they need for the rest of their lives.


Our values are: alongside our 12 Christian values, we focus on perseverance, respect, compassion and thankfulness

Our key competencies are: independence, curiosity, caring, confidence and co-operation


At Upper Arley, we follow the National Curriculum as the basis for our teaching of knowledge and support the development of the Values and Key Competencies outlined above through our teaching approaches and relationships as well as broad opportunities through the Arts, Forest School and Music.

National Curriculum 

The National Curriculum provides pupils with the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The full National Curriculum document can be viewed at:


Our curriculum is based around “Quality Texts”. These are texts (both fiction and non-fiction) that enable us to deliver key English objectives which have been identified through assessment of children’s work.

We then deliver much of the National Curriculum with links to these texts whilst ensuring clear progression of skills throughout the school.

Spelling and Phonics:

In reception and KS1 we use Letters and Sounds to deliver phonics and we have introduced “No Nonsense spelling”, a comprehensive spelling programme, in order to support writing standards across the school. This is introduced from Year 2.


We follow the White Rose Maths planning which has the use of Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) resources at its heart.

Arts (Music and Art)

Mr Cerrigan, a specialist music teacher, teaches music to all classes and our KS2 choir. We are keen for children to take part in and watch performances and know that the benefits of music are universal and will help in raising standards across the curriculum. Art skills are taught following the progression as outlined in the National Curriculum.

Foreign Languages (French)

French is taught in KS2 to all children and supports both the learning of speaking, reading and writing but also a developing global and cultural awareness outside of the UK.

Humanities (Geography, History and RE)

Through the teaching of the Humanities, children's eyes are opened to the world and they develop a sense of chronology and knowledge about historical events and famous people. In Geography, an understanding of the geography and people of the world is developed alongside an understanding of some of the main religions of the world being taught in RE.


At Upper Arley, we believe that all children have the right to access a broad and balanced computing curriculum. With children from many different starting points, everyone deserves the opportunities to learn the basic skills. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Content-Contact-Conduct’ is a basis for which children will need if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. At Upper Arley, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in an ever-changing digital world. 


The 3 C’s:

Content – being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material

Contact – being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users

Conduct – online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm


For the academic year of 2020-2021, the children at Upper Arley will be learning and becoming familiar with the basics to computing and coding. They will be learning the hardware (laptops and ipads), the correct use of log in details, correct terminology as well as accessing a range of software and online content. Projects will be used throughout the year so that all children have opportunities not just learn the skills but also demonstrate them.



The Upper Arley Computing Curriculum is written by the Subject Leader, taking into account the historical experiences that the children at school have had. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:

  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth, promoting the progression in skills from the National Curriculum;

  • An range of activities are used regularly to support learners’ ability to remember and retain their learning, with particular focus on coding;

  • Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner, where appropriate;

  • Visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;

  • Projects and final outcomes to be skills based and meaningful for the children.

Technology (Science, DT and Computing)

Inspiring children to explore and experiment in the area of technology provides them with skills for their futures and the creativity and knowledge to develop their learning in these vital areas of the curriculum.


Through the National Curriculum for PE, children are taught the skills and knowledge to participate in individual sporting and healthy lifestyles as well as participate in competitive sporting events. 


Homework at Upper Arley focuses on practising key skills with adults at home. This takes the form of reading, spellings, times tables and maths facts as outlined by the teachers. 



We follow the guidance from the PSHE Association when planning our PSHE curriculum.

Forest Schools

All year groups experience Forest School at Upper Arley and this supports our vision, developing confident children with perseverance, independence and curiosity through the co-operative approach central to Forest Schools. 


We are required to publish a Curriculum Overview and this is listed below with our assessment documentation. Our curriculum is much more than the overview and for further information, please speak with Mrs Langfield or look on your child's class page for their curriculum mindmap and homelearning for each half term.



We use assessment to support learning and to help children make the most progress that they can. Please see our assessment overview and the DfE document below outlining the testing approach for all schools.