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Lincewood Primary School

Curriculum Overview

The Lincewood Primary community is committed to providing the best possible inclusive education for all our pupils, to develop the full potential in each and every one of them and to provide that education in a safe and secure environment. 

Through our values of Inclusive, Curious, Aspirational, Resilient and Enthusiastic (ICARE) children learn to work together to become the best learner that they can be.

Care is taken to ensure that the children are guided through work in Mathematics, English, Science, Design & Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education (including swimming), Computing, Music, Art and Design, Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish) and Personal, Social & Health Education in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. 

In addition the school teaches Religious Education by following ‘Explore’, the Essex agreed syllabus for religious education.

A variety of teaching approaches are used varying from whole class instruction to small groups and individual work as appropriate.


English curriculum:

The school follows the National curriculum for English. This is achieved through a daily, structured hour of English teaching involving whole class, group and individual work as well as other lessons covering phonics, reading and handwriting. 


  • The teaching of reading takes place through the structured teaching of phonics. Phonics sessions are taught discretely using the Letters and Sounds Programme of Study, as well as Jolly Phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In September 2022 we are planning to update and refresh our phonics programme with new teacher training and fresh resources for all children revolving around the Read, Write Inc Phonics approach.
  • Teachers also teach reading through group guided reading lessons which focus on the next steps for children to make progress.  This gives the children greater opportunities to learn the mechanics of reading and the understanding of reading and to discuss their responses to written material.
  • The school uses reading books that are banded by colour which the children take home. 
  • Parents are encouraged to become involved in their children's reading by sharing books at home, discussing their reading, encouraging children to choose their own books and visiting the school and local library.


  • To support writing development the school uses Talk for Writing developed by Pie Corbett. This is  an approach to teaching writing that encompasses a three-stage pedagogy: ‘imitation’ (where pupils learn and internalise texts, to identify transferrable ideas and structures), ‘innovation’ (where pupils use these ideas and structures to co-construct new versions with their teachers), and ‘invention’ (where teachers help pupils to create original texts independently). These tasks aim to improve writing ability by giving pupils an understanding of the structure and elements of written language.
  • Punctuation and grammar teaching form an integral part of the English teaching and are embedded with daily English lessons.
  • We follow the Penpals Handwriting Scheme which encourages the development of a clear handwriting style.
  • We follow the 'No Nonsense' spelling scheme of work
  • We seek to maximise children’s learning across all areas of literacy and therefore we include opportunities for cross-curricular literacy activities where ever possible. Our planning is creative and engages the children with key literacy texts that will excite and engage them in the literacy process.


Mathematics curriculum:

The school also follows the guidelines as set out in the National curriculum for mathematics.

 A dedicated maths lesson every day. This will be between 45 - 60 minutes

  • Direct teaching and interactive work with the whole class, groups and individuals.
  • Weekly input on formal arithmetic methods.
  • Problem solving taught through units of work as well as discretely.
  • Opportunities are provided to enable children to show that they have mastered their learning.
  • Controlled differentiation, with all pupils engaged in mathematics relating to a common objective.
  • Year 6 pupils are arranged in "sets" for their lessons Mathematics lessons, with children split across three classes.
  • Children learn their times tables through a set of yearly ‘challenges’ which enable them to achieve certificates at various levels of attainment.
  • A weekly arithmetic challenge is given to all children which focuses on their knowledge and understanding of key maths strategies.  From this teachers can identify areas of weakness and address these through their lessons.


Science curriculum:

 Content currently under review - this will be updated soon.


Physical Education (P.E.) curriculum:

 Content currently under review - this will be updated soon.


Computing curriculum:

ICT and Computing in Primary Schools now a much greater emphasis on learning about computers and teaching children how to use code. Within our Computing Curriculum, our pupils get practical experience of designing and writing computer programmes so that they understand the basic principles of computer science.

We use the online Purple Mash sequence of learning to facilitate our Computing provision. Within this scheme pupils learn about Animation, game design, blogging and coding, as well as key information technology skills such as word processing and using email. Alongside this we deliver up-to-date, relevant Online Safety sessions every half term, helping children to understand safe ways to interact with others, use social media and express themselves online.

Click here more information about the Computing Curriculum in Primary Schools.

Click here for our dedicated page to Online Safety.


Religious Education (R.E.) curriculum:

 Content currently under review - this will be updated soon.