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Snape Wood Curriculum


Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which can be found by clicking the link below. We are continually improving our curriculum to ensure we not only meet but exceed the requirements of the national curriculum in providing our pupils with a knowledge-rich education to ensure their success as they move into KS3. The National Curriculum document shows the statutory objectives for the knowledge, skills and understanding that we teach at Snape Wood from Year 1 to Year 6. 


Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world.  The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more.  We are developing a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years. 


One of the central aims of our curriculum is to ensure that our pupils develop their character through Snape Wood’s PRIDE values: Positive, Respect, Inquisitive, Determination and Empathy. These are weaved into our curriculum so that the children are taught the values we wish them to have in later life.

For example, we want the children to be inquisitive and want to learn a great deal about the world both at school and at home. Therefore, in History, each year group will study local history as well as historical periods from around the world.


We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know the easier it is for them to know more.  This is why we are placing particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum.  Parents can support this work through completing the topic homework and by looking at each topic overview. These are sent out at the beginning of each half term.


The document below shows an overview of the curriculum at Snape Wood for each subject and each year group.





At Snape Wood, we follow the White Rose Maths schemes of learning. The schemes of learning are broken down into a yearly overview detailing which maths concepts are taught over the course of the year. This is then broken down further for each term into a small steps overview with more detailed guidance for each small step. This is used to support the planning of maths alongside the classroom secrets resources. Each section of the small steps provides key questions to be asked and notes and guidance on possible barriers to learning.


White Rose maths also details a progression document for year 1-6 on each area of maths and how each concept progresses through the school building on content year- by- year. It also shows how each year builds on the statutory national curriculum objectives in maths.



At Snape Wood, we follow Letters and Sounds to teach phonics, with a consistent approach across Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Phonics continues for all children until they no longer need it. All staff plan directly from the Letters and sounds document the reading leader ensures this is printed. Staff know to use the appropriate appendices to select words. Resources are constantly checked to ensure they are in line with Letters and Sounds.


History, Geography and Science

We are developing a bespoke knowledge-rich curriculum which gives children access to broad knowledge in subjects such as History, Geography and Science. We have a well sequenced programme that builds knowledge and vocabulary in a well thought out way and ensures that learning is remembered for the long term.  We ensure content meets and exceeds the national curriculum. Content is planned so that more difficult abstract concepts are covered in different contexts over time. For example in History children develop an understanding of Monarchy by learning about different Kings and Queens throughout KS1 and 2 to understand hereditary monarchy.  Pupils use their studies in these subjects to develop their writing and many units of work contain  opportunities for the children to write based on what they have learned. 
We have high expectations for what children will know and remember in each subject.


When the children enter Year 3 they undertake a four-year programme of Classics education which incorporates the Latin language. We use the Maximum Classics Scheme. We are supported in our Classics education programme by the charity Classics For All.  We believe that learning Latin gives our children a strong foundation to move to secondary school and study other languages. The study of Latin also support children's understanding of English and, in particular, grammar and etymology (where words come from). Because this is the first year we have undertaken Latin, we have a progressive four-year curriculum.


At Snape Wood we follow Nottingham Agreed Syllabus. The aim is to develop an understanding of different religions and promote tolerance of others. Our teaching often focuses on the key stories from different religions.  If parents have any questions about our RE teaching please ring the school to make an appointment with our RE lead.


Art and Design

In art, pupils will learn about some of the most significant pieces of art that have been created and the artists that created them. They will also learn how to produce their own pieces of art in a range of different forms.  We place great emphasis on teaching pupils to draw in KS2 so that their skills build up over time. We ensure pupils have lots of chance to practice the basics so that they are able to use their knowledge to create their own pieces of art at the end of a unit of study.


Design and Technology


Our Design Technology curriculum is based on the planning provided The Design and Technology Association. We use their projects on a page resources to form the basis of our DT curriculum. Pupils take part in designing, making and evaluating a range of different projects and learn about some of the great engineers of the past. Projects involve making mechanisms such as levers, learning to sew and food technology where pupils learn to bake bread and amongst other things.



We base our Computing curriculum on Teach Computing scheme of work which ensures pupils gain a solid grasp of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to move onto further study at KS3. At Snape Wood Computing lessons are also taught by Junior Jam and is available to see in the curriculum overview document.



Our children take part in a programme of music tuition provided by Junior Jam. For more information on their lessons please see the curriculum overview.

Physical Education

Our PE curriculum is based around the Twinkl Move-It Scheme of work covering Athletics, Games, Dance, Gymnastics and Ball Skills. We are supported by Junior Jam in providing high quality PE for all year groups. Pupils in years 4, 5 and six also undertake an intensive block of swimming instruction.



We teach a wide ranging PSHE curriculum including Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) through SCARF (link below). We provide clear communication to parents about what is taught in RSE lessons. Before a unit of work is completed we invite parents in to discuss the content of the lessons and share any resources that we will use with them. Parents are then given the opportunity to withdraw their children from these lessons if needed.

Preparing for SATs

Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take SAT tests in the Summer term to check how they are progressing with their learning. SATs include tests of reading, grammar and mathematics. At Snape Wood we want all our children to achieve good results in these tests as they are good indicators of their general ability in maths and English. While we value the tests, we believe that a broad curriculum helps children to succeed rather than narrowing teaching to focus on English and Maths. We pride ourselves on ensuring that Year 6 children have access to the full range of subjects in the lead up to the tests in May. 



At Snape Wood, we provide enrichment activities within school and off site visits are planned carefully to enhance topics covered. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, off site visits and curriculum visitors to school has been temporarily disrupted and we endeavour to resume once guidance permits.