Ashley C of E Primary School

Our Curriculum

At Ashley School we teach the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage in Reception, and the national curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1 to 6).

In Reception, there are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

In Years 1 - 6 we follow the national curriculum, which is taught through the subjects listed below.

Enquiries of Learning

Learning at Ashley is brought together through Enquiries of Learning, a cross-curricular approach which brings learning together in a meaningful way. Some aspects of learning are taught discretely. The principles of harmony are embedded within our Learning Enquiries, enabling children to develop an understanding of how the world works.

Please find our Enquiries of Learning here.


English Mathematics Science Design & Technology
History Geography Art & Design Music
Physical Education (including swimming) Ancient & Modern Foreign Languages Personal, Social & Health Education
Computing Religious Education Harmony


Curriculum information by half-term

Autumn 1 (2021-22) Autumn 2 (2021-22) Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Reception What makes me special? Bears and helpers Zoom to the moon Farm animals Stories Outside of the classroom
Year 1 Superheroes Victorians Castles Caribbean Seaside The Great Outdoors
Year 2 Being Healthy Fire of London Traditional Tales Around the World Dinosaurs Bees and Bugs
Year 3 Woodlands Africa Rainforests 1 Rainforests 2 Stone Age to Iron Age Romans
Year 4 Walton Tudors Space North America Ancient Egypt Food
Year 5 Rivers Oceans India Anglo-Saxons Nature Ancient Greece
Year 6 World War II Changes to Britain Polar regions Changes to Britain Mexico Leaders

This information includes a synopsis of what is studied in English, Mathematics and RE, with an overview of how the other subjects are taught within the context of the Learning Enquiry for that half term. Information will also be included about the format of the Great Works that will celebrate all of the children’s learning within their Learning Enquiry. The content is not exhaustive and the sheets have been designed to give parents a flavour of the current curriculum, rather than specific details.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that we offer a broad and balanced curriculum (in line with the National Curriculum), whilst maintaining the Eco, Harmony and sustainability links that we recognise are key to the Ashley community. Most of our foundation subjects are taught through the Learning Enquiry. Each Learning Enquiry is designed to be covered within a half-term, and is linked to a high-quality key text that the children will read and study in class.

We welcome any feedback regarding the information provided in these sheets and you are welcome to talk with your child’s teacher or Phase Leader if you have any questions regarding the curriculum.

Making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs

We welcome children with special educational needs or disabilities and value all children's unique contribution to school. We aim to identify children's special educational needs and disabilities as early as possible in collaboration with the children and their parents and carers.
High quality teaching is our first step in responding to pupils who have SEND. We also make the following adaptations to ensure all pupils’ needs are met:

  • Differentiating our curriculum to ensure all pupils are able to access it, for example, by grouping, 1:1 work, teaching style and content of the lesson.
  • Adapting our resources and staffing
  • Using recommended aids, such as laptops, coloured overlays, visual timetables, task boards and larger font.
  • Differentiating our teaching, for example, giving longer processing times, pre-teaching of key vocabulary, reading instructions aloud and using visual resources.

Information and services for young people from 0-25 years old and their families with Special Educational Needs or a Disability can be found here: Surrey Local Offer