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Our Curriculum

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Our Curriculum


Thank you for taking a look at our curriculum pages.   Below you will find an outline of Key Stages 1 and 2 Contexts for Learning. For more information on individual subjects, please see the overview documents at the bottom of the page.


You will also find an overview of our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, including core and specific areas of learning, and characteristics of learning.  


 If you'd like a more in-depth look at any of the information below, please take a look at our Teaching For Learning Policy.


Key Stages 1 and 2 – The National Curriculum


Our curriculum has developed from thoughtful reflection about children’s experiences at school, our understanding of how children learn and a desire for children to both enjoy their experience at Primary school and to feel challenged and excited.


Contexts for Learning


‘Contexts for Learning’ are a series of wide reaching concepts that allow teachers to deliver the National Curriculum creatively by making meaningful learning links leading to deeper understanding and retention of skills.


At Aerodrome we understand that children enjoy learning in different ways and have different strengths. Our curriculum supports the different learning styles and gives value to the full range of National Curriculum Subjects taught.

Context for Learning Stimulus Questions

Context for Learning Stimulus Questions 1

How is the Curriculum Planned? 

All planning for each context begins with an enquiry based question. Teachers create a four stage plan using questions and ideas generated by the children in their class. This plan is used to develop an engaging and rigorous learning journey covering all areas of the National Curriculum. 

The four stages are: 

1. Engage - a stimulating start to the learning

2. Develop - developing knowledge and skills

3. Innovate - applying skills learnt

4. Express - showcasing the learning via an end product


Surface to Deep Skills Development

Each lesson is planned with a skills focus that gradually builds deeper learning ranging from surface (Knowledge based) to Deep (Evaluative)





Surface to Deep skills progression

Surface to Deep skills progression 1

The Early Year Foundation Stage


The Foundation Stage includes all children in our Nursery and Reception classes. The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory curriculum which is followed by all childcare providers, nursery settings and reception classes.


The curriculum is divided into core and specific key areas of learning and development. They are:


The  Prime Areas of Learning


communication and language
physical development
personal, social and emotional development


The Specific Areas of Learning


understanding the world
expressive arts and design


The learning characteristics:


playing and exploring
active learning
creating and thinking critically


Together, these areas of learning make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for your children as they grow, learn and develop. At Aerodrome we strive to ensure that each child’s learning and development occur as an outcome of their individual interests and abilities so our planned learning reflects this.


An EYFS learning journey will be completed for each child.  Each child will be assessed in relation to the 17 Early Leaning Goal descriptors.  Assessments will be based primarily on observation of daily activities and events.  For each ELG, practitioners must judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception Year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).


The completed EYFS Profile includes a short commentary on each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning.

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