The curriculum and how we teach

Staff work together to ensure that children in each year group follow an appropriate curriculum and that this builds on what has been experienced in the previous class.  As far as possible we try to start from the children's experience and extend it.  This may involve educational outings and school journeys.


Our teachers strive to develop the children's enthusiasm and interest as a basis for learning.  Praise and encouragement can do wonders for a child's self-confidence, which has a major impact on progress and development.


Children's work is displayed attractively throughout the school.  This not only gives due recognition of the efforts and abilities of all children, but also acts as a stimulus to others, motivating them to greater levels of achievement.


We continually try to improve the standard of education by reviewing areas of the curriculum, methods of teaching, assessment procedures and programmes of work.  Future planning is determined by our School Improvement Plan which encompasses all aspects of our teaching.


The aims of our curriculum are:

  • To promote spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development of the children
  • To help children acquire the knowledge, skills and practical abilities which will meet their needs now and in the future.
  • To develop in children a sense of respect for themselves and for others and the ability to co-operate with others.
  • To develop a confident, positive and enthusiastic attitude to life in and out of school.
  • To develop in children an awareness and sensitivity to others' feelings, beliefs and ideas.
  • To help each child to acquire a set of moral values, self-confidence and attitudes consistent with high standards of behaviour and the development of self-discipline.
We use the White Rose maths scheme as a basis for our maths work from Y1-6 and this is supplemented by other schemes such as Classroom Secrets, NRich and Target Your Maths. In Early Years we use Hamilton Trust to meet the objectives in the EYFS Curriculum. The schemes are adapted each year to meet the needs of each cohort of children.

Mathletics is an online resource that we use in school and for homework and Times Tables Rockstars is introduced from Y1 to give children the opportunity to practise their times tables online.


Below you will find a curriculum overview for Years 1 to 6.

  • Marian Vian Primary School, Shirley Crescent,
  • Elmers End, Beckenham, England,
  • BR3 4AZ
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