Early Years

At Buxton School Primary Phase,  we aim to deliver a broad, balanced but varied curriculum. One where the children can involved themselves in it’s delivery and take ownership of it’s development. We are currently developing ways to make the curriculum much more cross-curricular in its’ delivery and develop creativity. 

The Primary Phase Curriculum is currently under review due to the launch of a new primary curriculum from 2011. Many of the recommendations are being implemented already across the school but a full review will begin in the Summer Term 2010 with staff to ensure enough time is given to the planning process before implementation.

Further information of the review of the primary curriculum and the new curriculum can be found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/primarycurriculumreview/ and www.qca.org.uk/curriculumconsultation

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The National Curriculum

The Primary Phase currently  follows the National Curriculum which has been established by the Government. In Primary Schools, the curriculum has specific areas of study.

These are the core areas:

  1.       English
  2.       Mathematics
  3.       Science
  4.       Information and Communication Technology

The Foundation Subject areas are:

  1.       History
  2.       Geography
  3.       Art and Design
  4.       Design Technology
  5.       Music
  6.       Physical Education
  7.       Personal, Health and Social Education including Citizenship

Religious Education is a statutory subject that is also taught.

The National Curriculum sets out the framework and the areas of study that we teach for each Primary Year Group.

Literacy and Numeracy Strategies

The Government introduced Literacy and Numeracy hours in 1997 and these have been revised and implemented in 2009. This means that throughout the school from Year 1, English and Mathematics are taught for one hour each day. The children in this school from Year 1  are grouped by ability and work with the three teachers assigned to each Year Team. The work covered is set in the frameworks provided by the Government. 

Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception Classes, the children work to the Foundation Stage Curriculum. This is provided through areas of learning which does cover areas of the National Curriculum but allow more flexibility of implementation.The children at this stage will be assessed using the Foundation Stage Profile, which helps to identify where the child is at on entry and how they need to develop. It helps to show the progress made each term and the development needed to progress.

There is an emphasis on learning though play and social interaction. Much is taught within an integrated curriculum.

Inclusive Education

The school is an inclusive school and we have many children with Special Educational Needs. We do have a number of children with disabilities.


Language is an essential element of the curriculum. We aim to give the children mastery of the basic skills of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing with understanding, and also to  provide regular opportunities for drama. All the children are helped to achieve their very best. Those with special education needs are given extra support within the classroom and may sometimes be withdrawn in small groups or, if needed on an individual basis.

The school encourages reading at home and encourages the parents to be fully involved with their child’s reading development. Parents are reminded that  they should be spending a short period of time every day reading with their child. Children have access to a number of reading sources including the school library and are encouraged to take books home to share with their family. The school also encourages parents/guardians to take their children to local public libraries.      


We aim to teach our children that mathematics is enjoyable and a useful tool. We provide firm grounding in the basic skills to enable the children to approach the subject with confidence. The basic core scheme used throughout the school is the National Numeracy Strategy but staff supplement the children’s work from other sources as the need arises, ensuring children experience numeracy in many different ways, particularly developing problem-solving using basic numeracy skills.

Mathematics work is not all bookwork, but includes opportunities for practical work, investigations and the development of the skills needed to use calculators. A great emphasis is also put on the child’s ability to perform mental arithmetic.


Science is an active, exciting way of learning about everyday life and the world that we live in, we aim to enable the children to apply this knowledge to their own lives.The children experience science through four themes; experimental and investigative science, life processes and living themes, materials and their properties and physical processes. 
The school uses a variety of resources to cover teaching requirements of the QCA Scheme of Work for science. As much as possible is carried out through a first-hand experience approach.

Information Communication Technology

We aim to give all children adequate access to and experience of the appropriate computer hardware and software as part of their learning experiences in school. Children will be given opportunities to use these for developing communication skills, investigation and control. They will become discerning in their use of IT, selecting information, sources and media for their suitability for the purpose and assess the value of IT in their working practices.

We have two computer suites with networked computers with Internet access, which enables whole class teaching. In addition, each class has an  Interactive Whiteboards and a computer in each classroom, which enhances the teaching and learning of every subject. We are currently in the process of installing visualisers in each classroom to use alongside the whiteboard for a range of subjects.

Through the progressive Scheme of Work year on year the children develop skills which enable them to progress to more sophisticated levels of working the further they move through the school. The comprehensive assessment system allows staff to monitor carefully the progress made each term.

The children will also have the opportunity to use digital cameras and digital recording cameras during their time at the school.

Religious Education

“The Education Act  1996 reuires school to offer religious education to all children, unless  parents withdraw them from the provision.. The school follows the multi-faith R.E. syllabus  (Standing Advisory Council of Religious Education) agreed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest for use in all our schools.

Children within the Buxton School Primary Phase come from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. We consider this wealth of diverse experience when approaching Religious Education in the curriculum. We do not  teach a particular set of beliefs but  provide children with opportunities to explore, and learn by looking at the main world religions to develop a sense of understanding of the main world religions.

A daily act of collective worship takes place either in the halls or in the classroom.”

Religious Education is taught on a weekly basis. In addition to the formal lessons the staff, endeavour to integrate values, beliefs and concepts into all other areas of the curriculum. You have the right to withdraw your child from Assembly if you have genuine reasons. Please see the Head Teacher who will make the necessary arrangements.