Our Curriculum

On entry to year 1, and through to year 6, children follow the National Curriculum.

We believe in developing a well-educated child and provide opportunities in all year groups to ensure that children are school-ready, work-ready and life-ready. We provide a challenging, language rich, investigative 21st century skills and knowledge based curriculum. It captures the imagination of our children, stimulates their natural curiosity and creates a love of learning that is life long. Teachers and children choose engaging learning challenges that develop key knowledge and skills linked to National Curriculum. Visits, visitors and hooks for learning are an integral part of this.

All our children are actively involved in learning that goes beyond the classroom. Forest School, outdoor learning, sport, the arts and The Oldham Passport to Success empower our children to take risks, be respectful and responsible, develop empathy, make informed choices and importantly develop healthy bodies and minds.

As a school we teach synthetic phonics, using ‘Letters and Sounds’. This is taught from Reception to Year 2 and for targeted groups in Key Stage 2. Guided reading sessions are also delivered daily across KS1 and KS2. This ensures that the teaching of reading develops decoding and cueing strategies, reading for meaning and the application of phonics. In addition to quality whole class texts we use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme for individual reading.

In Y3 all children are taught to play the violin by a strings specialist. In Y4 children a receive a 30 minute swimming lesson each week. We also timetable RE and PSHE each week giving them equal status to other ‘foundation’ subjects. PE is taught by classteachers, a sports coach and dance specialists; All children receive two, 45 minute sessions per week and undertake a 15 minute daily additional active session.

Information about the National Curriculum is available at:


Click the link below for guidance on reading:

Reading Guidance for Parents


Focus-Trust Position Statement on Curriculum and British Values


Curriculum Overviews

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2018/2019

Year 2 Curriculum Overview 2018/2019

Year 3 Curriculum Overview 2018/2019

Year 4 Curriculum Overview 2018/2019

Year 5 Curriculum Overview 2018/2019

Year 6 Curriculum Overview 2018/2019


To view the curriculum newsletters click here: Coppice Curriculum Newsletters