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Curriculum, Phonics & British Values

Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Shepherds Down follows the broad framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and The National Curriculum.

Please see the the tables below which explain the programme of study coverage for each year group.

Key Stage 1 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 2 Curriculum Map

We are happy to provide further information if you wish to contact the school

Our curriculum is highly differentiated and every child has their own curriculum plan which is reviewed half termly.

For more information please refer to the curriculum policy.



Pupils follow the Read, Write Inc programme for introducing phonics and reading.


British Values      

British values are promoted through the daily activities at school, the attitudes and modelling of staff and through the taught curriculum.

All children will be encouraged to:

  • Communicate their needs
  • Listen to others
  • Wait and take turns
  • Understand that everyone is unique and different
  • Understand that some actions are right or wrong
  • Show respect for everyone

Some children will be encouraged to:

  • Understand that others may have different views from themselves and each other
  • Share their feelings and views
  • Learn that they choose how they behave and can make good choices
  • Appreciate that everyone is equal
  • Take responsibility around the school and in their own choices

The following activities offer opportunities to promote British values:

  • Circle times
  • Assemblies
  • Student council
  • Outside visitors e.g. police/fire service
  • School and class rules
  • Celebration of achievement
  • Celebrating events e.g. Remembrance day/Harvest
  • Fundraising for different charities
  • School café

Some topics will promote British values in the curriculum:

  • RE themes – e.g. looking at different religions
  • PSHE themes
  • Topics – e.g. ‘All about me’, ‘Great Britain’, ‘Olympics’
  • History topics and living history
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