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Stanford in the vale CE Primary SchoolStanford in the vale CE Primary School
High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Siams Outstanding and Ofsted Good Provider
Siams Outstanding and Ofsted Good Provider
Page Updated 07.06.22


At Stanford in the Vale CE we believe children learn best when they are enthused, challenged and can see the relevance of what they are learning.

Our curriculum is topic based, with the children learning through a creative, cross curricular approach. The children help pick the topics and content they would like to cover, based on their interests or questions they would like answered. Three topics are taught throughout an academic year. We aim to develop key skills, problem solving strategies and good learning habits which will allow them to cope with the wider world and different situations.

The curriculum complies with the duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010. We are committed to ensuring that the approaches and methods used to teach a range of issues do not subject individual pupils to discrimination.

Our curriculum also complies with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Regulations 2014. Information about the school's policies for making provision for pupils with special educational needs (whether or not pupils have EHC Plans) is explained in more detail in the SEND Information report.

Read the National Curriculum Progression Targets Here...

Over the last seven years, the children have covered the following topics:

Current Year Groups September 2021





All About Me (f)

Let's Celebrate (f)

Now and Then (f)

Growing (f)

Amazing Animals (f)

This is Our World (f)

Year 1

  Polar Explorers (1)

Where in there world did that come from? (1)

What is a Monarch and what do they do? (1)

This is Me (f)

Stick Man (f)

Jurassic Journey (f)

All Creatures Great And Small (f)

Calling all Superheroes (f)

Once Upon a Time (f)

Year 2

  Sparks (2)

A Place Down Under (2)

Me in my World (2)

  When the Stars Come Out (1)

Tea, Toast and Tomato Ketchup (1)

Dragons, Knights and Castles (1)

This is Me (f)

Stick Man (f)

Jurassic Journey (f)

There is no Planet B (f)

Calling all Superheroes (f)

All creatures great and small (f)

Year 3

  Into the rainforest (3)

Roald Dahl (3)

Stone Age – Iron Age (3)

  Into the Forest (2)

London's Burning (2)

Incredible India (2)

  When the Stars Come Out (1)

A Place Down Under (1)

Colossal Castles (1)

Who am? What am I? Where am I? (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

To Infinity & Beyond (f)

All Creatures Great & Small(f)

Calling All Superheroes (f)

By The Seaside (f)

Year 4

  Down The Rabbit Hole (4)

Viking invaders and Saxon settlements (4)

Asia (4)

  Roald Dahl (3)

Stone Age – Iron Age (3)

Awesome Earth (3)

  Out of Africa (2)

The Victorians - What did they do for us? (2)

Twisted Tales (2)

  Roarsome Dinosaurs (1)


Toy Story (1)

All About Me (f)

Take a stroll through the deep dark woods (f)

  Turrets & Tiaras (f)

  Beaks & Squeaks (f)

  The Shopping Basket (f)

  Minibeasts (f)

Year 5

The Extraordinary Egyptians! (5)

Aurora and Wonder! (5)

The Odyssey (5)

Down The Rabbit Hole (4)

Viking invaders and Saxon settlements (4)

Asia (4)

Roald Dahl (3)

Into the Rainforest (3)

Stone Age – Iron Age (3)

Great Fire of London (2)

The Bare Necessites (2)

Back to Earth with Bump (2)

  Big Brave Bears (1)

  Frozen Planet (1)

  Dragons, Knights & Castles (1)

Through My Window (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

Jurassic Journey (f)

Dear Zoo (f)

Superheroes (f)

  Here & There (f)

Year 6

WW2 (6)

The Mysterious Maya (6)

Olivia (6)

The Extraordinary Egyptians (5)

Aurora and Wonder! (5)

The Odyssey (5)

Asia (4)

Viking Invaders & Saxon Settlements (4)

Down the Rabbit Hole (4)

Island Adventure (3)

Stone to Rome (3)

Inventors and Inventions (3)

The Jungle Book (2)

The Victorians (2)

Underground Overground (2)

Frozen Planet (1)

Are We Nearly There Yet? (1)

Colossal Castles (1)

The Gruffalo (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

Whatever Next (f)

Rosie’s Walk (f)

The Night Pirates (f)

Castles (f)

The children work towards purposeful outcomes, which take on a variety of forms e.g. productions, written media, models, web pages.

We ensure we teach the National Curriculum objectives to Key Stages One and Two, by careful monitoring and some discrete teaching of subjects.

The National Curriculum
(please click on the subject to see the progression throughout the school.)

In our phonics teaching, we follow the accredited SSP programme: Twinkl Phonics.

We use a range of reading schemes which we have aligned with Twinkl Phonics including: Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds and Floppy's Phonics.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Follows the 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a statutory framework that sets standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five.

There are seven areas of learning and development, three prime areas and four specific areas:

Three Prime Areas
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
Four Specific Areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children engage in a range of 'child initiated activities' (things they have chosen to do) and 'focused practical tasks' (activities undertaken with an adult). During these activities and tasks, children are observed and these inform staff judgements and next steps.

Children always have access to the inside and outside classroom.

The children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of their time in Sunflower Class. See these Goals HERE...