Stanford 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
Page Updated 02.01.19


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.

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

Current Year Groups June 2018





All About Me (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

To Infinity & Beyond (f)

All Creatures Great & Small(f)

Calling All Superheroes (f)

Minibeasts (f)

Year 1

Big Brave Bears (1)


Toy Story (1)

Through my Window (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

Jurassic Journey (f)

Dear Zoo (f)

Superheroes (f)

Here and There (f)

Year 2

Great Fire of London (2)

The Jungle Book (2)

Back to Earth with Bump (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)

Year 3

Island Adventure (3)

Stone to Rome (3)

Inventors and Inventions (3)

Superheroes (2)

The Jungle Book (2)

The Victorians (2)

Watch Out! Dinosaurs About (1)

A Place Down Under (1)

In an English Country Garden (1)

Mr Men and Little Miss (f)

Mythical Madness (f)

Under and Over (f)

Year 4

Incredible Journeys (4)

Viking Invaders & Saxon settlements (4)

Extreme Earth (4)

Time Travellers: Flint, Roundhouses and Mosaics (3)

Sea Shores (3)

The Lion King (3)

Julia Donaldson and Friends (2)

St. Lucia (2)

Vincent and Lawrence (2)

Bears (1)

What’s Inside? (1)

Beside the Seaside (1)

Magnificent Marvellous Me (f)

Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus (f)

Kings, Queens & Castles (f)

Year 5

Extraordinary Egyptians (5)

Aurora and Wonder (5)

The Odyssey (5)

Intrepid Explorers (4)

Vikings Invaders and Saxon Settlements (4)

I-Spy (4)

Time Travellers: Flint, Roundhouses and Mosaics (3)

Pirates (3)

Brazil (3)

Underground Overground (2)

Full Steam Ahead (2)

Great! Britain (2)

Cats (1)

Magical Creatures (1)

Journeys (1)

Ourselves (f)

All Creatures Great and Small (f)

Superheroes / To Infinity & Beyond (f)

Year 6


The Mysterious Maya (6)

Not all superheroes wear capes

The Extraordinary Ancient Egyptians (5)

Aurora and Wonder (5)

Ancient Greece (5)

Roald Dahl (4)

Around the World in 80 Days (4)

Vikings Invaders and Saxon Settlements (4)

The Romans are Coming! (3)

Desert Island (3)

The Lion King (3)

Pirates (2)

Australia (2)

The Great Fire of London (2)

Read a book because it's terrific (1)


Our Beautiful Village (1)

Ourselves (f)

Animals & Minibeasts (f)

Our World, Our Country (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
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Religious Education
  • Art & Design
  • Design Technology
  • Music
  • PE
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) & Citizenship
  • Languages - French

In our phonics teaching, we use the following resources: Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics & Phonics Play.

We use a range of reading schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Songbirds and Floppy's Phonics.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Follows the 2014 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.