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 03.10.19


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.

From September 2019 we will be using the Jigsaw Approach to teach our PSHE, as it brings together Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education, emotional literacy, social skills, moral and spiritual development in an age appropriate, progressive scheme. The whole school will work on the same theme (puzzle) at the same time, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Jigsaw Overview →

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

Current Year Groups June 2019





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 1

  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 2

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 3

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)

Year 4

Incredible Journeys (4)

Viking Invaders & Saxon settlements (4)

Extreme Earth (4)

Lost Landscapes (3)

Authors and Illustrators (3)

Let There Be Light (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 5

Extraordinary Egyptians (5)

Aurora and Wonder (5)

The Odyssey (5)

Incredible Journeys (4)

Vikings (4)

Extreme Earth (4)

Time Travellers: Flint, Roundhouses and Mosaics (3)

Sea Shores (3)

The Lion King (3)

Julia Donaldson & Friends (2)

St Lucia (2)

Vincent & 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 6


The Mysterious Maya (6)

The X Factory (6)

The Extraordinary Ancient Egyptians (5)

Aurora and Wonder (5)

Ancient Greece (5)

Intrepid Explorers (4)

Viking Invaders & 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)

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.