The first curriculum your child will encounter when starting at Chalfont Valley is the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).  The EYFS works within four key principles:

A unique child + positive relationships + enabling environments = learning and development

The curriculum is divided into seven areas, three prime and four specific areas:

Three Prime AreasFour Specific Areas
Personal, social and emotional developmentLiteracy
Communication and languageMathematics
Physical developmentUnderstanding the world
Expressive arts

We follow child-led topics, listening to the children’s interests and ideas. Alongside this we also learn through theme and topic work which are set out below. We love to go on visits and also welcome visitors into school to enhance the curriculum.


KS1 and KS2


At Chalfont Valley, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum. The English curriculum consists of four main learning areas;

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)

The children have 1 hour of English daily which includes reading, writing, speaking and listening and GPS.  Key stage 1 children have a further 30 minutes of reading, including phonics  while Key Stage 2 children have a further hour of reading.  Phonics teaching follows the Read, Write Inc. programme.  We use Talk for Writing to enable children to internalise language and story patterns.  Children are exposed to and taught to write a variety of different genres of writing such as:

  • Instructions
  • Explanation texts
  • Recount
  • Story writing
  • Poetry
  • Discussion
  • Play scripts
  • Information texts
  • Persuasive texts
  • Narrative
  • Non-fiction
  • Non-chronological report
  • Traditional tales

Chalfont Valley has a variety of independent and banded reading books. The books are grouped and the children work through the bands as they become more proficient. Children are encouraged to change their book daily.


At Chalfont Valley we follow the 2014 National Curriculum which consists of six main learning areas:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measure and shape
  • Position and direction

Children are taught maths for an hour a day.  At Chalfont Valley, we like to adopt a hands on approach to maths where the children are given opportunities to experience their mathematical learning through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.

Foundation Subjects

The foundation subject curriculum involves the teaching of science, geography, art, and design and technology. We cover these subjects through topic based work, where each year group has a topic for the term and each of these foundation subjects are taught through the theme of the topic.

SubjectYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6
ScienceMy bodyLiving things / habitatsPlants / animalsDigestion and teeth / soundCirculatory / evaluation and inheritanceAnimal and plant life cycles /change
Materials / plantsForces and movement / magnetsRocks / fossilisationChanging state / water cycleLight and shadowProperties of materials / changing materials
Materials / animalsLife cyclesLight / magnetsClarrifying / electricityElectricity / micro-organismsEarth and space / forces
HistoryToys past and presentRemembrance DayBronze Age / Iron AgeAncient EgyptAncient GreeceBaghdad c900
CastlesGreat Fire of LondonRoman EmpireTrade and transportCrime and punishmentHow we use Ancient Greek ideas today
Homes from the pastFlorence NightingaleAnglo-Saxons and ScotsVikings and Anglo-SaxonsMyansShang Dynasty
GeographyWhere do I live?My world and meInvestigating a local areaUK countries and citiesNorth and South AmericaNorth or South America region study
Around the worldLet's go on safariCountries / weather of the worldEuropean region studyExtreme EarthThe Globe
At the farmSeasidesOur European neighboursVillage settlersSouth America region stdyRivers and people
Art and DesignPaper artGiuseppe ArcimboldoGoldsworthy natural artDa VinciAndy Warhol and Pop ArtMonet and Impressionism
Colour creationsInvestigating materialsArchitect BrunelGormleyMichelangeloTake 1 picture
Self portrait / plantsWilliam MorrisTake a seatGaudiJean Paul GaultierCityscapes
Design & TechnologyBeing healthyWinding upMoving monstersAlarmsMaking temples and coins (Ancient Greece)Fashion and textiles
HomesVehiclesSandwich snacksStory booksBiscuits and breadsCookery (savoury)
Perfect pizzaPuppetsPhoto framesMoney containersQuiz boardsBuilding bridges
MusicME FireworksME DinosaursAfrican drummingME Animal magicME The Blues and ScatME
ME Treasure IslandME Exploring soundsME Carnival animalsAfrican drumming / ME dragon scalesME Loopy weatherME
ME WeatherME Four legged friendsSamba drummingShow tunesAfrican drummingME
Religious EducationBeing MeBelonging to a religionFestivalsPlaces of workshipChristianityIslam
What is special to meSpecial occasionsPlaces of worshipSacred textsHinduismChristianity
Special religions / places / occasionsSpecial places / peopleRites of passageTraditionsBuddhismHumanism
ComputingE-safetyWord processingUsing data / e-safetyE-safety / using dataE-safety / using dataProgramming controls / using data
Coding / digital mediaC&CC&C / Word processingDigital media / Word processingDigital media / Word processingC&C / multimedia
C&CE-safety / digital mediaDigital media / codingC&C programming controlsC&C programming controlsDigital media internet
SMSCNew beginningsNew beginningsNew beginnings / getting onNew beginnings / getting onNew beginnings / getting onNew beginnings / getting on
Going for goalsGoing for goalsGoing for goals / good to be meGoing for goals / good to be meGoing for goals / good to be meGoing for goals / good to be me
Relationships / changesRelationships / changesRelationships / changesRelationships / changesRelationships / changesRelationships / changes

physical education

Children have at least two hours of Physical Education a week. PE teaching consists of six main teaching and learning areas, outlined below.

Outdoor and adventurous activities

Children are taught by a specialist PE teacher who visits the academy and when appropriate, they are taken to a local leisure centre to be taught by specialist swim coaches.

SMSC and British Values

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education) is at the core of all the academy’s teaching across the curriculum. The children are taught about the acceptance of others, cultural similarities and differences as well as looking at religions worldwide. Children learn about healthy lifestyles, keeping safe, peer pressure, physical development and relationships. All essential parts of life and learning needed as they get older.

Through our SMSC learning, we teach the children about religion and expose them to collective worship. All children learn about world faiths and are taught to respect the beliefs of others.

Children are encouraged to take time to reflect on their own experiences, behaviours and opinions and discuss them in a safe learning environment. A collective act of worship takes place every day in school assemblies, where the whole school are taught about events in the news or a specific theme relevant at the time.

There are five fundamental British values that the children are taught:

  1. Democracy
  2. The rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Mutual respect
  5. Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

These are discussed and explored with the children through the teaching of our curriculum, class reflection times, school assemblies, educational visits and people visiting the school. Chalfont Valley prides itself on the core British values underpinning the ethos and environment of the school.

If you would like more information on the curriculum, the forst port of call is your child’s teacher.  They will be more than willing to see you after school to answer your questions.  Alternatively, you can make an appointment to see Miss Costelloe or Mr Hart through the school office.

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