Our Curriculum

A wide range of creative learning experiences are offered throughout the time your child is with us at Trottiscliffe CEP School. Children may be taught individually, in small groups within the class or in whole class groups, depending upon the nature of the subject being taught. This enables us to match the ability of your child to their next stage in learning. The children are encouraged to work in a sensible and purposeful manner within a carefully structured learning environment. In Year R children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is specially tailored to meet the needs of 3 – 5 year olds.  Further information about this Early Years Curriculum can be found by clicking here. During Year 1 this is gradually phased out as your child becomes ready, and the National Curriculum is introduced.

The new National Curriculum for England was introduced in September 2014. 

The core subjects of the new National Curriculum are:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science.
In addition primary schools are required to teach:
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages (at Key Stage 2).
All schools are also required to teach Religious Education and, as a Church of England school, we follow the curriculum set by the Rochester Diocese. All schools should also make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

At Trottiscliffe, we have devised a rolling programme to cater for the mixed age groups in each class to ensure that over the course of their time in the school, all children will cover the content of this new curriculum. 

We have included a link to a Parents’ Guide to the National Curriculum for your information.

Class Curriculum Overviews


At Trottiscliffe, we use Letters and Sounds to teach our children phonics and ultimately how to read, write and spell. Alongside this we also use songs and actions from Jolly Phonics and additional resources from the Read Write Inc synthetic phonics schemes. This is a whole school approach which begins with the basic sounds and letter formations and moves to more complex sounds and spellings linked with reading and comprehension. Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 learn their phonics hand in hand with learning to read.   Children with difficulties reading further up the school, access the programme in order to fill the gaps in their learning and enable them to make progress in line with their peers. This method of phonics teaching is both systematic and repetitive in order to embed the learning while also being entertaining and fun for all the children. During Phonics sessions, all children are grouped appropriately into smaller, working groups of pupils with similar phonic understanding.

In Years 1 and 2, children follow the Collins Big Cat reading scheme to ensure a systematic progression of reading skills is developed.  Then if children require guidance on selecting suitable books in Key Stage Two, there are a selection of books colour banded by ability.  All children are expected to read aloud to an adult for ten minutes each day in order to progress as a fluent confident reader.

We have adopted a text-led approach to our English teaching where all planning is set in the context of a high-quality text. Children become fully-immersed in these story which enables them to hook their learning onto this and build on from their different starting points to meet the demands of the new curriculum.


The new Maths Curriculum encourages the development of a ‘Mastery’ approach to maths teaching where all children first focus on developing fluency of a concept; then move on to be able to reason and explain their understanding; and finally are able to apply this knowledge to problem solving.

We encourage all our children to recognise when they have achieved each stage and are ready to move on to the next challenge or seek further support. In this way, they gain greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and are able to reflect and make decisions on how they could improve further.

All children are expected to know all multiplication tables facts by the end of Year 4 up to 12 x 12.  These are taught, practiced and tested in class each week.

Please find on the right hand side, links to each class’s Curriculum Overviews for this year and to the Curriculum Skills Progression for the whole school by subject.

Subject Curriculum & Skills Progressions