The basic curriculum is made up of Core and Foundation subjects of which there are ten:

  • English, Mathematics and Science
  • Geography, History, Computing, Art, Music, PE, DT & RE

We have clear schemes and guidance to guide the teaching and learning in the school to help ensure that all children, no matter what their ability, achieve their full potential.

In a primary school, there are three “Key Stages” for the different age groups:

  • The Foundation Stage: 4 to 5

  • Key Stage One: 5 to 7

  • Key Stage Two: 7 to 11

In each year group, we adopt a cross-curricular approach to learning and subjects are taught through an overarching topic each term. Occasionally, as with RE, subjects may be taught discretely in order for them receive the focus they deserve rather than tenuous links being made.

Our curriculum is designed around a two-year cycle with all elements of the National Curriculum (2014) being taught within those two cycles. The objectives are subdivided into key stage 1, lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2 in order to ensure coverage and progression. Each year, teaching staff  decide on three termly topics which encompass relevant objectives and ensure breadth and balance of all the subjects within the curriculum.

We believe that teaching objectives via a topic gives them relevance and interest. Children are also able to make links across different subjects and they know that their learning has both purpose and focus. We also ensure that our planning and teaching encompasses horizontal links and progression within a year group as well as those that the children learn as they move to different year groups.

Although important, the National Curriculum is not the only educational experience that we offer to our children. We aim to give them a much more rounded experience and a sense of their place in their locality and the wider world. Within each topic, we teach a worldwide link and a global citizenship element so that children gain a greater perspective and understanding of the world in which they live.

Through all these cross-curricular areas, we aim to ensure that we provide children with a caring, responsible and understanding attitude towards the world in which they live, their role in it and to the people with whom they will share it. We spend a lot of time developing life skills and all children will experience a variety of activities so that they may develop the skills necessary to become successful members of society.

Our PSHE and RSE curriculum is specifically designed for pupils to develop an awareness and understanding of how our bodies and emotions change as we grow. Our policy is also aimed at  teaching children how to grow into positive, responsible people by raising self-esteem, developing skills of co-operation and independence and accepting responsibility.

Curriculum - parents and carers can find out more about our curriculum by reading our most recent Ofsted report.


Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.

  •  We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.

  • We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.

  • We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.

  • We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.

The aims of our school curriculum are:

  •  to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;

  • to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;

  • to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information technology;

  • to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;

  • to teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society has changed over time;

  • to help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage;

  • to enable children to be positive citizens in society;

  • to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;

  • to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong;

  • to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;

  • to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Please click here to see how we know our curriculum is working.

Use the links below to view the plan for each subject.


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Address: Aston Fence J&I School, Sheffield Road, Woodhouse Mill, Sheffield S13 9ZD

"Where Everybody is Somebody"

Our Vision

Our vision for Aston Fence is one of high standards achieved through the creative nature of the curriculum offered to children, the sense of purpose, relevance and the excitement in learning to which children are constantly and consistently exposed.

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