School Curriculum

Children follow a 2 year topic cycle. Topics include many subject disciplines and children learn more effectively because they find their work relevant and meaningful. Learning is also supported by our effective use of the school grounds and the  local area, all of which add to our rich envronment .

Year Date Autumn Spring Summer presentation
Rec A Ourselves & Toys Growth & Change Animals
B All About Me Places & People    Around Us Water
Year 1-2 A 2013 Ourselves Light and Sound Toys Topic   book
Year long study

ANIMALS – which seeds make the best   animal feed?

Video diary grps DVD

B 2014 Food Hot and cold Seaside Topic   book
Year   long study

GARDEN –how can we   grow tall sunflowers?

Video diary grps DVD

Year   3-4 A 2013 Selsey famous local people Contrasting   locality place/sch in London or abroad Farming Topic   books+ Pop up book
 long study

GARDEN – sell   vegetables to parents

Brochure + photostory

B 2014 Water  – how effective  are our sea defences? How green is our school?  Romans - Topic   book + zig zag
long   study


Topic book

Year   5-6 A 2013 Structureshow did Brunel’s engineering skills ? weatherincl   comparisons with other localities Britain during the 1940s Web   design + email links to ..Australia?
long   study

Weather- more   children come to school when its warm and sunny.

Web record of daily   weather + highs lows

B 2014 Transport – how did Brunel’s engineering skills ?Year 5 what was the Selsey tram ? Animation changes+world cup & olympics display/audio,   video
long   study

Pond & animals

Power point+ pamphlet


The teaching of reading is given a high profile and we aim for children to become confident and accomplished readers who appreciate books, and read for pleasure. A variety of strategies and resources are used in the teaching of this aspect of Literacy. We have structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree ) and also a wide variety of stimulating texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to promote a positive attitude to reading. A home school reading scheme operates throughout the school. This encourages parents to work together with teachers to support their children.

Children are taught the skills to enable them to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Children are encouraged to plan, draft and refine their written work and opportunities are given  in literacy and topic work to apply these skills. Children have individual targets which they use to improve their literacy skills. Word processing skills are taught, as is joined up (cursive) handwriting. Children are encouraged to take a pride in the presentation of their work.


We aim to teach children the mathematical skills they require for everyday life and develop their confidence and ability to apply these skills in practical situations. Like English, children have targets to improve their understanding of maths and these targets form the basis of teacher planning.  We believe children need to develop quick recall of number facts, including multiplication tables, to enable themto tackle problem-solving activities with confidence.


We use our rich local environment to encourage a child’s natural curiosity, awe, and wonder about the wonderful world around them. We want to stimulate their interest in finding out why things happen in the way they do. By encouraging them to ask scientific questions to enquire and investigate, we hope they will begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national and global level. Science gives children the chance to reflect on the way people care for the planet and how science can contribute to the way in which we manage the Earth’s resources. Children have many opportunities to learn through extended topics using the school grounds including; our animals, pond , gardens and weather station.  


P.E is a vital part of school life. The children are encouraged to develop their physical competence and confidence and how to apply this to a range of activities. The varied Curriculum provides the opportunities for children of all abilities to be creative and competitive and learn how to work both individually and to co-operate as part of a team. Pupils learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their effectiveness, as well as developing the skills of feedback and response to others’ work. Above all, through regular participation in physical education at school, pupils realise regardless of their level of skill, they are able to enjoy a range of activities and improve their confidence and awareness of the importance of physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.In KS2 we monitor fitness levels by using the Bleep Test.

During the school year, we offer different after school sports clubs including football , rugby and keep fit.


Computers are in regular use throughout the school. The school system as a whole is networked and all classes, including the Nursery, have a computer work station and appro­priate programmes for each class. Children are taught and apply word processing, data handling and research skills.We have invested heavily in our computer infrastructure and have one computer for every three children as well as an intereractive whiteboard in every class.


History is taught through areas of study dating from the ancient Egyptians to World War 2. The children are encouraged to interpret a variety of historical sources to help gain knowledge and understanding of the past. The children also gain the ability to communicate their knowledge in a variety of ways enabling them to develop their understanding of the past and links between time periods.


In Geography, children find out about their local environment, the national and international scene through studying a range of topics, including physical, human and environmental geography. They consider contrasting localities, developed and economically developing countries. Children acquire knowledge and information about the world and they are encouraged to understand and appreciate the differences and similarities between different cultures and places. Where possible we work from first hand experience and try to use the immediate locality as well as further afield.


We seek to develop in each child a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music.  During music lesson, children experience the two key areas of musical development; (a) performing and composing and (b) listening and appraising. There are a wide variety of untuned and tuned percussion instruments to use in the lesson. Older children have the benefits of a music teacher who teachers recorder to year 4 and singing to KS2.


 Art and design enables children to understand and appreciate the visual world through observation and analysis. Technical skills are developed alongside imagination and creativity. Studies of famous artists’ work are undertaken and visits to galleries made at times. All the children have access to a full range of materials for drawing, painting, print-making, graphics, textiles and natural materials including clay.


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an intrinsic part of the curriculum. It is concerned with establishing a sense of personal responsibility, self-esteem, sensitivity to the needs of others and being part of a community both within the school and beyond it. Children will also learn to value themselves and grow in self-confidence, and behave with care and understanding for others. Pupils will also learn about personal health issues including sex and drugs education.

Teachers  often use the  SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) which aims to develop:

  •     self awareness
  • ·     ability to manage feelings
  • ·     motivation
  • ·     empathy
  • ·     social skills


We teach the children  the key technological skills of design, construction and evaluation.   Our objectives in the teaching of design and technology are:

  • ·     to develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things:
  • ·     to enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas:
  • ·     to encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures:
  • ·     to explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it:
  • ·     to develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society:
  • ·     to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things.



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Medmerry Primary School,
High Street,
West Sussex.
Tel: 01243 602 738
Fax: 01243 605 274