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Early Years Foundation Stage

When children enter our school aged 4, they are in the year group called Reception, which is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. They stay here for a year.

EYFS has three prime areas of learning:

  • personal, social and emotional development;
  • communication and language;
  • physical development.

and four specific areas of learning:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • expressive arts and design;
  • understanding the world.

Key Stage 1 and 2

At the end of the Foundation Stage children enter Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). At the end of Y2 the children transfer to KS2 and follow the same National Curriculum. The National Curriculum comprises core subjects, foundation subjects and other subjects.

The core subjects are:

  • English (Literacy)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing

The foundation subjects are:

  • Art and design
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 2 (French)

The other subjects are:

  • Personal, Health, Social Education and Citizenship (PHSE&C)
  • Religious Education (RE)


RE is included alongside the National Curriculum and has equal standing in relation to other National Curriculum subjects. The school follows the East Sussex agreed syllabus. This is the same for all non-faith and faith schools.


Curriculum Plans

Please click on the link below to view the current Curriculum Plans for each year group. If you need any additional information about the curriculum for a certain year group please contact one of the class teacher's directly (details for class teachers' email addresses can be found here)

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

KS1 are using the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics. There is no set reading scheme, although books from various schemes are available using a banding system relating to the child's reading age.


For more information on how learning accumulates through our curriculum, please see the cumulative learning documents on the curriculum subject pages.