For Leavening School’s Curriculum Intent – please click here

Please click this link to go to the Department of Education website.
For the National Curriculum, please click here.

Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.

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Our Curriculum

Please expand the topics below for more information:

Our recovery curriculum post lockdowns/school closures

At Leavening Community Primary, we pride ourselves on really knowing our pupils and their individual needs as well as their collective needs as a learning community.
We understand the impact that both school closures and lockdown has had on our pupil’s wellbeing and educations. Therefore, we have worked hard to research and plan a recovery curriculum that suits our pupils.
For further information on this, do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Mitchell.

British Values

British Values…


In our commitment to develop children’s critical literacy skills we have teamed up with Picture News to help develop their understanding and appreciation of the news.

Having age-appropriate conversations with your child about the news keeps them interested and informed about what’s happening in the world…and you too!

They move from wanting to know what happens in MY world to what is happening in THE world and their place in it.

By having regular conversations about the news, you are able to share a whole range of topics and together make more sense of different events, issues and stories.

There are no rules or script to follow but you might want to watch, listen, read and discuss the news selectively.

Some significant news stories can be frightening, and you will need to consider what your child can cope with and whether they are developmentally ready to understand certain events. For example, you might decide to listen to the news rather than watch it as there may be images they might find upsetting.

Talking about the major headlines of the day and current affairs is important so that children grow up as global citizens but it’s important too to share a variety of fun and exciting news stories from the worlds of sport, entertainment, music, science, etc as well as local news closer to home.


Here are some quick tips:
•Initiate discussions about the news using the Picture News resources.
•Read and watch some news stories together from different sources.
•Find out what your child knows about the news and explore their understanding.
•Listen to what your child says and value their opinions.
•Explain simply and in a way that makes sense to them.
•Promote a habit of enquiry and make asking questions your child’s default setting.
•Help your child to spot fake news and how-to fact-check.
•Develop a news habit by accessing the news daily.
•Defuse bad news and offer reassurance.
•Protect your child from distressing and disturbing news.
•Avoid repeated viewings of the same news event.
•Monitor your child’s exposure to the news.


Discussing the news of the day doesn’t have to be formal but can be done naturally and casually in everyday moments such as on the way to school or preparing a meal.

The important thing is to keep the conversation going about the news and make it a feature of your daily lives.


By working together, we can help children become critical consumers of the news so that they are ‘news savvy’, articulate and confident citizens.



Reading Information –

Oxford Owl for Home

Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website. It’s packed
with up-to-date expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so
you can support your child’s reading and maths at home in
the best possible way.


Fun With Phonics

Helping Your Child Read

Writing Progression

The Building Blocks of Writing

The Building Blocks of Reading

Writing Progression_Year 1 – Year 6

English, Grammar,Punctuation and Spelling

Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment Opportunities

We believe learning also happens beyond the classroom. Take a look at some of the ways we enrich opportunities and experiences for our pupils…

As part of our curriculum the following document, as published by the DFE, is an integral key part of our whole school curriculum. Over the 7 years that children are in our education at Leavening Community Primary School we ensure opportunities are provided to fully experience and enjoy these activities

My Activity Passport

Art Award

Aspire/Inspire Day


School Trips

Launch & Landings

The Archbishop Award


Extra Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities.


Every full term teachers offer various extra curricular after school activities, including sports, cooking and gardening clubs. These differ termly and pupils will be invited to join in once these have been planned.


Friday lunch time clubs are Choir or Sport.


Guitar Lessons;

Daniel Hardcastle (Tel 07921845692) provides guitar lessons on a Friday during school hours.



Violin Lessons;

Nick Thompson provides Violin lessons on a Wednesday during school hours.


Music for Schools;

Music for Schools at County Hall provide tuition in many different instruments, including brass, woodwind, strings and percussion.

Leaflets are available in school or please contact:-

County Music Service

SB114, CYPS Business Support


County Hall




Tel; 01609 532783


Or visit the website @ or

Growth Mindset



The New Primary Curriculum was introduced in September 2014 and was statutory for all year groups from September 2015. Its content has higher expectation for teaching and learning and this represents a challenge for all.

Research has shown that almost all children can reach the standards set by the government. This can be done through effort, practice and resilience – some of the features of having a growth mindset. Extensive research, especially by Dr Carol S. Dweck, have shown that where schools and parents foster a ‘can-do’ approach, children’s learning improves and standards rise. Having a growth mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment – they can grow their brains and intelligence!

Here at Leavening Community Primary, we strongly believe that all of our children can develop a growth mindset, and with help from all adults involved, can succeed. We place great emphasis on effort, resilience and the importance of making mistakes and learning from them.

“No matter what your ability is; effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.” (Dr. Carol S. Dweck)





Please refer to the links below to discover more about how we are teaching pupils to develop a growth mindset here at Leavening Community Primary School.

Parent letter

Parent Workshop Presentation

Parent Growth Mindset

Useful websites to support growth mind-set with your child


Maths at Leavening School

At Leavening School we use the North Yorkshire County Council mixed age planning for maths. This is specially designed for teaching and learning in mixed age classes and to ensure that children practice fluency, reasoning and problem solving in every lesson.

Alongside this, we use the White Rose Maths scheme of learning from nursery through to Year 6. After lots of research we found this scheme to be the most effective, practical, and engaging for our mixed classes.
Please see the White Rose website (details below) that explains all about our Maths curriculum and how we teach mathematical concepts in today’s world of education. There are lots of videos to teach you, workbooks to download for free to support your child, handy tips to help at home as well as a comprehensive overview of what your child is being taught and at what stage of the school year.
This year we are unable to carry out our parent curriculum workshops due to COVID restriction and so we would strongly encourage you to take some time to look at this site. It really will engage you and help you understand. Any questions you have about Maths at school, we would ask you not to hesitate in getting int touch with your child’s class teacher. In addition, Mrs Price is our curriculum leader for Maths across the school and she would be happy to chat to you also.

Other online resources:

Addition Practice

Definition Sort Number Types

Mastery Diamond Nine

Missing Number Problems

NAMA 5 Five Mastery Myths

Number Properties Worksheet


SLNM Mastery CPD


CBS Bansho

Large Pond

Japanese Bansho

Number and Place Value

Number Addition and Subtraction



Developments in Maths

The purpose of these documents is to explain ‘Mastery in Mathematics’ and to expel any myths surrounding this concept.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

•become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.


•reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language


•can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


What is Mastery?

Once children have met an objective, they can go onto mastering it and developing a deeper understanding. If a child learns something deeply, lasting connections will be made in the brain. Mastery activities are not only designed to deepen thinking but to develop resilience and perseverance.


The power points discuss breadth (coverage of curriculum), depth (deeper understanding), mastery and how developing a growth mindset is important in mastering the Maths Curriculum. We have also included some examples of activities that demonstrate breadth of knowledge and how these can be extended to challenge children.

Bansho Maths (Japanese Boardwork)

This concept promotes independent problem solving activities. It encourages children to focus on applying various strategies to one problem throughout the week. Children are encouraged to make jottings on the board and because we value mistakes these jottings, whether they are right or wrong, will be displayed for the entire week so that children can see the whole journey and realise that mistakes lead to success. It will give teachers the opportunity to address misconceptions immediately and will encourage the children to explain their understanding and thinking to others.



Maths Parent Session Resources

Outdoor Learning



Outdoor Learning


At Leavening, we are very lucky to be situated in the heart of the country side and we use this to our advantage. Outdoor learning is heavily promoted here in a number of ways. We like to take the classroom outside as much as possible and believe that children learn best through being active and engaged.


Our Early Year classrooms have access to extensive, high quality outdoor provision recognised by the local authority as outstanding. Many other schools in our cluster come and visit our Early Years setting as an example of best practice.



If you are still wanting to experience more outdoor fun, click on the link below for 50 out door activities!

50 Things Things to do…..Activity sheet 


Forest School

Parent Expectation Packs

 Parent Expectations

Parents are often keen to assist their child’s learning at home.

Below are some parent expectation packs with a detailed curriculum overview for each school year, please take a look.



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Personal, Social, Health and Pupil Well Being Education

At Leavening Community Primary School, our curriculum intent very much sees pupils’ emotional wellbeing, safety, and health education as a golden thread through all we do. We are fortunate that we have all our staff trained in Compass Buzz mental health as well as having a qualified ‘Relax Kids’ coach on our staff team with this practice being taught to all phases across school each week. We use two well researched schemes in our curriculum called Jigsaw PSHE scheme to embed pupil wellbeing and Picture News to teach about British Values. Please see the links below for further information on these.


The teaching of Early Reading at Leavening Primary

We are delighted to announce that, from September 2021, we are teaching the Department for Educations’ validated phonics programme called ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised. This systematic synthetic phonics programme draws on the latest research into how children learn best; how to ensure learning stays in children’s long term memory and how best to enable children to apply their learning to become highly competent readers.

Please take time to look at this website as it is full of useful and practical information and advice on how to support the teaching of reading with your child. It is easily accessible and very parent friendly.

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. Find our full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme overview here to see what your child will learn and when.

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

· A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

· A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds – Reception and Year-1

How Phonics is Taught

Phase 1 Phonics Training

Phase 2 Phonics Training

Phonics Glossary

Writing Progression

High Frequency and Tricky Words

Age Related Expectations

Phonics Sounds Handout

Phonics and Reading

Reading & Book Bands

Book Banding Information

At Leavening Community Primary School we have organised our reading scheme to make it easier for the children to take control of their choice of books, which should help to encourage their love of reading. The book your child is reading will be closely linked to the phonics phase that they are working in.

By colour banding our books we have been able to put a bigger variety of different scheme books in one level, providing children with greater choice of text and genre. As reading books from across several schemes have been placed together there will of course be some variation in style and challenge within the same band.

Your child will have been given a new reading book when there is evidence in their reading journal that they have read the book 3 times. We encourage them to read it the first time to focus on decoding and accuracy of reading the words. The second time we ask you to focus on the comprehension and meaning of what they have read (most of the books have prompts for adults) and we also have a sheet of suggested questions for you to ask your child. The third time a child read a book is to ensure they are reading with expression and/or fluency. Each time you read with your child please can you sign and date the reading journal as evidence they have read the book. Please feel free to write a comment but do not feel obliged. We also provide you with a list of suggested comments that you may wish to record.

When they need to change their reading book they will then be allowed to choose another book themselves from the appropriate coloured band under supervision from an adult. This way they are given control of their own reading within a controlled range and the book they choose is their choice.

Once your child is assessed to be confident in this coloured band they will be moved onto the next colour. Please note, they do not have to read the majority of the books in each band. We will progress them through the reading scheme in accordance to their progress within the phonics phases.

Please see This Document for further information about book banding.


Reading: Reception

Reading: Year 1

Reading: Year 2

Relationship and Sex Education Consultation



At Leavening Community Primary School we actively encourage ‘learning away from school’ and one of the ways we do this is through our fantastic residential visits.

Here at Leavening we are proud of the fact that we allow all children from Year 2 upwards to take part in a residential visit each year.

We believe that residential visits can be an empowering and life-changing experience for children. The benefits of taking children out of their comfort zone (home/school environment) on a residential visit are immeasurable.

The children get to take part in outdoor activities which can help develop self-esteem, responsibility, problem-solving skills, teamwork, independence, tolerance, social skills and, of course, physical health.

The children have the opportunity of improving their teamwork skills and in some cases this time away from their families boosts self-confidence and encourages self-organisation skills.

These are vital life skills that will be needed as they go to secondary school and for life beyond.

What We Are Learning

What We Are Learning…


We have a thematic approach to learning here and our themed curriculum is pupil centred and responsive to our pupils needs as well as reflecting the world we live in today.

Our ethos is that if we provide our children with a personalised and meaningful curriculum tailored to their needs, they will be inspired and motivated to learn Parents can find out more about the curriculum by requesting to view the medium term planning for the class their child is in. In addition to this, regular curriculum evenings are held throughout the school year.


Please also refer to the Primary National Curriculum for information on broad coverage.


At Leavening Community Primary School we have mixed age classes. In order to ensure differentiation and challenge within a topic, we carefully plan using a progression in skills approach to our curriculum, enabling pupils not only to gain knowledge but to also work within greater depth in all subjects.

Progression In Skills Document


We are constantly reviewing our curriculum to ensure it is inspiring and purposeful. Please see our most recent (March 2019) Curriculum Charter as written by staff and pupils at Leavening Community Primary School.

Leavening School – Hallmarks of an Outstanding Curriculum


For more information on our topics over the last few years please click on the links below.

Curriculum Overview for 2016/17

Curriculum Overview for 2015/16

Curriculum Overview for 2014/15

Key Subject Skills Sets


Medium Term Plans

Long Term Plans