At Mapplewell Primary School in Key Stages 1 & 2 we base our teaching on the National Curriculum. To find out more about this please click on the link here.

Our curriculum has evolved from the use of National Curriculum and schemes of work which was then reviewed to ensure that it is relevant to the children’s and school’s needs. After researching a number of different curriculums a long-term plan was written. This then enabled careful consideration of the skills that would be required. With this long term plan in mind a set of skills was written which would show clear progression throughout school and would allow pupils to develop skills they can use in a variety of contexts. Skills within each foundation subject have been cross- referenced with the 2014 National Curriculum and reflect any changes needed within the skills.

We shape our curriculum to offer a wide ranging skillset; that empowers our pupils to leave Primary Education inspired and motivated to learn more. Our curriculum is designed around building skills and knowledge progressively over time. It is built upon knowing that learning is a journey, and that our curriculum offer will lead our pupils to a brighter future.

Active learning is of high importance and we have sculpted a curriculum that engages all pupils in a variety of fun and exciting ways. Our curriculum gives our pupils opportunities at developing their independence, in every aspect of the word. From becoming a well-rounded citizen – to taking charge of their own learning. We have designed our curriculum to inspire our pupils to find out more.

We value academic success but also nurture an understanding of the parallel development of our pupils’ personal and social skills, firmly believing that these are fundamental to them achieving success in all aspects of their future lives as a citizen in modern Britain.

Where appropriate and meaningful links can be made Science is part of topics across school however when meaningful links can not be made Science is taught discretely. Science is taught through AT1 (Scientific enquiry) which allows children to test and explore scientific theories. Hoyland Common celebrates Science Week each year and a whole school focus is given to developing specific skills and knowledge.

PE, and RE are taught discretely outside of topic time to ensure depth and rigour and to take advantage of specialised teaching. A customised curriculum which meets both the academic and pastoral needs of all our pupils is fundamental to our school ethos and vision. RE in school provides a balance of opportunities for children to learn about and learn from religion. Learning from religion provides huge scope for developing children’s spirituality. Children are given plenty of sporting opportunities, both in school and extra-curricular groups, to practice and develop the skills taught during PE lessons.

For further information on each subject and year group content please see our wider curriculum sub pages.


If parents/carers would like further information regarding our curriculum please contact and we can put you in contact with Mr Garrood or Mr Taylor, our Curriculum Leaders.