Curriculum Info

New Primary Curriculum

The Government have released a New National Curriculum which is to be implemented from September 2014. The intention is to introduce the essential knowledge that children need to be educated citizens. It aims to introduce pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and to help engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. Details of the programmes of study for the National Curriculum can be found at:

More information for parents about the new NC can be found at

We use a ‘creative curricular’ theme based approach to teaching and learning.  See our

for each class. The statutory curriculum is supplemented with Forest School, Sports and Values for Life Programmes. We also offer a full range of extra curricular activities.

Early Years Curriculum

Parent's Guide to the EYFS-1The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is recognised as a separate stage of learning that sets the foundations for when children begin more formal education. There is an emphasis on learning through active play, where the children are encouraged to build on their individual needs and interests. It is broken down into 7 areas of learning. The Prime Areas are the fundamental parts of development which children need in order to develop fully in all of the other Specific Areas of learning. Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

More information for parents about the Early Years curriculum can be found at Parent’s Guide to the EYFS

Phonics teaching

To teach phonics we use the synthetic phonics toolkit ‘Read Write Inc.’ across the school, supplemented with Jolly Phonics at EYFS.

Phonics at Layston First School

Reading schemes

Our core reading scheme is ‘The Oxford Reading Tree’, supplemented by others including Rigby Star Phonics and Colin’s Pathways.  Books are colour coded allowing a range of books to be integrated into texts of a similar level of difficulty, thereby giving a rich and varied reading diet. See our reading scheme colour coding.