Curriculum – Key Stage 1 and 2

book day year 1


At Nelson Primary School, we are committed to delivering a curriculum which is broad and balancerich and varied, being flexible and responsive to each child’s wider needs. we cover a wide range of subjects and provide opportunities for academic, creative and sporting excellence.  Emphasis is placed on acquiring, developing and applying core skills in reading, writing, communication and maths. There is a great emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, particularly at Reception and Year 1, where the outdoor environment is an essential resource in planning curriculum activities. As the children get older, so the opportunities to offer first hand practical experiences within the wider community increases.  This includes special visitorseducational visits and residential trips.

Broad and balanced

The breadth of our curriculum helps prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.  Our aspirations are reflected in the quality marks gained by the school and those the school are working to achieve.  Subject leaders use this to guide improvement work and evaluate the impact of their actions.

Curriculum Overviews

Curriculum Overview Year 1

Curriculum Overview Year 2

Curriculum Overview Year 3

Curriculum Overview Year 4

Curriculum Overview Year 5

Curriculum Overview Year 6

For more detailed information regarding individual subjects please use the links in the curriculum section (to the left of this page).

Curriculum Learning Maps

More detailed planning information for what pupils will learn in each term can be found in the Curriculum Learning Maps area.

Underpinned by core values

Our Values-based education philosophy underpins our work to actively promote fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. A rounded programme of assemblies and events promote children’s spiritual, moral social and cultural development, enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide what is right and what is wrong.

Values based education

Nelson Learning Challenge Curriculum

The Nelson Learning Challenge (NLC) Curriculum is designed with progression, achievement and mastery of skills at its core.  As children move up the school, the skills they gain are revisited, consolidated and built-upon, in order for them to achieve greater depth across the National Curriculum. The children’s engagement and curiosity is sparked through an initial ’big question’ which are explored and answered through a wide-range of interesting and imaginative contexts.  This allows for learning to be cyclical and gives the children opportunities to evaluate their understanding.

Information about what is taught each year (termly) is available below.

Nelson Learning Challenge (NLC) - Curriculum Learning Maps

Learning from first-hand experience helps us to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain, for example giving pupils a ‘voice’ through being part of and involved in pupil improvement teams.

Pupil Voice – Pupil Improvement Teams


Assessment is an integral part of our curriculum.  Together they set out what our children are expected to know, understand and do, and when.


For individual subjects and all teaching, learning and assessment policies please visit our policies page.