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Emley First School National Curriculum

At Emley First School we follow the National Curriculum for each year group from year 1 to year 5. Foundation stage children follow the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum and statutory framework

At Emley First School we teach phonics using the government strategy 'Letters and Sounds'. This is complemented by children  using the actions of 'Jolly Phonics'.

If you have any questions regarding our curriculum and what your children are learning then please speak to their class teacher or the headteacher.

Relationships and Health Education (RHE) curriculum 

Below is a link to a leaflet written by the DFE for Parents regarding Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents


Emley First School National Curriculum

At Emley First School we follow the National Curriculum for each year group from year 1 to year 5. Foundation stage children follow the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum and statutory framework

At Emley First School we teach phonics using the government strategy 'Letters and Sounds'. This is complemented by children  using the actions of 'Jolly Phonics'.

If you have any questions regarding our curriculum and what your children are learning then please speak to their class teacher or the headteacher.

Please click on the link below to see a powerpoint of how we are implementing the National Curriculum at Emley First School and the national expectations for your children at each year group.


At Emley First School we believe the study of English should develop a pupil’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and to communicate ideas, views and feelings confidently. It should also enable pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, becoming enthusiastic and critical readers of a range of different text types. We recognise that English is a core subject within the National Curriculum (2014) and a pre-requisite for educational and social progress.

Here at Emley First School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our literacy lessons, using creative, cross-curricular themes wherever possible. Teachers often base their English around a topic, a book or other stimulus such as a short film or object. They will also use cross-curricular approaches to explore writing.


In writing our main aims are: to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills, and understanding and love and appreciation of different genres and multi-cultural texts. Pupils have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts and use a range of resources such as dictionaries, thesauruses, phonics and SPaG materials and activities to support their learning; to develop confident, independent writers across a wide range of text types; to encourage pupils to become enthusiastic and reflective writers. Grammar is taught throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 both discretely and within the process of writing and editing.  All classes study a range of text type appropriate to their ability and age range. Progress in writing is monitored by all teachers to ensure there is continuity and progression across all age ranges.

Reading and Phonics

At Emley First School phonics is taught in a systematic way using Letters and Sounds alongside the Jolly phonics actions. Reading is taught through books which match the child's phonological ability. Predominately we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme in Reception and Key Stage 1. This scheme is adhered to and your child will bring home a book from the scheme and work through the levels until they become a fluent reader. In all classes they have a reading record which we encourage parents to write in at least once a week. The teacher and other adults in school will also make brief comments in these records to help you to enhance their reading at home. All children read books from the school reading schemes which is made up of a selection of material from various published reading schemes which have been organised and levelled using book banding. All classes focus on a range of genres.


In handwriting we know that children will develop at different rates; for that reason, it is important that there is a consistent style of handwriting throughout the school, and that all staff consider themselves to be teachers of handwriting, with a clear understanding of the progression of skills. At Emley First School we use the Nelson scheme for teaching this throughout school from Foundation Stage right through to Key Stage 2. This provides consistency and allows clear progression in style.


At Emley First School, children are actively encouraged to have a passion for Maths.

In EYFS a range of opportunities are provided both inside the classroom and outside, allowing the children to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Mathematics teaching follows the National Curriculum (2014) and a mastery approach to mathematics is currently being implemented across school. 

At Emley we pride ourselves on using engaging teaching methods and use the outdoors as much as possible to further develop real life mathematical understanding. Teaching is carefully planned to suit the needs of all children and promotes independent learning. Expectations are high for all children and regular assessments are made to ensure progress is made by all. Homework is given weekly to all children and there may be a Maths element as part of the homework task. 


Science is a vital part the curriculum at Emley First School.  It is essential for children to have an understanding of the wider world and Science gives them the ability to comprehend the world in which they live.

Science is taught to children from Reception through to Year Five.  Each year group covers the three main areas of science: Biology, Physics and Chemistry.  In addition, children are taught the key skills involved in scientific enquiry and investigative work.

In reception, Science is taught primarily through the 'The World’ strand which encourages children to explore science through a hands-on, practical approach.  In science lessons reception children are encouraged to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, make decisions and talk about the world around them.  These skills form a sound basis for science work as children progress through school.  Throughout Key Stages One and Two, children develop independent thinking skills and are encouraged to work collaboratively to plan, carry out, record and draw conclusions through their investigative work. The children also benefit from the opportunity to study modern day pioneers of science in addition to significant scientists from the past.

Wherever possible, science lessons are taught in a cross-curricular way and link to other subjects including English, maths, design and technology, geography, P.E and computing.  We regularly utilise both the diverse school grounds and the wider locality to enhance teaching and learning in science.  The result is a rich, varied and engaging science curriculum which the children find exciting and fun.


At Emley First School we follow the Kirklees and Calderdale agreed syllabus in Religious Education, which is based mainly around Christianity. We include teaching about, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and festivals from other faiths. As our children are taught in mixed age classes they will often cover units on a rolling programme. Class based learning is supported by multifaith visits throughout school to a range of multifaith centres in and around Kirklees.

In addition to this children in Key Stage 2 also participate in a Cultural Exchange programme. This allows them to experience diversity first hand and build relationships with children in a contrasting cultural and religious environment.


At Emley First School, we are always looking for opportunities to embed good computer skills and knowledge. Through Discovery Education (espresso) many classes are taught coding skills, simple programming and debugging, logical reasoning, manipulation of digital content, recognise common uses in IT, using technology and the internet safely, respectfully and responsibly.

Our range of computing hardware includes laptops, tablets, cameras, easispeak microphones, iPads and bee bots. Each classroom has designated computers and children are encouraged to use these devices regularly. We regularly upload new apps to make sure the children are using the latest software.

Physical Education

Through a balance of individual and team, competitive and creative activities, we aim to extend our pupil's abilities and opportunities. All pupils are taught a variety of sporting skills during their P.E. lessons and there are plenty of sports-based after school clubs for pupils to access run professional sport coaches. We are lucky to have a large playing field, a ball court and two playgrounds with a ball shoot and netball/basketball nets. In all our sporting activities we promote a sense of fair play, sporting behaviour, a positive attitude to competition and above all a fun and welcoming atmosphere for all pupils across the school. Pupils in Year 3 and 4 take part in swimming lessons once a week throughout the year at Scissett Baths. Year 5s also take part in a swimming gala. Pupils in Year 4 and Year 5 are invited to attend a residential visit where they experience a range of more adventurous outdoor pursuits. Both key stage 1 and 2 children are invited to multi-skills, happy and healthy days, inclusion events, cycling and multi-sports events, competing against other schools within the pyramid. At Emley we have a traditional sports day, where parents are invited to join the fun.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology put simply is comprises designing and making something. It has two strands, Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition. Children at Emley cover construction and mechanics, materials and food technology.

Designing and making:   We teach the children design in KS1 and in KS2, using a design, make and evaluate approach. The children in KS2 investigate the key events in design development and look at individual designers. Across school children look at, use and evaluate the use of different materials in relation to suitability and durability.

Cooking and nutrition: Throughout the school we look at the principles of a healthy and varied diet. We learn where food comes from and seasonality and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed. Throughout school we get the children involved in cooking various healthy dishes and using utensils. In addition, children across the school take part in a health and safety session covering how to correctly use kitchen utensils.


We have a wide variety of instruments available in school which are used throughout lessons to enrich children’s musical experience and to make sessions as practical as possible. Children are actively encouraged to sing and learn about rhythm and melody using tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. All children take part in whole class instrumental lessons and are taught to read music notation. In assembly each week, children listen to a piece of music as they enter and leave which covers a wide range of genres including; classical, jazz and folk music. This is discussed in Birthday assembly each Monday. We also have a singing assembly, where children learn to perform and sing various hymns and songs of different styles, for different occasions such as Harvest, Easter, Christmas and to just sing for fun and enjoyment! These different occasions can take place in our local church.  In year 5 children have the opportunity to perform at Huddersfield Town Hall along with other schools in the Shelley Pyramid as part of the Kirklees Primary Music Festival.

Children are also given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument individually or in small groups. These are taught by highly trained professional musicians from Musica Kirklees which can help to enrich a child's education not only musically but throughout their school life. For more information see the link below or ask in School. For information click the image below or ask in School.

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PSHE and Modern British Values

At Emley First School, we teach sex and drugs education in accordance with guidance from the PSHE Association. PSHE is taught around the topics from each term as well as focused study weeks across the school.

Key Stage 1

In key stage 1 we cover

-      Health and wellbeing, physical and emotional health, personal growth and empathy and personal safety (road, online, environmental).

-      Relationships, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

-      Living in the wider world, individual liberty, the rule of law and democracy.

Key Stage 2

In key stage 1 we cover

-      Health and wellbeing, physical and emotional health, personal growth and empathy and personal safety (road, online, environmental), balance lifestyle, risk awareness, peer pressure and behaviour to others.

-      Relationships what constitutes as positive and healthy relationships, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, types of relationships, conflict resolutions, anti-bullying and challenging stereotypes.

-      Living in the wider world, individual liberty, the rule of law and democracy, human rights, responsibilities, community and economy.


Learning in Geography begins in Sapphire Class where we help the children to begin to develop an understanding of where they fit into the world. This includes a journey around Emley Village, a visit to a Farm and the Seaside.

In Key Stage 1 the children develop their knowledge of the further world as they learn about continents and contrasting locations. They also begin to develop their fieldwork through visits into the local area.  

The children in Key Stage 2 study specific areas of Geography in more detail such as water, Mountains, Rainforests, Maps and environmental issues. Other areas include studies of locations in Europe, North and South America.

All children take part in the Emley Study Week where we use Geographical skills to develop cross curricular knowledge of the village and local community.

Across the school the children benefit from cross curricular activities linking their learning in Geography to other areas of learning. Many areas of the Geography Curriculum are undertaken in outdoor learning, using practical activities to develop their understanding.

Through our teaching of geography we aim to:

  • Stimulate the pupils’ interest in and curiosity about their surroundings;
  • Create and foster a sense of wonder about the world;
  • Inspire a sense of responsibility for the environments and people of the world we live in;
  • Develop pupils’ competence in specific geographical skills;
  • Increase the pupils’ knowledge and awareness of the world;
  • Help pupils acquire and develop the skills and confidence to undertake investigation, problem solving and decision making


History is taught throughout school and involves a wide range of exciting topics covering many years of History. As part of the development of their Knowledge and Understanding of the World pupils of reception age learn about a variety of topical issues throughout the year with particular focus on families and annual events for example Bonfire Night and the Nativity Story.

In Key Stage 1 they begin to develop an understanding of timelines. They also begin to learn about the lives of famous people in History such as Samuel Pepys, Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria.

As pupils progress through school they develop an understanding of important periods in History and how those events have affected today’s world, for example: The Stone and Iron Ages, Indus Valley, Egyptians, Romans, Vikings, Ancient Greece and local history.

We believe that history is a tool of learning and communication. History is about people and their development over a period of time. It is essential to our understanding of the development of the modern world. Skills developed through the study of history are applicable to everyday life.

Through our teaching of discreet history we aim to:

  • Study everyday life and the culture of people in the past and make comparisons with their own lives and experiences
  • Compare a range of historical events to gain knowledge of change and the evolution of life styles
  • Develop an understanding of chronology
  • Recognise that some things change and others remain the same
  • Be made aware that historical events often have more than one cause and consequence
  • Visit historical buildings, sites, museums
  • Communicate their findings through written reports, role play, pictures, diagrams, maps, charts, computer usage and orally

Outdoor Learning

At Emley we feel that many of our children learn best through practical ‘hands on’ activities. In Outdoor Learning we cover a wide range of Curriculum areas, linking their learning outdoors to the learning in the classroom.

Children are taught to use a variety of tools while beginning to manage and assess risk.

We hope to develop a love for the environment which will create positive environmental ethics for life.

These experiences promote team building, self-confidence, social skills and resilience.


French is taught across school. A variety of approaches are used including songs, stories, games and conversational skills.


At Emley First School we provide a range of opportunities to explore a variety of techniques and processes. Each year group studies the art work of a famous artist. 

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