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Our Curriculum


At Sidmouth Primary, we are committed to ensuring creative and exciting learning opportunities across all Key Stages and for all pupils.


Learners benefit from an innovative and dynamic thematic approach through topic-led plans. These topics are organised to ensure broad and balanced coverage of different subjects and to be progressive across the school. For each topic, teachers plan ‘Inspire Events’, such as trips, workshops, dress-up days and ‘Grand Finales’ where pupils share their learning with parents or the local community. In Key Stage 2, topics are planned on a two-year rolling programme to allow for mixed-age classes. From Year 3 to Year 6, children are taught French as a Modern Foreign Language.


We recognise that our curriculum is also a vehicle for us to develop the wider child and, as such, teaching staff plan carefully to find links from each topic to impact on our pupils’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual development, and to promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect. As a Church of England Primary School, Sidmouth also has a set of distinctive Christian values which underpin and are integral to the ethos of the school and the wider community.


Phonics and Reading Teaching



At Sidmouth C E School we follow the Early Reading synthetic phonics programme which we occasionally supplement with resources from other schemes. Children in EYFS and Year 1 receive two daily sessions of phonics teaching. Children’s progress is tracked regularly and lessons are designed to meet the needs of all learners. If children are finding any area of phonics difficult, they are supported through the Early Reading intervention programme.


Reading Schemes

At Sidmouth C E School, reading books are banded according to their content. Pupils are taught reading skills during Guided Reading lessons in EYFS and Key Stage 1, Phonics lessons and through cross-curricular activities. Pupils’ book band levels are checked regularly to ensure they are at the correct level.

In Key Stage 2, children receive daily whole-class lessons to develop reading skills using the VIPERS approach. This focusses on analysing what they have read according to Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval and Summarising.

Through use of library time, author visits, book fairs, World Book Day events and reading challenges, we aim to promote a love of reading.


If you require further information regarding our curriculum, please email or telephone 01395 514146.

Topic Overviews by year groups