Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Curriculum Statement – click here


At Shipbourne School we nurture life-long learners who move on to secondary education with secure knowledge, skills and understanding having engaged in a curriculum that is broad, balanced and relevant to their needs, interests and future ambitions.

We believe in providing a rich and engaging curriculum that will nurture a love of learning for every individual in preparation for their future. We understand that people learn effectively in different ways, thus we aim to provide a rich and varied learning environment with a curriculum that enables children and adults to progress and develop key skills whilst building and enhancing core knowledge, thus reaching their full potential

Our children belong to families who are supportive and have high aspirations. Parents are fully involved and are eager to contribute and learn alongside us. Our mixed-age classes further enhance this sense of community and enable children of different ages to learn together in a safe, supportive and collaborative learning environment.

We want our children to be leaders of their own learning: pupils who can communicate confidently and effectively, who ask important questions, know how to find answers, reason competently and have the stamina to reach the end goal without giving up. We ensure that our staff enable this by constructing focused and carefully resourced learning sequences leading to lessons that stimulate and support, as well as providing a safe space to learn and develop; a place where it is necessary to persevere and have the courage to make mistakes so that real learning is guaranteed.

Together we will:

Develop confidence and promote a love for learning.

Support learning to help children achieve their best.

Support each other to achieve our best for the whole school community

Enable children to be resourceful, enquiring and independent thinkers;

Foster children’s self-esteem and help them to build positive relationships with other people, so that they can work alone or as part of a team;

Prepare children for life in modern Britain and beyond;

Promote British and school values;

Promote positive relationships and develop children’s self-respect and encourage empathy and respect for the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others;

Show respect for other cultures and, in so doing, promote positive attitudes towards other people;

Provide opportunities for our children to develop a sense of community, both within school and through contributing to the local area and the people in it;

Help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens;

Help children to acknowledge their successes and share these skills with others;

Help children to acknowledge their own feelings and those of others, developing the necessary skills to self-regulate effectively.


Starting with the National Curriculum, we have carefully designed a whole school learning journey (across a two/three year rolling programme) which ensures that every child moving through our school is able to develop a sense of curiosity about the world around them whilst acquiring broad and balanced knowledge, skills and understanding across all subjects. Each step of the journey is designed to build on previous learning, with links clearly communicated to the children so that they are supported to remember and use what they already know to take their next steps.

Using the whole school curriculum journey, coverage documents are in place for all subjects. These detail key learning and when it will occur across the two/three year rolling programme. These documents also include key progression and vocabulary where appropriate (NB. For Curriculum Maestro subjects this is available online).

We utilise a number of high quality learning and planning platforms to implement our rich curriculum. Central to these resources is Cornerstones: Curriculum Maestro which underpins teaching and learning in Science, History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology. The rationale for the Cornerstones Curriculum takes the form of ten Big Ideas that provide a purpose for the aspects, skills, knowledge and contexts chosen to form the substance of the curriculum. These big ideas form a series of multi-dimensional interconnected threads across the curriculum, allowing children to encounter and revisit their learning through a variety of subject lenses. Over time, these encounters help children to build conceptual frameworks that enable a better understanding of increasingly sophisticated information and ideas.

Cornerstones Curriculum link

Big Ideas Summary link

Aspects link


‘A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’ (DfES 2014)

Teachers use the National Curriculum 2014, the Department for Education’s Mathematics Guidance for Key Stages 1 and 2, NCETM Teaching for Mastery, White Rose Maths and Assessment for Learning to plan and develop interesting and engaging lessons that ensure progression across the school.  Through carefully adapted provision, we ensure that all pupils will:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Maths Policy

Tinley Maths Yearly Plan

Hampton Maths Yearly Plan

Fairlawne Maths Yearly Plan


At Shipbourne School, we believe that language and literacy is fundamental for children to fulfil their potential. Through exposure to high-quality literature, effective teaching and learning and opportunities to write for a range of purposes, our children make sufficient progress and develop key skills which they transfer fluently across the whole school curriculum.

The English teaching we provide should allow all children to fulfill their potential whilst giving them the skills to understand and use language in all its aspects. We aim to engage all children in high quality learning experiences in order to foster passions for life long reading; whilst providing the confidence to communicate effectively in both speaking and writing. Believing literacy has the power to enrich lives, we will strive to ensure every child develops the confidence and competence to embrace literature in its many forms.

Text Map for English Curriculum

English Policy

Tinley English Yearly Plan

Hampton English Yearly Plan

Fairlawne English Yearly Plan

Phonics and Reading Scheme

Throughout Key Stage 1, teachers use Fischer Family Trust’s systematic synthetic phonics programme – Success for All Phonics – to teach daily phonics followed by The Jungle Club for the subsequent development of spelling. If a child is not successful in Year 1 Phonics screening, they will be supported to do so in Year 2. Alongside these programmes, shared reading using Fischer Family Trusts reading books takes place daily with parents given access to the associated e-books in line with the current phonics being taught. Reading for pleasure is also encouraged, with additional books that adults can read with their children also sent home. Children later move on to reading from a range of carefully banded books, predominantly from Engage Literacy, before moving on to ‘free reading’ where they may choose books from class book corners or from home.


During their time with us, some children require extra support to make progress in their learning. We regularly review outcomes, and where we feel it would be beneficial, children are invited to take part in extra tuition which takes place before school. Currently the Lightning Squad, provided by Fischer Family Trusty, is used to support Phonics and Reading, and a class teacher provides tuition in Maths and Writing. Extra support is also provided during lessons and via targeted intervention.

Sports Provision

Our PE curriculum is taught predominantly by a local Sports’ Academy that visit twice a week, working alongside school staff to extend skills across a range of sports and disciplines. Two afterschool clubs are also delivered by the academy, ensuring that physical education and healthy living remains a high priority for all. We invite a yoga teacher to work with all pupils on a termly basis and children are also able to take part in additional workshops in areas such as skipping and circus skills.  Children in year 2 to 6 visit Tonbridge Swimming pool fortnightly for swimming lessons, and our older children take part in the annual local schools’ swimming gala. Fairlawne Class also take part in an annual event held at Tonbridge School, and a week-long outdoor residential trip for year 5 and 6 takes place every two years. Each year, we use government Sports Funding to extend provision in a variety of ways, an up-to-date analysis of which can be found on this website.

Pure Sports Coaching Vision Values


Swim England Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim Stages 1-7

Duckling Awards

Water Skills 1

Enrichment Activities

We strive to provide varied after school clubs such as Multisports, Art, Choir, Cookery, Computers and Gardening. These are reviewed on a termly basis and are available on a first-come first-served basis.

As part of the curriculum, we plan regular off-site visits and invite a variety of people in to run workshops. We spend assemblies listening to music from a range of composers and genres, enjoy singing together, listening to stories and focusing on core values. Twice a year, we enjoy a whole school trip to the pantomime and a range of different visitor attractions such as the zoo or adventure park.

Remote Education

Should the school be required to close for more than 24 hours, all lesson plans and timetables will be shared via class pages on Microsoft Teams. Live lessons will take place for at least one session a day and provision will be made for key workers on-site or at Hadlow School. Devices or paper copies of planning and resources will be delivered to families who cannot access online learning. Wellbeing will be supported through regular phone calls, Teams meetings or home visits.

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Policy

Whole School Curriculum Overview 2024-2027

Whole School Enrichment 2021-2025

Subject Plans

Art Curriculum Overview

Computing Curriculum Overview

DT Curriculum Overview

Geography Curriculum Overview

History Curriculum Overview

Modern Foreign Language Curriculum Overview

Music Curriculum Overview

PE Curriculm Overview

PHSE Curriculum Overview

RE Curriculum Overview

Science Curriculum Overview


Further information regarding our curriculum can be requested from the Head of School.