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Curriculum Provision at Pendeen


Pendeen School follows the National Curriculum.  This determines the content of what will be taught and, through Programmes of Study and attainments targets for the National Curriculum subjects, it also determines how performance will be assessed and reported.

The National Curriculum is organised into Key Stages. Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, KS1 is for children aged 5-7 (Year Groups 1 and 2) and KS2 is for children aged 7-11 (Year Groups 3,4,5 and 6).


In EYFS and KS1, phonics is taught to all children. We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme of study, to ensure that synthetic phonics is taught in a fun, multi-sensory and interactive way. Further information about this can be found here:



Following returning to school after the second lockdown, we chose to operate a system known as the Pendeen Opportunity Plan - (POP) where children were taught in "stage not age" groupings of between 5 and 15 in Reading and Maths. From September 2021, we extended this to include writing, so each morning children are taught reading, writing and maths in small groups and at their level rather than necessarily at their age. All work is planned by teachers, but may be delivered by teachers or teaching assistants.

Our curriculum has been carefully designed to foster creativity and challenge, ensuring it provides an inclusive experience for all of our children. When planning our curriculum, pupil voice was a key factor. Each half term children read a whole class text to inspire them. This text provides the 'hook' for all of our learning. We believe that children learn best when they are excited and intrigued and we  aim to provide a cohesive and immersive learning experience which encourages children to be curious, whilst offering the opportunity the build upon previous knowledge and skills. 


Through discussion with pupils, we have been able to identify the topics that will excite and motivate the children at Pendeen, whilst at the same time, building on previous learning experiences to support the National Curriculum.  We hope that our curriculum inspires a love of learning in our children; we aim to inspire, to motivate, to build confidence and to challenge, ensuring children leave Pendeen armed with the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare them for what lies ahead. 


Each term, your child's class teacher will provide a topic information booklet. This will enable you to find out a little bit more about what your child is learning about.  Please ask your child's class teacher if you would like to know more about the topics your child will be engaging with. 

Pupils take statutory assessment tests (SATs) at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.

In Year 4, children undertake a multiplication facts check in the summer term.

Children in Year 1 complete the Phonics Screening check in the summer term. 

Additional assessments take place throughout the school year.