‘Depth before breadth and more time for learning’

Our first priority at ARK Little Ridge is that we build a foundation in literacy and numeracy, as this provides a gateway to all other learning.  Mastery in core skills is essential.  Our school day is weighted to the teaching of core subjects and the expectation is that no time is wasted in any given day.


Foundation Stage - Reception

The curriculum in Foundation Stage reflects the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage with the children working in three Prime Areas (Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and four Specific Areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.  The children work within learning themes that systematically cover the required curriculum.


Key Stage One and Key Stage Two - Years 1-6

Maths and English are organised so that the children build on skills sequentially with the curriculum divided across the year groups.  The English curriculum then forms the starting points to other areas of the curriculum.  So for example, in term 1, the children in Year 4 are reading ‘Gladiator Boy’ alongside their study of The Romans.  Other aspects of the National Curriculum are covered in a similar way across the school.


Life without Levels

Download this information leaflet about Assessment

To supplement the National Curriculum we use the following schemes

  • Read Write Inc
  • Talk for Writing
  • The Nelson Handwriting Scheme
  • Maths Mastery
  • Science Bug
  • Val Sabin PE and Dance
  • SEAL materials
  • the LA agreed schemes of work for RE (Religious Education) and SRE (Sex and Relationships Education)


Key Stage Two  have access to specialist music teachers from Year 4 onwards.