Guide to our Curriculum

As part of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust, our curriculum intent and core principles are focused on the following:

Unlocking children’s passion to succeed in their school career and beyond through a carefully considered, broad, rich, deep and ambitious curriculum, built through sequenced and interleaving learning, with opportunities for purposeful ‘exhibition standard’ work, which meets the differing needs of all our children; building together strong foundations to acquire the key skills, values, attitudes and attributes for life-long learning and the resilience and courage to apply them.

For more information on curriculum intent and core principles, please click 

At the heart of all of this is the school’s motto of:

 ‘Explore, succeed…soar!’


The Early Years Foundation stage (Age 4-5)

In the Foundation Stage the children learn through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 

When staff judge children to be ready they begin working on the National Curriculum. At Ravensthorpe we cover all aspects of the National Curriculum to enhance the learning experiences of the children

Please click HERE for more information

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum sets out what children should know, understand and do in each year group in the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education.


We follow a local Peterborough syllabus to teach Religious Education. For more information about this, please click HERE.

Please click HERE to read a copy of the National Primary Curriculum

Please click HERE for a summary of the National Primary Curriculum


 Our curriculum is based on our belief that every child should be able to explore, succeed and soar. 

Each year group has a key focus and a key question for the year and these are given below. 

Year 1 – Creators – What is the same and what is different?

Year 2 – Leaders  -  What makes a good leader?

Year 3 – Reporters – Can bad news ever be good news?

Year 4 – Inventors – Are all ideas great ideas?

Year 5 – Explorers – Can we reach for the stars?

Year 6 – Diplomats – Can one person really make a difference?

For the Autumn Term, our curriculum focus is history and details of what each year group will cover can be seen by clicking on the links.



We use a range of approaches to ensure that all our children become confident and enthusiastic readers. One approach is through the teaching of phonics. Teachers follow Read Write Inc to teach phonics across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. All children in Year 1 take a Phonics Screening Test each June to check upon the standard of their phonics knowledge.

Information about Read Write Inc and videos to use at home, click HERE

Information about the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test can be found HERE.


Our children get on many interesting and educational trips during their time at Ravensthorpe. We also enrich their learning by giving them opportunities to exhibit their work to you each term through our classroom exhibitions together with performance opportunities during the year. We have a range of community visitors who come to support learning, for example, fire-fighters, health-workers and story-tellers. Year 6 children have the opportunity to take part in a challenging and team-building residential trip. Our Year 3 children have the opportunity to attend Farm Camp in the summer term and we have recently launched PKAT Explorers with Year 5. PKAT Explorers is an exciting programme of outdoor learning, volunteering and physical activity which will culminate in a camping adventure in the summer term.  We also offer a range of extra-curricular school clubs for Key Stage 1 and 2 children.

If you have any skills that you think could support our curriculum please talk to your child's class teacher as you would be very welcome in school



How will you assess my child's progress?

Teachers at Ravensthorpe will constantly be assessing your child's learning. This may take the form of day to day observations and questioning or a more formal task at the end of a unit of learning. Assessment is vital to learning however we believe it should not be a stressful experience for either pupils or parents. 

Children are assessed as working at Explore, Explore +, Succeed or Soar.  It is our expectation that all children will succeed and soar.

How will I be told about my child's progress?

You will find out about your child's progress during a termly “Parent-Teacher’  meeting. Here you will be able to share information about the progress your child has made as well as their targets for the next term.  Annual reports are also sent out towards the end of the summer term.