Guide to our Curriculum

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

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

Alternatively, please speak to your child's class teacher for further 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

Alternatively, please speak to your child's class teacher for further information.

Our Creative 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? Curriculum 

 Topics and Plans in Term One

PDF icon Year 1- What is the toy's story?

PDF icon Year 2- Who would live in a place like this?

PDF icon Year 3- What did the Romans do for us?

PDF icon Year 4- What is the world's greatest invention?

PDF icon Year 5- Who is the 'Pharoest' of them all?!

PDF icon Year 6- Why do we have war and conflict in our world?

Topics and Plans in Term Two

PDF icon Year 1- What is it like to live Poles apart?

PDF icon Year 2- Would you like to live in the bright lights of the 'Big City'?

PDF icon Year 3- Are you a Heavy Metal Rockstar?!'

PDF icon Year 4- Is there such a thing as a magic potion?

PDF icon Year 5- What is our place in Space?

PDF icon Year 6- Do you agree with the work of Charles Darwin?


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the school is currently following a 'catch up' curriculum, focusing on ensuring children are secure with previous year's objectives and the key knowledge needed in reading, writing and maths.  Topics and plans for Term 3 will reflect our curriculum response to Covid-19.


PDF iconCatch Up Funding Plan 2020-21


 Teaching Phonics

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.

Assessment in our Curriculum

We use resources and tools form a company called PiXL to help teachers assess how children are progressing and to identify next steps. 

We also use resources from Primary Advantage Maths and, in Key Stage 2, Destination Reader to support children's understanding of maths and reading.



Extra-Curricular Activities

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.