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In Years 3-6 we extend our emphasis on excellence, enjoyment and creativity across all areas of the curriculum, as well as consolidating and developing basic skills in English and maths.

We follow the National Curriculum for KS2, using as many cross-curricular and local links as possible. Pupils are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own personal needs, to work cooperatively as well as independently at a set task and be able to share with their peers.


The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum policy, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs.  Consequently we provide teaching which is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their further educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens within our society.

Children in Years 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2) follow the subjects of the National Curriculum. This comprises of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music, PSHE, Modern Foreign Languages(French) and Physical Education.


Long Term Curriculum Maps for each year group are attached on via the links below.

Year 3 Long Term Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Year 4 Long Term Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Year 5 Long Term Curriculum Plan 2023-24

Year 6 Long Term Curriculum Plan 2023-24


At Abbey we truly believe that language and communication are life skills which need to be nurtured and developed from the moment children walk through our doors. We believe a high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

We know how important reading is and our aim is to get children loving reading. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.  In KS2 we continue to develop a love of lifelong reading and we prioritise children who are not meeting the expected standard in reading.

At Abbey we have worked hard to ensure the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum where English is entwined into every subject to guarantee the children are able to practise many different aspects of the English curriculum. From the Early years, children develop a love of English through systematic and fun phonics lessons enabling them to have the best possible start to their learning of reading and writing.

Staff at Abbey deliver well-planned and engaging English lessons and strive to instil a love of language whether that be in their writing, their reading or in the way they use language in their day to day interactions.

Through participation with the English curriculum, we endeavour all pupils will:

  • Develop communication and spoken language skills through collaboration and encouragement.
  • Read with enjoyment; fluently, confidently and with a sense of success.
  • Develop a love of reading and reading habits, understanding the main purposes of reading for finding information and for pleasure.
  • Develop a repertoire of vocabulary which is rich, thoughtful and challenging.
  • Write creatively and coherently with confidence and a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Write for a purpose and to engage an audience, whilst showcasing their individual flair and style. 
  • English plans can be accessed below


Year 3 English medium term planning

Year 4 English medium term planning

Year 5 English medium term planning

Year 6 English medium term planning



Maths intent

Lessons incorporate the ‘Big 5 ideas’ (coherence, representation and structure, mathematical thinking, fluency and variation). We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts.

We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.


Planning identifies all the mathematical facts, methods and strategies that people pupils need to learn:

  • We have a carefully considered and sequenced curriculum that ensures all children are given the most useful facts, formulae, procedure and vocabulary in all topics covered.
  • Our maths curriculum makes sure that declarative knowledge (number facts), procedural knowledge (step by step methods) and conditional knowledge (putting the other two steps together to make problem solving) are all practised and embedded. By making sure all three types of knowledge are practised and learned for each section of the curriculum, we are ensuring that children are given the strategies to solve problems.
  • At Abbey in Y3-Y5 we follow White Rose Maths – we find that the scheme breaks the national curriculum objectives into smaller steps so that they are manageable for all learners.
  • In Y6, the year has been split into 3 ability classes. They have been split this way to ensure all needs of the children are met with regards to fluency and problem solving aspects, supporting children to achieve the best they can in KS2 SATS and helping them to transition to KS3.

We endeavour to ensure all pupils achieve automaticity in all areas of the curriculum, with solid foundations in procedural knowledge to be able to solve problems and reason effectively and that all pupils enjoy maths and succeed.

Year-3 mathematics medium term plans

Year-4 mathematics medium term plan

Year-5 mathematics medium term plan

Year-6 mathematics medium term plan

If you require any further information and your children attend Abbey please contact their class teacher via Seesaw or Tapestry. If you are looking to join the Abbey Family and require more information regarding the curriculum please contact Mr Briggs via the school office.