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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Learning in key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at STA


Each year group has two classes. Each class is named after a tree. These are the current class names:
Cherry (Nursery)
Beech, Chestnut and Palm(Reception)
Aspen and Rowan (Year 1)
Ebony and Nutmeg (Year 2)
Apple and Walnut (Year 3)
Cedar and Holly (Year 4)
Hazel and Willow (Year 5)
Maple and Oak (Year 6)

At Sir Thomas Abney we teach a curriculum that is exciting, fun and creative. When you walk into any of the classrooms, you can expect to find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning. Our aim is always to help each child perform to his or her best and develop a love for learning.

Our committed, caring teaching team enjoy being in an environment where they are fully supported and encouraged to be innovative. We aim to have outstanding teachers delivering brilliant lessons everyday of the week. We use rigorous data analysis to ensure that every child makes expected progress, without the data we wouldn’t know if our methods are successful. Reflective practice and Assessment for Learning or formative assessment techniques are at the core of our teaching and learning policy.

The children at Sir Thomas Abney experience a personally relevant and inspiring curriculum. It enables them to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to make a positive contribution to society.

All children follow the National Curriculum and have daily literacy and numeracy lessons. Whilst encouraging teachers’ individual creativity we also deliver the Read Write Inc programme, the Power of Reading programme, Maths Mastery and the International Primary Curriculum.


In a school where approximately 60% of the children speak English as an additional language, the teaching of literacy is the highest priority. Read Write Inc is taught in Foundation Stage, KS1 and for a small number of children in KS2. In KS2 the Power of Reading is taught ensuring children develop a love of reading and writing through half termly book studies. The books, by well renowned authors, are carefully chosen to engage the children and provides them with many opportunities to improve their spoken and written language.


Since September 2013 the school has adopted Maths Mastery in Years 1 and 2, extending the programme to Years 3 and 4 from September 2014. The key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum are high expectations for every child, fewer topics in greater depth, an understanding of number and place value before anything else, the use of objects and pictures before numbers and letters and ensuring children can calculate with confidence.


International Primary Curriculum

The children follow the International Primary Curriculum for subjects including Science, Art, Design, Music, P.E. History, Geography and ICT. Also included in this curriculum is the teaching of international understanding and personal and social goals. This curriculum is based on recent research into how the brain learns best and helps to develop the individual strengths and learning styles of each child. Subjects are taught through cross curricular themes and there is a strong emphasis on how to learn. Through the IPC the children can make continuous connections between their own unique trans-global experiences and those of others. If you would like to know more about the IPC have a look at their website:
Parents are sent a half termly curriculum information sheet which details what their child will be learning and how best to support them at home.

Religious Education

The school teaches the locally agreed Religious Education curriculum. This seeks to ensure that all children in our school are educated to develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally in a way that enables them to understand themselves and others and to cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in a rapidly changing, multicultural world.

To learn more about the PE curriculum please click here

To learn more about the Music curriculum please click here

Modern Foreign Language – Spanish

Weekly Spanish lessons are taught to all children in years 3 to 6. The scheme of work has been developed in partnership with other Hackney schools.

Download information on our curriculum here:

Curriculum Map 2014-15
Read, Write Inc.
Maths Mastery

Early Years

Our nursery provides 50 places with some on a full-time basis. There is a morning and an afternoon session.Places for Nursery can be applied for through our school and all Reception places are applied for directly through the Learning Trust. For full details of Reception application and admission please go directly to the Learning Trust website www.learningtrust.co.uk

The children in our Nursery and Reception follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum underpins all future learning. We offer our children the opportunity to learn through a wide range of rich, meaningful and multi-sensory practical experiences, in both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Children learn best through play based activities and first-hand experience. Every child deserves the best possible start in life. In the Foundation Stage, we aim to give this by looking at what the children can do and supporting them to fulfil their potential, we get to know their individual interests and needs. We aim for the children to become independent learners through the provision of a balance of child initiated and adult led experiences.

Through continual and careful observation and assessment of the children, we are able to plan meaningful, motivating and personalised learning which the children can enjoy and be challenged by.

Within the Early Years Foundation Curriculum there are four key themes, which underpin seven areas of learning:

The four key themes are:

A Unique Child

The principle of the theme is – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

The principle of the theme is – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments

The principle of the theme is –

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development

The principle of the theme is – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

The seven areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

EYFS1Key People

Each child in our Nursery and in our Reception classes is allocated a Key worker.

A Key Worker is responsible for liaising with the child’s parent/carer, informing the parent/ carer of activities in which the child has participated.

S/he has the responsibility for monitoring your child’s development in the areas of learning outcomes. S/he will interact with all the children but will get to know their allocated children well. Your child’s Key Worker’s name will be available to you and published where you can see it.

Your Child’s Development

In Nursery and Reception all children have their own profile book. This very special book shows how your child is learning, interacting and developing in all areas of learning.

The team of adults working in Early Years will get to know your child well. They will get to know them as a unique child with special skills, interests and ideas. The more they get to know your special child, the better they can support them in the right way.

We value parents and carers contributing to your child’s profile book and sharing in their learning. We welcome you talking with your child about this book, sticking in family photographs or other things of significance to your child.

We will regularly look through this book with your child to remind them of happy and exciting times. This provides them with a starting point for talking about shared memories. When ready, your child can also choose to put things that are important to them in their book.

The profile book will include photographs, observations and work by your child. Family involvement in the profile book is crucial to build a picture of your child’s learning and development.

To view the most recent Early Years’ parent/carer questionnaire, please click here.

For further information on the Early Year’ curriculum, please click here.

Pupils love learning about the wide range of cultures and traditions represented in the school

Ofsted 2010