Reading and Phonics

Developing a love of reading is the single most powerful attribute that can make a difference to our children’s future attainment. From Foundation Stage right up to Year 6, the children at Sir Thomas Abney are encouraged to develop an enjoyment of reading and books.


Mathematics is a key life-skill; essential to success in later life. The acquiring of this skill should be a journey of challenge and enjoyment.


At Sir Thomas Abney we recognise that English skills are essential to attainment in school and opportunities throughout life. We teach English skills through a carefully selected range of high quality children’s literature using the Power of Reading scheme.


Here at Sir Thomas Abney we teach the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) which include subjects such as science, history, geography, design, technology, art and society. The IPC is an exciting program which gets pupils involved in learning through a topic or an idea.


The development of Information and Communications Technology is changing both in the home and in the community and pervades every aspect of our lives.


Music has a very high profile at Sir Thomas Abney Primary. We believe in providing an engaging and stimulating curriculum. Children are encouraged to listen to and explore a broad range of music, based in British and western traditions and forms, as well as the music of their communities.


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.


Encouraging children to lead a active, healthy lifestyle is a priority at Sir Thomas Abney. Within the curriculum all children have two hours each week timetabled for Physical Education (PE).


The school teaches the locally agreed Religious Education curriculum.