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South Lake Primary School

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum has been written by us. It is based on the statutory National Curriculum, but designed for South Lake children, with their interests and needs at its heart.

Our curriculum provides our children with:

The ability to articulate their thoughts, make themselves understood and have a voice

Tolerance of and respect for those who differ from them

Aspiration, and the resilience to achieve

An understanding of world issues and their responsibilities for the future

A rich bank of knowledge and a thirst for knowing more

An extensive vocabulary and the ability to understand complex text

A sense of their place in their own society and our responsibilities as a society 

A respect for law as a basis of a functioning society.

We strongly believe that children learn through investigating and making links to other areas of their learning. At South Lake, the children take part in a range of workshops, creative learning and trips which enhance their knowledge and understanding and bring their learning to life!

We use Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds when we teach phonics. 

For reading, we use a large number of scheme books, including The Oxford Reading Tree and we use a colour-coding system so that we can have a range of non-scheme books available too.

For handwriting, we start to teach a cursive style when the children have learned to form their letters.

For religious education, we follow the Pan-Berkshire RE Agreed Syllabus; the RE policy and the syllabus are available below.

Below you will find the overview for the year, click on the titles to find out more.

Year Group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


Exploring Colour, Shape, Pattern





Living things


The Jolly Postman & traditional tales

To infinity and beyond!

Go Wild!

Frozen Planet


Terrific Transport

Great Fire of London

Underwater adventure

Down the allotment!

Dungeons and Dragons


Amazing Egyptians


Bright Sparks

Rollin’ Stone Age

Roaming Romans

May the forces be with you!


Delightful digestive   system Anglo-Saxons Invade Giant footsteps!

Chocolate delights

Vikings     Attack!



Potion Commotion!

All the Fun of the Fair

The Villainous


Amazonian Adventures

Earth and Beyond


The World at War

It’s all Greek to me!

Awesome Animals

Mexican Fiesta


Darwin’s Delights