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We have mixed Year Group classes. Giant and Duckling Class - has Reception and Pre-school provision for 3-4 year olds ,Trendle Class has Year 1 and Year 2 class and Abbey Class has Year 3 and 4.

 We are now teaching from the revised New National Curriculum 2014. More information can also be found at


We have a thematic approach to the curriculum where by we try to link all the learning to umbrella topics. Please see the latest Topic Webs under Class Pages. Children help to plan each topic at their start.

In addition to this curriculum approach we have discrete Phonic & Spelling teaching sessions in all classes, usually five times a week. We currently use the Read, Write Inc Phonics programme to support our teaching of phonics in Reception and Year 1. The children then move onto the Read, Write Inc Spelling Programme in Years 2, 3 and 4. We also have guided reading and independent reading activities each day (please see our Teaching and Learning policy and our Spelling Policy (under Key Information and Policies) for further details).

The children also have regular, short, timetabled sessions focusing on handwriting and grammar from Year 1 up to Year 4.

We have a strong focus on learning dispositions and how to be a successful learner. We are always trying to become more self-aware, thinking about how to succeed, challenge ourselves and improve.

Our values are strong and driven by our faith. All our rewards are linked to how we behave according to our values and how we are developing as learners.


Our unique curriculum offer includes our Christian values and how we enable children's spirituality to be developed we also use our local  community and beautiful surroundings in our teaching and we encourage our learners to have a growth mindset outlook.


At Cerne Abbas CE VC First School all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in the class, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENDCo. We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. As far as our building allows us, we provide an inclusive learning environment for pupils including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found in our Special Education Needs Information Report and Equalities Policy.

Please find below our Curriculum Intent,  Topic Overviews, Knowledge, Skills Organisers and an example of Progression of Skills that we have each subject. We also use curriculum maps that show the specified topics and areas of learning in each subject for each class for each term. These are working documents and available on request. If you would like to find out more please come into school and speak to our Head Teacher or one of the class teachers.


Please note due to having classes of two year groups we teach a two-year rolling programme: Year A and Year B. For the academic year 2021 - 2022 we are teaching our Year B curriculum.

Curriculum Intent


A positive, purposeful and enthusiastic atmosphere

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