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Discrete Subjects

Our new redesigned Curriculum is being added over the next few weeks.  Keep your eyes peeled for exciting developments.

In music we aim to give our children a range of creative experiences that allow them to explore and appreciate music from different cultures, traditions and eras.  Through listening, singing, composing and performing we hope children will enjoy sharing the skills they develop and begin to understand the impact that music can have emotionally and spiritually.

At our school, music is a key element, both through the curriculum lessons and in the wider opportunities we offer (we were given recognition for this through the Music Mark award). These can include listening to professional musicians, singing in a choir or learning an instrument, performing in school and further afield such as in local events in the village and wider community-for example the cathedral or concert hall.  The 'big ideas' revisited in music are 'Chronology' - How does this music fit into the wider world chronology? 'Technique' - Which skills are required to do this?  How can we refine them? 'Notation' - What does music look like?  How can we record music so that we can repeat what we have done? and 'Composition' - What sound do we want to create?  What picture do we want to evoke?  What story do we want to tell?

View our 2 year cycle for EYFS/KS1 HERE

View our 4 year cycle for KS2  HERE

View our music skills progression HERE

In Physical Education we aim to develop a sense of physical confidence, health awareness and personal achievement, both individually and as part of a team. Over the time at our school, we give opportunities to develop specific skills, teamwork, develop an understanding of strategy, welcome competition and learn how physical activity contributes to a healthy mind and body.

Through regular lessons children learn a wide range of specific skills and have the opportunity to take some of these further in extra-curricular activities and events organised in the area such as tournaments and competitions. Children are encouraged to celebrate all successes and support each other in being the ‘best they can be’ from their starting point. The 'big ideas' revisited in PE are 'Co-operation' - How do we work together to achieve a common goal? 'Technique' - Which skills do we need to use to improve? How can these be refined? and 'Evaluation' - What went well and what could be improved?

Our children receive specialist coaching each week for PE.

View our 2 Year Cycle for EYFS/KS1 HERE

View Our 4 Year Cycle for KS2 HERE

View our whole School Progression of Skills and Knowledge HERE

In Computing we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world, where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information to support their learning whilst developing the knowledge and skills to be discriminating and remain safe whilst online. The 'big ideas' that children will revisit are 'Purpose' - an opportunity to consider the different purposes of technology and how they can be used in the wider world, 'Respect' - the importance of using technology with respect and being respectful on-line and 'Communication' - doing this through different programmes for different results.

View our EYFS/KS1 2 Year Cycle HERE

View our KS2 4 Year Cycle HERE

Modern Foreign Languages and Cultural Learning is a key strength of our school. We are a Gold Linguamarque school, and this reflects in our commitment to  seek opportunities for our pupils to continue to develop their language skills and develop a wider, and deeper, understanding of a range of cultures from around the world. Our French specialist teacher, teaches across the school, from Nursery to Year 6, as we believe early learning through songs and games helps to build confidence and supports children to begin to develop an ear for languages. The children follow a four year cycle that is repeated throughout their time at Stoke By Nayland. In EYFS and KS1, we teach the children through simple songs and games. In KS2, we consolidate and build on this learning to ensure our children are confident and gaining fluency. As with all other subjects, during French we focus on our Big Ideas - which for MFL are 'Communication' - What message do we want to convey? and 'Understanding' - What do we understand? What can we deduce?

View our 4 Year Cycle HERE

View an our ongoing language development plan HERE

We follow the Emmanuel project for RE. As a Church of England school, Religious Education carries a high status within our curriculum. Our Religious Education curriculum provides opportunities for our children to explore the significant theological concepts within Christianity and different world religions, developing their thinking and their understanding of the world and their experiences within it. We develop our pupils thinking through a wide range of opportunities including visits to the Cathedral, visits to local places of worship and a wide range of opportunities including leading worship for our pupils. The 'big ideas' that we revisit are 'Belief' - What are the beliefs of each religion? How do these compare to others? 'Respect' - we may have different ideas or opinions to others and can talk about this and 'Characteristics' - What is unique about this particular religion? What comparisons and contrasts can be made?

View our EYFS/KS1 2 Year Cycle HERE

View our KS2 4 Year Cycle HERE

View our progression of knowledge and skills HERE

In PSHE we aim to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for our children keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in a modern world.  We believe that a well-delivered PSHE programme has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.  Our 'big ideas' in PSHE are 'Respect' - we may have different opinions or ideas about something, but we talk about these, 'Communication' - What do we need to do to do this clearly and effectively?  What impact can communication have on others? and 'Understanding' - we look at ideas from different perspectives.

Our PSHE curriculum includes the development of key skills and personal qualities such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking. These are set in the context of learning grouped into three core themes:

    · Relationships
    · Living in the Wider World (including economic well being and aspects of careers education)
    · Health and well being

Alongside this, we also use the PSHE scheme the 'Zones of Regulation', which teaches the children about their emotions and how their emotions can impact on their own and other people's behaviour.  We use this scheme throughout the year to support our behaviour approach.

View our EYFS/KS1 2 Year Rolling Programme HERE

View our KS2 4 Year Rolling Programme HERE

Each class has a Forest Schools session each week.  The sessions are planned following the children's interests whilst supporting the covering and enhancement of specific aspects of the National Curriculum.

We use our weekly Forest Schools sessions to develop our Big Ideas of Curiosity, Compassion and Collaboration and how these enhance our curriculum.  

View how Forest Schools links to our National Curriculum HERE

View our Forest Schools Handbook HERE. A guide for staff and parents about all of the opportunities that our Forest School provides

Our Classes

Saplings - Miss Moore & Miss Durrant
Chestnut - Miss Durrant & Miss Roots
Oak  - Mrs McGrath-Wells

Our Curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum which we deliver through carefully selected topics to engage and inspire our children.


Healthy Schools




Stoke by Nayland C of E Primary School

School Street


Colchester CO6 4QY

Mr Andrew Frolish - Executive Headteacher

Mrs Kelly McGrath-Wells - Head of School


Telephone: (01206) 262418

E-mail: admin@sbn.suffolk.sch.uk

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