The school follows a way of learning that is based on our curriculum values and the National Curriculum with the aim of helping pupils learn more.

Our curriculum values

Schools must:

  • prepare pupils to lead fulfilling lives
  • prepare pupils to play an active, positive and productive role in our democratic society
  • pupils must become adept at working both individually and collaboratively.

How the curriculum is organised – important details

  • Geography, history and RE are taught through English. English lessons are based around a topic.
  • Science, art and design, design and technology and music are taught in blocks – a whole week at a time.
  • Pupils practise  important key learning (basic skills) for up to 30 minutes each day.
  • All pupils will have two hours of PE each week.
  • Swimming is taught in Years 3 and 5.

Our topics for this academic year

  • Autumn Term 1 Rulers –Plantagenet rule to 1485
  • Autumn Term 2 Islam
  • Spring Term 1 Human geography: settlements, land use, economic activity  including trade links
  • Spring Term 2 Tudors
  • Summer Term 1 Hinduism
  • Summer Term 2 Regions of the world

How are reading and phonics taught?

Phonics is the system of learning to read by using sounds. At Culloden, the Read Write Inc. programme is used to teach phonics. From nursery, pupils are introduced to the first 30 sounds and taught to blend these sounds into words. In Reception, pupils are taught to blend sounds into words and they read from books at their standard daily. This continues throughout KS1 and KS2 with daily phonic lessons and daily guided reading with comprehension to test pupils’ understanding. Each class has a book area with attractive books that appeal to all pupils within that class and are available to take home. The Shared Reading text which will be studied this year are

Year 1

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
  • The Frog Prince
  • The Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Redell
  • Jack and the Golden Harp
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Year 2

  • Peter and the Wolf
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King – Terry Dreary
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Diary of a Cat – Anne Fine
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

Year 3

  • Toro Toro – Michael Morpurgo
  • The Little Vampire – Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
  • Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
  • The Twits – Roald Dahl
  • TBC

Year 4

  • George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
  • How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  • The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams

Year 5

  • Cirque de Freak – Darren Shan
  • Silverfin – Charlie Higson
  • Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian

Year 6

  • The Enemy – Charlie Higson
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • Journey to Jo’burg
  • The Witches – Roald Dahl

Reading good quality literature to pupils provides ideas for Extended Writing lessons.  Each class a book area with attractive books that appeal to all pupils within that class and are available to take home. We strongly encourage parents/carers to help foster a love of reading in their children.  That is why we provide resources to achieve this aim.

Why reading is important

  • Reading helps you achieve your goals
  • Reading will help you with different jobs and careers
  • Reading will help increase your knowledge
  • Reading will help you understand morals and how to behave
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can make you laugh and make you happy
  • Reading will help you improve your vocabulary
  • Reading is fun

Download the Why Reading is Important leaflet.


Last updated January 3, 2018