Our Curriculum

At Cockington Primary School we are very proud of our approach to learning, which aims to develop confident and responsible learners.  

We want our pupils to be successful in the future and therefore have developed a curriculum that incorporates opportunities which nurture our values as well as developing learning attributes, such as independence and teamwork. We have used elements of the National Curriculum where appropriate to deliver this.

We have developed a creative, enquiry-based curriculum that successfully offers a wide range of developmental opportunities. This topic-based, creative curriculum enables pupils to be highly inspired and immersed in challenging learning opportunities, whilst providing a broad and balanced curriculum that will meet the individual development of all the children in our care.

We have identified 3 main areas that drive our curriculum. These drivers are incorporated into our curriculum and are essential to its success.


We aim to widen the children’s horizons and raise their aspirations by broadening their awareness of the opportunities they have in front of them through the topics. This will encourage them to consider what the future holds for them and the possibilities that await them.


This encourages pupils to understand themselves, their emotions and their relationships with others. It encourages understanding of personal health, safety and self-responsibility.


This includes the exploration of the world around them, from their peers in the classroom, the school community and the local community. It allows pupils to explore their place in society as citizens, from their local community to the wider world.

Running alongside our drivers are the key entitlements, which have been identified by staff, parents and pupils. These are planned activities which enhance the curriculum and give children new and inspiring opportunities, which encourage the pupils and puts their learning into context. Just like the drivers, entitlements are an essential part of the curriculum and are planned into each topic. These include such activities as looking after animals, residential experiences and learning to swim.

Our curriculum is organised into six different, varied and stimulating themes per year. These themes can vary in length depending on the topic itself and the coverage needed and include a wide range of learning opportunities for all children.

Weaving through our entire curriculum are opportunities for children to deepen their understanding of Fundamental British Values. These opportunities are clearly identified in our planning.


This is based on five main areas, speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.

The children’s learning is carefully structured in each area to help them to progress. Reading is an important area where we look for co-operation and support from parents. We use a number of schemes, including Letters & Sounds and Oxford Reading Tree, along-side non-scheme books throughout the school. Children will bring home their reading book home.

We ask that parents hear their children read at home. Parents and teachers can exchange comments in the record book. With the older children we hope parents will still find time to discuss their books with them as well as hear them read parts of their book.


Numeracy is a proficiency, which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. A variety of resources are used to support this. Early practical work is built on and developed through the use of activities and problem solving. To support mathematical development, use is made of calculators and computers where appropriate.

Our aim is to develop the mathematical skills and understanding necessary for adult life and employment, and to foster appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of mathematics.


We teach the skills for attainment target 1, experimental and investigative science; explicitly and then encourage children to practise them within the context of an investigation.

We want the children in our school to look at the world as a scientist. We aim to develop the skills of observation, sorting and classifying, questioning and predicting, estimation and measurement, and fair testing. Children are then taught to notice and explain trends in their results, recording findings in drawings, words, tables and charts.

Curriculum Overviews

The curriculum topics that each year group study throughout the year are listed below. Click the links to view more information for each year group.


  • We're Going On a Bear Hunt/Where's My Bear?/Family
  • Farming/Farmer Duck/Harvest Pumpkin Soup/The Little Red Hen
  • Dinosaurs/Underpants Stomp/Harry and the Dinosaur/Learning characteristics
  • Traditional tales
  • Under the Sea/Octonauts hook/Rainbow fish/Tiddler facts
  • Minibeasts/Hungry Caterpillar/Tiny seed/Seed in need

Click here to view the current topic overview for Reception

Year 1

  • Under the Sea
  • Lights, Camera, Action!
  • Masterchef
  • Beneath the Canopy
  • Are we nearly there yet!?
  • Tales and Trails

Click here to view the current topic overview for Year 1

Year 2

  • Far, Far Away
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Out of Africa
  • Down by the Garden
  • Crime on the Riviera

Click here to view the current topic overview for Year 2

Year 3

  • Science Superheroes
  • Arctic Adventures
  • Escape from Pompeii/Volcanoes
  • Take Moor Care
  • Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

Click here to view the current topic overview for Year 3

Year 4

  • Raiders and Traiders
  • Rocking All Over the World
  • Extreme Earth/Weird & Wonderful Animals
  • Photography
  • Growing for Gold

Click here to view the current topic overview for Year 4

Year 5

  • Villainous Victorians
  • What Makes Britain Great?
  • Fantastical Beasts

Click here to view the current topic overview for Year 5

Year 6

  • Space: To Infinity and Beyond
  • The Ancients
  • Save Our Seas

Click here to view the current topic overview for Year 6


To find out more information about the curriculum at Cockington Primary, please contact Sharon Carter, Deputy Head Teacher by phoning 01803 214100 or emailing admin@cockingtonprimary.org.uk.