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Morley's 12 Days of Christmas

Listen to our school version of the 12 Days of Christmas, written by the children. We love singing this.

The curriculum at Morley Primary School
All pupils in school are taught in mixed age classes, and study the National Curriculum. The staff plan exciting themes which incorporate all aspects of the National Curriculum within a programme of cross-curricular activities, as well as discrete teaching where appropriate. OfSTED (2012) said that our curriculum was incredibly rich and that children had a ‘magical experience’ in lessons where ‘the atmosphere is electric’.

Millie used Stop Motion Animation to explain some of her learning in Class 3.

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Our curriculum themes


Staff base the learning around half term, or termly, themes. These are enriched by a range of external visits and visitors, for example Class 2 visit the Bagshaw Museum for their Egyptians theme, and Class 1 enjoy a day at Warwick Castle. We have had owls in school, and a variety of rainforest creepy crawlies. Class 3 take part in the Spires project as part of their design and technology work, and we have welcomed several authors and illustrators. We have worked with the RSPB and have spent a day learning circus skills. Many of these themes incorporate a 2-3 week book study which links a quality text to the term's theme, for example Street Child by Berlie Doherty, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson or Stig of the Dump by Clive King. 


The learning is based on a two or three year cycle, due to our mixed age classes. Here is a flavour of what we learn.


  Term 1   Term 2   Term 3  

Class 1

Rotation 1


The Arctic

Snow Dome

Space is Ace



Beaumanor Hall

All about me

Teddy Bears'


Rotation 2

Castles and


Warwick Castle

5 a Day

The Gruffalo

Gruffalo Hunt

Zooming round

Spring and


Festivals and


Rotation 3


Twycross Zoo Botanical Gardens



Minibeasts Zoo Lab

Inventors and



Class 2

Rotation 1

Under the Sea

Carsington Water


Open Centre


Buxton Museum


Poole's Cavern

Once Upon a Time

Bolsover Castle

Stone Age and

Iron Age

Play in a Day

Rotation 2




Anglo Saxons


Haddon Hall


This is England

Open Centre


Rotation 3

Robots and Inventions

World War 2


Cannock Chase


Play in a Day

Egyptians Bagshaw Museum

Light and Dark


Class 3

Rotation 1

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Hathersage residential


Galleries of Justice

Wollaton Park

Street Child

Christmas Carol

Varjak Paw

Bridges and Forces

Chesterfield Museum

Walk on Wire

Girl in Boys Bathroom


Art in War 


Thematic geography linked to world events eg Olympics

Rotation 2

Extreme Earth

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo

Holes by Louis Sacher

Extreme Weather

The Invention of Hugo Cabret



Stratford visit

Shakespeare: Henry V Macbeth

Mozart Question

Holocaust Holocaust Centre

Discovery Island

The Unknown

Harris Burdick

Disney Chernobyl

Ancient Greece

Kensuke's Kingdom


In addition, all pupils in Class 2 take part in the Wider Opportunities in music scheme, so far learning violin, flute, samba, steel drum and singing. All pupils in Class 3 learn ukulele, drumming and handbells. All pupils in school have weekly French lessons where we benefit greatly from the support of Mrs Cloherty who comes in to work with the children (and staff).


As we have no school hall, we hire a local sports centre for one day each week during the Spring term so that the children can have specific teaching in dance and gymnastics. All pupils in Years 3-5 have weekly swimming lessons.

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Our curriculum planning was revised in accordance with the new Primary Curriculum for September 2014. This is monitored annually to ensure coverage; a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by rich and exciting learning opportunities; and to ensure that it provides children with opportunities to develop an understanding of life in Modern Britain.


Approach to phonics and reading schemes


From the Early Years, phonics is taught to all pupils, and may continue into Key Stage 2 where appropriate. We use the Letters and Sounds programme, incorporating oral, written and interactive elements each day. Phonics is taught every morning from 11.20 - 11.40.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Phonics within the Gigantic Triathlon

Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which runs throughout school. The main reading scheme is supplemented by a wide range of other reading material, both fiction and non-fiction. The reading scheme is organised into colour bands through which children progress at their own speed. School staff will move children through the bands when both their decoding and comprehension skills show they are ready.

For further information on how we developed our reading provision, see the link below.
If you would like more information about our curriculum, or have something which you can offer, then please contact school direct. Thank you.
Remember to get your BBQ and Sleepover tickets this week.