Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning

Curriculum Overview

At Sir John Lillie Primary School we follow the statutory requirements set out by the National Curriculum 2014.   To read or download our year group long term plans, click here.


For a parents' guide to each year groups' end of year expectations please select the year group you require:


                        Reception       Year 1          Year 2          Year 3


                                    Year 4               Year 5           Year 6


All year groups are taught the programmes of study, as set out in the National Curriculum. 


The Primary National Curriculum is split into two key stages;

            Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

            Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6).  


Subjects within the curriculum are split into core and foundation subjects. 


Core subjects are: English, Maths and Science.


Foundation subjects are: History, Geography, Art & Design, Design Technology, Foreign Languages, Computing, Music and Physical Education.

All children in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are taught phonics and participate in daily phonics sessions. These sessions are planned using 'Letters and Sounds' as a guide. 





Religious Education is also taught, though programmes of study are decided locally through the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)


Throughout their time at primary school, pupils are taught all aspects of the National Curriculum as a minimum expectation. The school will also enhance the curriculum further to develop and broaden the opportunities available to pupils in our school. 


At Sir John Lillie Primary School we enhance and develop our curriculum through the use of visitors, events and trips in order to provide the children with real life and hands on experiences. 



Access to the curriculum is provided for all pupils at Sir John Lillie Primary School. This is done in a variety of ways; through adult support, different activities, use of equipment and resources.  Teachers plan lessons carefully, ensuring new learning is taking place consistently.


Differentiation is key to delivering an effective and inclusive curriculum.   All pupils' starting points are considered and activities and work is matched to ensure pupils reach their full potential, whilst supporting the child's learning; offering opportunities to succeed, as well as providing challenge.   


For further information related to pupils who are identified as being gifted or talented, or pupils who have special educational needs, please click on the links to our school policies.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) & British Values


Throughout the curriculum at SJL teachers promote SMSC aspects of life and promote British Values, such as: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 


Assemblies play a huge role in developing SMSC learning at SJL. Both Lower School (Years 1-3) and Upper School (Years 4-6) meet daily for an assembly.


Topics/themes for assemblies include:

  • Celebrating learning and achievements both in and out of school.
  • Celebrating attendance and punctuality.
  • Learning about different cultures, festivals and celebrations.
  • Learning about British Values
  • Weekly singing assemblies.
  • Choosing school mediators.
  • Philosophy for Children.
  • Visitors and outreach activities.


Every Tuesday we have whole school assemblies, where we come together to celebrate, share and reflect.


The Foundation Stage have a weekly assembly, with topics that include RE, SEAD (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), stories and music.