Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning

Curriculum Overview


The curriculum at Sir John Lillie Primary School has been developed to prepare our children for the next stage of their education and to inspire them on their journey as lifelong learners.







Our aim is for our children to become confident, resilient and respectful young people who take risks in their learning. Where possible we make links between subjects and plan opportunities for our children to apply skills across subjects and within meaningful contexts.





We strive to broaden our children’s experiences through activities that bring subjects to life. These include educational visits, workshops and after-school clubs.







To ensure our children are prepared for the next stage in their education we have thoughtfully developed progression maps for subjects from       Year 1 - 6.




These progression maps include the knowledge, skills and vocabulary intended for all our children to learn each term. They are displayed in classrooms as our knowledge organisers and are used by both teaching staff and children to support learning.





We believe it is important to support our children in developing personally as well as academically.





Through our carefully planned and sequenced whole school PSHE progression map we equip our children with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to be healthy, safe and responsible individuals and members of the community. In addition to assemblies and weekly class sessions, PSHE themes and topics are also taught by visitors through workshop sessions.





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.



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.