Our curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced and to offer a wide range of engaging, learning opportunities for our children.

English and mathematics are taught daily in discrete lessons but also through topic work so children are able to apply and embed their skills. Foundation subjects (history, geography, art, etc.) are taught through a range of creative topics, which are based on knowledge and skills. Each topic has a single subject as its main focus but knowledge and skills are drawn from a range of subjects in order to deliver the national curriculum. You can find out more about these and the Cornerstones Curriculum by following the links on this page.

Letters and Sounds forms the basis of our phonics teaching.

Year group topics

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

  Squirrels - Rec

All About Me

 Do you want to be friends?

Why Do Squirrels Hide Their Nuts?

 Me and My Community

Once Upon a Story

Will You Read Me A Story?

What Happens When I Fall Asleep?

Who Lives In Rock Pools?

What Can You See In Summer?

  Stoats - Y1



Splendid Skies


School Days


Bright Lights, Big City


Moon Zoom


The Enchanted Woodland


  Hedgehogs - Y2

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets


Street Detectives


Muck, Mess and Mixtures


The Scented Garden


Beat, Band, Boogie


Land Ahoy!


  Hares - Y3/4

  Foxes - Y4/5

Tribal Tales


Mighty Metals


Off with Her Head!




Misty Mountain, Winding River




  Badgers - Y6

Blood Heart


A Child's War


Frozen Kingdom


Hola Mexico


SATs Focus


Gallery Rebels

Art and design


Please note that units may be moved within the year or changed from time to time to respond to local or national initiatives or events.


At Tendring, RE is taught throughout the school following the Essex agreed syllabus (2015:) exploRE.

Topics are arranged on a rolling programme of study, covering both systematic units based on the knowledge and understanding of each of the main six world religions (with an emphasis on Christianity ) and thematic units exploring similarities and differences between religions, such as Creation Stories, Sacred Writing and Places of Worship. In year 6, children look at Humanism – a way of living without a God or religion.

Learning about religion is balanced with learning from religion; children are encouraged to explore their own ideas and beliefs, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging, whilst developing qualities of respect, empathy and compassion.


British Values 

At Tendring Primary School we recognise the important role schools play in ensuring that pupils develop into ethical and responsible members of society. British values form the basis of good citizenship so these values are taught explicitly through PSHE and RE as well as through our daily assemblies and whole school systems and structures, such as electing and running a successful School Council and House system. We also teach British values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Beyond the curriculum, through the ethos of the school (SHINE), we expect pupils to uphold these values and give them responsibilities to further their understanding and put these values into practice.

Taking account of pupils’ capacity to understand these concepts and ideas at Tendring School we aim to:


  •  listen to all views
  • debate arguments for and against
  • get involved
  • express our views appropriately
  • vote and respect the view of the majority

Rule of Law

  • make sure rules and expectations are clear and fair
  • can distinguish right from wrong
  • respect the law, and school rules, and the basis on which they are made
  • know laws protect us

Individual Liberty

  • promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • take responsibility for our own behaviour
  • model freedom of speech in a peaceful manner
  • challenge stereotypes and bias
  • are an anti-bullying school

Respect & Tolerance

  • promote respect
  • respect our own and other peoples’ cultures and way of life
  • challenge prejudice and discrimination
  • discuss differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and families