Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School

High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Page Updated 27.07.20


At Stanford in the Vale CE we believe children learn best when they are enthused, challenged and can see the relevance of what they are learning.

Our curriculum is topic based, with the children learning through a creative, cross curricular approach. The children help pick the topics and content they would like to cover, based on their interests or questions they would like answered. Three topics are taught throughout an academic year. We aim to develop key skills, problem solving strategies and good learning habits which will allow them to cope with the wider world and different situations.

Read the National Curriculum Progression Targets Here...

Over the last seven years, the children have covered the following topics: (download this table here →)

Current Year Groups June 2020





This is Me (f)

Stick Man (f)

Jurassic Journey (f)

There is no Planet B (f)

Calling all Superheroes (f)

All creatures great and small (f)

Year 1

  When the Stars Come Out (1)

A Place Down Under (1)

Colossal Castles (1)

Who am? What am I? Where am I? (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

To Infinity & Beyond (f)

All Creatures Great & Small(f)

Calling All Superheroes (f)

By The Seaside (f)

Year 2

  Out of Africa (2)

The Victorians - What did they do for us? (2)

Twisted Tales (2)

  Roarsome Dinosaurs (1)


Toy Story (1)

All About Me (f)

Take a stroll through the deep dark woods (f)

  Turrets & Tiaras (f)

  Beaks & Squeaks (f)

  The Shopping Basket (f)

  Minibeasts (f)

Year 3

Roald Dahl (3)

Into the Rainforest (3)

Stone Age – Iron Age (3)

Great Fire of London (2)

The Bare Necessites (2)

Back to Earth with Bump (2)

  Big Brave Bears (1)

  Frozen Planet (1)

  Dragons, Knights & Castles (1)

Through My Window (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

Jurassic Journey (f)

Dear Zoo (f)

Superheroes (f)

  Here & There (f)

Year 4

Asia (4)

Viking Invaders & Saxon Settlements (4)

Down the Rabbit Hole (4)

Island Adventure (3)

Stone to Rome (3)

Inventors and Inventions (3)

The Jungle Book (2)

The Victorians (2)

Underground Overground (2)

Frozen Planet (1)

Are We Nearly There Yet? (1)

Colossal Castles (1)

The Gruffalo (f)

The Jolly Postman (f)

Whatever Next (f)

Rosie’s Walk (f)

The Night Pirates (f)

Castles (f)

Year 5

Extraordinary Ancient Egyptians (5)

Aurora & Wonder (5)

The Odyssey (5)

Incredible Journeys (4)

Viking Invaders & Saxon settlements (4)

Extreme Earth (4)

Lost Landscapes (3)

Authors and Illustrators (3)

Let There Be Light (3)

Superheroes (2)

The Jungle Book (2)

The Victorians (2)

Watch Out! Dinosaurs About (1)

A Place Down Under (1)

In an English Country Garden (1)

Mr Men and Little Miss (f)

Mythical Madness (f)

Under and Over (f)

Year 6

World War II (6)

Mysterious Maya (6)

Our Wonderful World (6)

Extraordinary Egyptians (5)

Aurora and Wonder (5)

The Odyssey (5)

Incredible Journeys (4)

Vikings (4)

Extreme Earth (4)

Time Travellers: Flint, Roundhouses and Mosaics (3)

Sea Shores (3)

The Lion King (3)

Julia Donaldson & Friends (2)

St Lucia (2)

Vincent & Lawrence (2)

Bears (1)

What’s Inside? (1)

Beside the Seaside (1)

Magnificent Marvellous Me (f)

Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus (f)

Kings, Queens & Castles (f)

The children work towards purposeful outcomes, which take on a variety of forms e.g. productions, written media, models, web pages.

We ensure we teach the National Curriculum objectives to Key Stages One and Two, by careful monitoring and some discrete teaching of subjects.

The National Curriculum
(please click on the subject to see the progression throughout the school.)
In our phonics teaching, we use the following resources: Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics & Phonics Play.

We use a range of reading schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Songbirds and Floppy's Phonics.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Follows the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a statutory framework that sets standards for development, learning and care of children from birth to five.

There are seven areas of learning and development, three prime areas and four specific areas:

Three Prime Areas
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
Four Specific Areas
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
Children engage in a range of 'child initiated activities' (things they have chosen to do) and 'focused practical tasks' (activities undertaken with an adult). During these activities and tasks, children are observed and these inform staff judgements and next steps.

Children always have access to the inside and outside classroom.

The children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of their time in Sunflower Class. See these Goals HERE...