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Ambergate Primary School Achieve, Believe, Create.




We strive continually at the school to provide learning of the highest quality, which is rooted in a rich curriculum, enabling all pupils to experience a breadth of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. By recognising our own school’s context and nurturing each child’s individual talents, pupils at Ambergate will receive memorable, lifelong learning experiences. The breadth and rigour within our curriculum ensures that all children are able to Achieve, Believe, and Create. 

Our Curriculum 

Our aim is to provide every child with full access to a broad and balanced curriculum so that each individual can achieve their potential, in an atmosphere of collaboration, mutual support and respect. We base our teaching on the following 6 principles of learning (Excellence and Enjoyment 2005 DfES).


  1. We set high expectations and give every child confidence they can succeed.
  2. We establish what learners already know and build on it.
  3. We structure and pace the learning experience to make it challenging and enjoyable.
  4. We will inspire learning through a passion for the subject.
  5. We make individuals active partners in their learning.
  6. We develop learning skills and personal qualities.


Another key tool to help us achieve our aim is our social, moral, spiritual and cultural development provision and our active promotion of British values, which contributes to ensuring that our children are prepared for life in modern Britain.

We recognise the diversity within our school and ensure that British Values are embedded within our curriculum. The teaching of British Values is integrated through the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning that takes place across all curriculum areas. We ensure that the National Curriculum 2014 is met ( NC or primarycurriculum for further details of the National Curriculum)



More details can be found in our policies below:

Subject Specific Information

The teaching of English is structured from the National Curriculum and we use a wide range of materials to enhance the delivery of quality first teaching. We also adopt a cross-curricular approach to literacy, which means that opportunities are taken to make meaningful links with other curriculum areas. For example, this could be writing a set of instructions in Design Technology, or writing a diary entry or letter from a particular character in History. Pupils in Foundation and KS1 are taught phonics, using the Letters and Sounds framework and their attainment and progress is monitored on a tracking grid. Children’s progress in literacy is monitored through termly Pupil Progress Meetings. Subject Leader Mr Allen


The teaching of Maths is structured from the National Curriculum. A range of additional resources, including online resources, are provided to enhance mathematical learning. Significant investment has been made to ensure a plentiful supply of practical equipment to support children’s mathematical learning is available. Children’s progress in numeracy is monitored through termly Pupil Progress Meetings.Subject Leader Mrs. Turner.


The teaching of Science has been planned to ensure that the relevant scientific skills for each year group are taught through a series of topics. Scientific Enquiry is a particularly important element, which is taught throughout the school each term. During Year 6, all areas are revised to ensure that pupils are familiar with each topic in preparation for end of Key Stage Assessments. Subject Leader Mr. Read.


Information Communication Technology (ICT) teaching is structured from the Knowsley Framework for ICT, which ensures a progression of skills as children move through the primary phase. An emphasis is always places upon the meaningful and contextualised application of the children’s skills. Subject Leader Mr Allen


Religious Education is provided by following the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. Through the use of the Syllabus we use RE to enable our pupils to gain insights and knowledge to equip them as responsible members in our society. The Syllabus we follow encourages pupils to discover more about religion and world views on a range of topics. They are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life. Subject Leader Mrs. Williams.


The three fold aims of RE in Derbyshire will ensure that our pupils:

  1. know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise diversity which exists in our society.
  2. can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues
  3. develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views


By following the Agreed Syllabus, RE will contribute to a whole range of school priorities. Their study will promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, as well as enabling them to consider British Values such as tolerance and respect for other who hold different world views.

If you would like to know more about the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus a copy is available for you to read in the school.

An emphasis is given to making work meaningful and adopting a cross-curricular approach wherever possible. In addition to this, children may be taken on visits to see other places of worship and visiting groups and workshops help provide first-hand learning experiences.


Our Foundation Stage is directed by the guidance provided in the EYFS documentation. From 2019, this involves 7 key areas, against which all children are measured on entry – and then throughout Foundation Stage 2. Subject Leader Mrs. Turner.


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered mainly through assemblies and themed weeks, but is also an ongoing theme throughout many lessons, in much the same way that Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural dimensions are regularly explored. Subject Leader Mrs. Williams.


Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is delivered in accordance with our SRE policy (we are currently updating our policy in accordance with the new statutory guidelines). 


Substance Misuse Education is taught mainly through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education training, known as D.A.R.E. This is undertaken during Year 6, usually during the summer term.


Curriculum Enrichment is provided by running a wide range of educational visits and experiences. We regularly take groups of children on educational visits and we equally value the many opportunities we have to welcome visitors into our school.


Through all of this, we aim to provide the children with motivating experiences, through which they will fulfill their potential and be given memories to last a lifetime.







The following foundation subjects have lead teachers, but as a small school we work together as a team to ensure that we provide the best provision that we can for the children. 

PE: Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Robertson

Food Technology: Mrs. Faloon

Modern Foreign Languages: Mrs. Schumann

Forest Schools: Mrs. Myers

Music: Mr. Allen

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Mrs. Williams

Religious Education: Mrs. Williams

History: Mrs Howell

Geography: Mrs Howell

Design and Technology: Mrs Howell

Art and Design: Mrs Howell



In Key Stage 1 we use the Letters and Sounds and Monster Phonics scheme of work.

In EYFS we use the Jolly Phonics scheme of work.



In school we use a book band scheme to ensure that children are reading appropriate texts. 


Year group

(age at end of year)

School Term

Summative Assessment

Book Band


Approx reading age in years



Foundation Stage








Less than

5 years



5 years








(6 yrs)


Yr 1 Commencing





5 – 6 years

Yr 1 Commencing +



Yr 1 Developing


Yr 1 Developing +



Yr 1 Expected


Yr 1 Expected






(7 yrs)



Yr 2 Commencing






6 – 7 years



Yr 2 Developing



Yr 2 Expected








(8 yrs)



Yr 3 Commencing


7 – 8 years



Yr 3 Developing





Yr 3 Expected






(9 yrs)



Yr 4 Commencing





8 – 9 years



Yr 4 Developing



Yr 4 Expected








(10 yrs)



Yr 5 Commencing



9 – 10 years



Yr 5 Developing





Yr 5 Expected







(11 yrs)



Yr 6 Commencing




10 – 11 years



Yr 6 Developing



Yr 6 Expected




Reading Ready for Secondary School


(12 yrs)


Yr 6 Exceeding



11 – 12 years


Yr 6 Exceeding



Yr 6 Exceeding


Topic Overviews

Jigsaw Curriculum

Further Details:

Please contact the school office should you require any further information about our curriculum.

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