Curriculum Overview


At Waverley Academy we provide an exciting curriculum that is broad, balanced and fully inclusive, that inspires and engages all children to learn.

The long term plan is based on a 2 year cycle that is continually developed and modified appropriately to reflect any national or trust based developments, or to reflect identified school needs; flexibility is encouraged to maximise the interest and motivation of different children and teachers.

Objectives for all National Curriculum subjects are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum; they have been purposefully allocated to year group cycles to ensure there is sufficient coverage and progression across the school.

All year groups choose a theme based on either history, geography or science as an initial stimulus for learning. Units of learning are then identified and combine objectives from across the whole curriculum. Skills and knowledge are then taught and applied in a carefully thought out journey towards a clear outcome; promoting children to be engaged by the purpose to learning and enabling them to learn at greater depth and with increasing independence. To support this thematic approach the school use  'Cornerstones' resources as a scaffold and structure. Hooks for learning, purposeful opportunities and creative approaches are used effectively to engage all children.

Specific subjects and basic skills are also taught in isolation where necessary using high quality first teaching and specific intervention when appropriate.

Mathematics objectives are linked to the White Rose Maths Hub and include both the teaching of skills and knowledge and the application of these. Where necessary, additional objectives are taught discretely.

English objectives are planned around different genres of text, linking in appropriate skills and knowledge. These units form the basis of the curriculum units enabling a full focus on the necessary skills. Additional skills such as handwriting, spelling or grammar may also be taught discretely, when necessary.

The teaching of phonics is addressed through our own programmes which is designed to meet the needs of our children. Our aim is to support children to become early readers and writers. We place great emphasis on experience and application and aim to get children making informed spelling choices from an early age.

As well as the teaching of phonics and focussing on reading through the curriculum, the teaching of reading also happens through guided reading and 1:1 individual reading books using a range of published schemes organised into Book Bands.

If you would like to know more about the Curriculum at Waverley Academy, please ask.

Click here to view our Foundation Themes.

Click here to view our Cornerstones Map for KS 1 and 2.

How we teach Reading at Waverley Academy


In Foundation Stage, discrete phonics sessions are taught daily, based on ‘Letters and Sounds.’ Children begin when they join our Nursery, where they are taught listening skills, oral segmenting and blending of familiar words and rhyme.

In Reception, the children build on these skills and are taught to recognise letter sounds and names. They are taught how to blend and segment words into their individual sound patterns and are given daily opportunities to apply these to their reading and writing. They are also taught to recognise, read and spell some high frequency words.

In Key Stage 1, children have a systematic, discrete phonics lesson each day, following Letters and sounds. We use ‘Phonics’ bug’ which is a web based resource providing engaging and interactive activities to enable children to develop their skills. Children are given daily opportunities to practice and apply their skills and are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge in their reading and writing across the curriculum.


In Foundation Stage, reading skills are taught using a wide range of reading materials.  In Nursery, our children learn how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and they begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through daily sharing and discussing stories with adults. We develop their enjoyment of books and aim to ignite a love of reading. They are given opportunities to ‘play’ out the stories they enjoy through role-play, story sacks and small world in the continuous provision

In Reception, children have the opportunity to read individually with an adult and are introduced to the Oxford Reading tree scheme which continues throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth of fiction and non-fiction, provide the resources to develop children into confident readers. Children further develop their enjoyment of reading through use of a reading area within each classroom as well as adult led story sessions and have opportunity to visit the school library and borrow a book to share with family at home.

In Key stage 1 and 2, reading skills continue to be developed using Oxford Reading Tree and a wide range of new fiction and non-fiction titles to suit their individual reading level. To further promote reading for pleasure, each classroom has its own reading area, with a wide range of books including stories, non-fiction and topic related books, where children can freely enjoy. Children’s comprehension skills are developed through whole class shared reading of texts, daily guided reading sessions, individual reading to an adult and independent reading.

All children also have ‘Bug Club’ accounts, providing access to a wide range of reading material suited to individual reading levels. This can be accessed at both home and school.