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19th - Danceathon for Sport Relief 2018.

21st - Lent Lunches for Year 6 pupils.

22nd - Year 5 Curriculum Enrichment Day at Thirsk School & Sixth Form College.

22nd - County Cross Country Finals at Dalby Forest.

23rd - Ash Class sharing in Collective Worship at 8.55am.

23rd - FOTS Chocolate Tombola.

26th - Parent Consultation Evening, 3.30 - 7pm.

27th - Parent Consultation Evening, 1.30- 5pm.

28th - KS1 Cricket Taster Sessions.

28th - Easter Service at St Columba's Church at 2.15pm.

29th - Topcliffe's Got Talent, 1pm.

29th - School closes for Easter Holidays at 2pm.



16th - Staff Training Day.

17th - School re-opens for Summer Term.

18th - James Lofthouse in for FA Skills coaching (6 week block).

19th - Class and whole school photographs.

19th - Jo Marston from Thirsk School & Sixth Form College in to talk to Year 6 pupils.

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Ash Class will be sharing in Collective Worship this Friday, 23rd March at 8.55am.

The School Curriculum

Our aim is to help our pupils to become self-motivated, independent, persevering children, with lively, enquiring minds who not only have a body of relevant knowledge, but also have a great attitude towards learning.

As teachers we aim to provide an orderly, interesting and stimulating environment which generates within the child:
•    A positive attitude towards school and learning, including a willingness to question, listen and observe, concentrate on the task in hand, work individually and co-operatively, and to learn from successes and mistakes.
•    A sense of self- respect.
•    Caring for other people, respecting and appreciating their feelings, views and capabilities.  This is underpinned by our Christian values.
•    A feeling of security and happiness.

We have high expectations of our children.  Teachers aim to provide opportunities for every child to develop their skills in all areas of the curriculum.

There are three distinct Key Stages in a Primary School:
•    Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Year).
•    Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
•    Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Curriculum Maps 2015/16

Curriculum Map Class 1 (click here for details)

Foundation Subjects Curriculum Map Class 2 (click here for details)

Foundation Subjects Curriculum Map Class 3 (click here for details)

Foundation Subjects Curriculum Map Class 4 (click here for details)

English Curriculum Map Whole School (click here for details)

Maths Curriculum Map Whole School (click here for details)


Maths Policies

Calculations Policy

Additions Policy

Subtraction Policy

Multiplication Policy

Division Policy


Curriculum subjects



The school follows the Primary National Strategy Framework for Literacy, developing speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting skills.  In addition to their timetabled literacy sessions, children are expected to maintain their writing skills throughout other subjects.

Handwriting is given a high profile.  Pupils are taught to form letters correctly in the style of the Nelson script.  Pupils are encouraged to join their letters as soon as they are ready, perfecting their own style in Upper Key Stage Two.

Children are encouraged to write for pleasure and this starts as emergent writing in Foundation Stage.

Phonics has a high profile throughout school.  In Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 there is a daily phonics lesson.  The children are split into groups with either the teacher or a teaching assistant.  Phonics is taught using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’ in Class 1 (Reception) and in Class 2 (Years 1 & 2), the children are taught phonics through the TES Phonics Scheme.

Spelling is linked to phonics and pupils are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at tricky and more challenging words.  When the pupils have mastered phonics, they move on to the North Yorkshire Spelling Programme which focuses on prefixes, suffixes and common letter strings.



The children take home reading books, first to share and then to read which are levelled through colour banding.  The colour that the children are on is chosen by the class teacher and this changes as they progress with their reading.  Topcliffe CE has a wide range of reading schemes and ‘real’ books for children to choose from.  These include Oxford Reading Tree and Tree Tops, Collins Big Cats, Heinemann Story Worlds, New Day, Dorling Kindersley Readers, Barrington Stoke.  School endeavours to replenish books on a yearly basis and will consult with pupils regarding new titles.



The school follows the Primary National Strategy Framework for Mathematics.  Through daily maths lessons, all children learn about counting and understanding number, knowing and using number facts, calculating, understanding shape, measuring and data handling.  Using and applying maths runs through all these strands, giving children opportunities to practise their maths and mental maths skills in everyday and problem-solving situations.
The school has an emphasis on ‘Learning by heart’ and this includes number-bonds, times tables and conversion facts.  These are addressed in school and supported by practise at home.


This is taught through developing scientific enquiry, using skills such as investigating, questioning, predicting, testing, observing, recording and analysing.  Scientific knowledge and understanding is developed through three areas: life and living processes, materials and their properties and physical processes.


Phonics document

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