Our Curriculum

At William Stockton Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes excellence. We aim to foster a life-long love of learning, through delivering a twenty first century education.  A cross-curricular approach to learning through ‘Learning Challenges’ encourages the children to be independent, reflective learners and responsible citizens. We work closely with parents to support children’s learning


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children begin their learning in the EYFS. Children in Nursery and Reception benefit from well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas. Children work with a team of experienced staff.  Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. All children follow the EYFS curriculum at a stage appropriate for their age and development.

Visit the Nursery and Reception class pages to find out more about the EYFS Curriculum. 



National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2

A new National Curriculum was published in September 2014.  This curriculum guides our teaching in Key Stages  and 2.





English skills are taught in daily English lessons at both Key Stages.  The focus is on the teaching of reading and writing with opportunities for children to listen and speak in many different situations across the curriculum. To make writing purposeful and interesting, opportunities are linked with learning across the curriculum.

The enjoyment of books and a love of reading are fostered from the early stages. The children have access to a range of books so that reading skills can progress.

We begin the teaching of phonics at the beginning of the Foundation Stage. This gives children the confidence to attempt writing of their own and as they progress through the school these early strategies help them develop into fluent and confident readers and writers.

In class, reading is taught primarily through a guided group approach in which a group of children share a book together and are guided by the teacher to improve their decoding and comprehension skills.

Drama and role-play allow the children to explore their own feelings, develop speaking and listening skills and learn about the world around them.

In Key Stage 2, children study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, they use different genres for writing and are taught to draft and re-draft before producing their final piece of work.  High expectations in correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence formation are emphasised,



Our children are encouraged and helped to develop a positive attitude to mathematics from their earliest days in school. 

Children are taught to value the importance of mental maths in their mathematical development. Knowledge, understanding and skills to develop numeracy are taught in the daily maths lesson and a wide range of experiences including practical, oral, games, investigations and problem-solving activities are used. 

Maths is used in a wide range of contexts to help children appreciate the purpose and relevance of mathematics in the real world.



Science is essentially a practical subject intended to stimulate pupils’ curiosity about the world around them. Science teaching helps children to develop enquiring minds and equips them with key skills, so that they are increasingly able to research answers to their own questions.

Our Science curriculum is based fundamentally on the principles that Science is good when it:

Is relevant and related to real life, current topics of interest, and means something to us

Allows us to ask lots of questions and develop our vocabulary

Lets us investigate and explore in a practical, hands on and experimental way

Challenges our understanding and encourages us to think about our scientific ideas

Encourages us to apply our knowledge, skills, and understanding at home and at school

Gives us opportunities to work with others

Enables us to use appropriate, high quality resources




Information and communication technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which technology plays a growing part.  Children throughout the school use ICT to support their learning across the curriculum. 



History teaches children about the past.  The children use historical artefacts and first hand experiences e.g. visits, as well as information books to find out about famous people, events and periods in history, beginning with their own past and their family. This work helps children to develop many important skills including:  understanding different points of view, interpreting information from more than one source, evaluating historical information and the ability to learn from past situations.



Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world, using different scales of enquiry to help pupils do this, and it also helps them to view people, places and environments from different perspectives.  It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, atlases and a range of investigative and problem solving skills, both inside and outside the classroom.


Design Technology

Design Technology changes and affects the state of our world and life.  Children are taught to combine their designing and making skills alongside their knowledge and understanding in order to construct products that satisfy needs and challenges.  



In music the children experiment with voice, instruments and composition and become familiar with a variety of musical forms.


Modern Foreign Languages

French is taught in Key Stages 1 and 2, and is used in some of our everyday routines. The children are given opportunities to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We sing songs; learn about France and French culture.



Art gives children an opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation and illustration.  Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media such as pencil, crayon, ink, fabric, wood, clay, paper and plasticine.  Manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension.  Children study the work and techniques of a range of well-known artists and research art forms from other cultures.


Religious Education

Pupils are encouraged to reflect on different beliefs and values particularly through their own experiences.


Physical Education

The PE programme promotes positive attitudes towards an active, healthy lifestyle.  Pupils learn to manage success and failure in co-operative and competitive situations.  We believe that by offering a wide range of activities each child will experience enjoyment in some or all aspects of physical activity.

The children develop skills in movement and co-ordination through watching, listening and experimenting.  They are given the opportunity to be creative and competitive, planning, performing and evaluating their work and the work of others.  All children participate in gymnastics, games and dance activities.  Children in Key Stage 2 are introduced to simplified versions of team games such as tag rugby, football, netball, cricket, rounders and athletics.


PSHE education involves all aspects of school life.  We aim throughout the primary phase to provide a PSHE curriculum that will ensure children grow in confidence and recognise their own worth and the worth of others.  The pupils learn basic rules and skills, in order to help them lead confident, healthy, independent lives.  They learn about their own and other people’s feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of others.  The children are encouraged to take some responsibility for themselves and their environment.


Educational Visits and Activities

We firmly believe that children are helped to learn effectively where they have access to a wide range of first hand experiences. Many of these experiences can be gained from visiting the local and wider environment or by inviting people with unique skills and talents into the school to work with the children.



The home/school partnership begins when your child starts school.  Homework at this stage starts with regular book sharing and homework based tasks which may be simple phonic and number activities.

As children become early readers they are expected to read on a daily basis at home. 

Homework tasks are provided covering different aspects of the curriculum.

Homework provides a very important opportunity for young children to talk about what they are learning to an interested adult, and to practise key skills.





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William Stockton Primary School

Heathfield Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 8DH

0151 3551650

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