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At Furneux Pelham C of E School our aim is to encourage all children to reach the highest standard possible in all that they do by providing them with the necessary skills and attitudes that will enable them to continue their education with high self-esteem and personal confidence.

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Our Curriculum

The curriculum is the totality of pupils’ learning experiences. The curriculum we offer at Furneux Pelham School is balanced, relevant and inclusive and is bespoke to our school.  It is designed specifically to meet the needs of all our pupils. We ensure the children have a range of engaging learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking, learning, personal growth and development. Our curriculum is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum. These can be found on the National Curriculum website, click here to visit >

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Our curriculum is driven by three drivers: 

  • Broadening Horizons 
  • Celebrating Diversity 
  • The Great Outdoors.   

These areas are planned for specifically within our long term plans and drive teaching and learning. 

The pupils at our school are offered a very wide range of experiences to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.  Skills, attitudes and values are developed to prepare the children for the next stage of learning (key stage 1 and 2 ready and secondary-ready), and enable them to be successful in the community. 

We believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement, opportunities to talk both imaginatively, expressively and to explain and clarify thinking. We make meaningful connections across subjects. The school expects everyone to develop and show a sense of responsibility and self-discipline whether alone, together, at work or at play, and to support policies on equal opportunities. 

We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern-day Britain. We teach much of the curriculum content through cross-curricular topics. With mixed-age classes, to ensure no child misses out on content or repeats it unnecessarily, our curriculum is arranged on a two-year rolling programme. For more detail please click on the links below. 

Year 1/2 Long Term Plan (A Year)

Year 1/2 Long Term Plan (B Year)

Year 3/4 Long Term Plan (A Year)

Year 3/4 Long Term Plan (B Year)

Year 5/6 Long Term Plan (A Year)

Year 5/6 Long Term Plan (B Year)

If you would like more information on our curriculum please contact the school office on and they will pass your query to the relevant person.

Reading & Phonics

We teach Phonics from Reception to Year 3 using Little Wandle. The teaching of Phonics involves a daily session for all children in Reception and Year 1 and the sessions are rigorous and systematic in style. For children in Reception, Year 1 and some of Year 2, reading is taught in groups using the Little Wandle approach. Sessions occur three times a week, focusing on the same text. The sessions follow a rigorous format of decoding the book in the first session, followed by teaching how to read with prosody (expression and intonation to aid overall fluency) and finally, a session focusing on comprehension. The school shows fidelity to Little Wandle in the teaching of phonics across the school.


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