Keelby Primary Academy Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which can be found by clicking this LINK. We have developed our curriculum to ensure we not only meet but exceed the requirements of the national curriculum in providing our pupils with a knowledge-rich education to ensure their success as they move into KS3. The National Curriculum document shows the statutory objectives for the knowledge, skills and understanding that we teach at Keelby Primary Academy from Year 1 to Year 6.

At Keelby Primary Academy we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.

Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world. The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years. We make use of knowledge organisers (which are sent home regularly) to ensure children know exactly which information is expected to be learned over the course of their study in a particular subject. One of the central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both "interesting and interested". We want them to be 'interesting' to talk to, because they know a great deal about the world and 'interested' in finding out more. We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know the easier it is for them to know more. This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum. Parents can support this work through quizzing children on the knowledge organisers according to the revision schedule provided on the back.

In each year group, the following subjects are taught each day:

  • English
  • Mathematics

These subjects are taught each week:

  • Science
  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • PSHE

The rest of the curriculum time is blocked into knowledge-rich enquiry topics based around the following subjects:

  • History (Autumn 1 and Summer 1)
  • RE (Autumn 2)
  • Geography (Spring 1)
  • Art (Spring 2)
  • Reflect and Review (Summer 2)

More details about how each subject is taught and educational philosophy that underpins this can be found on the subject specific page. For a year-by-year breakdown, you can visit each year group's page. 

A 3D Curriculum

Our school's  curriculum model is that of a '3D Curriculum'. This focuses on making links between different topics and year groups rather than studying topics in isolation. There are three main types of link:

  • Vertical Links: within a subject over the years
  • Horizontal Links: between subjects in a year
  • Diagonal Links: between year groups AND subjects

More information about our curriculum can be obtatined by clicking on the individual subject tabs. For printed copies of documents, or to discuss our curriculum, please contact school and ask for Mrs Atkin who is the Principal and Curriculum Leader.

Curriculum Documents

Keelby Learning Showcase


We use the ‘Mastery Maths’ approach and the White Rose Maths Hub plans across school to ensure that there is appropriate breadth and depth in our maths curriculum.  Pupils have lots of opportunities to practise the basic skills and memorise key number facts such as number bonds and times tables to help them develop greater fluency and reasoning in their mathematical development.  There are also many opportunities for children to develop their mathematical reasoning and problem solving.  

Maths Documents


In English we teach a broad curriculum covering reading, writing, grammar and oracy.  We use CLPE ‘ Power of Reading’ and have a curriculum of high quality texts which are used throughout school that builds children's knowledge of literature and their reading ability in a structured way. We study a range of modern and classic fiction. We follow an approach to the teaching of writing called 'The Write Stuff'. This has been implemented throughout school with the purpose of providing a clear structure to writing for all children and ultimately lead to a significant quality writing. Children are given a reading book to take home each week and it is helpful if parents can support children to make a brief comment in their reading record to let us know how they are getting on with their reading at home.  We expect children to read at least five times per week during term time and bring their reading books into school everyday. Developing confident early readers is one of our school priorities and we greatly appreciate parental support in this area.

English Documents


We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme to ensure children develop their phonic skills in a coherent and systematic way. There is direct teaching of phonics using this programme from Foundation Stage upwards. Children in KS2 receive additional small group phonics teaching if they have not made the expected standard by the end of KS1.  Children take home a phonically decodable book matched closely to their phonic phase every night.  It is one of our school priorities to ensure that all children develop confidence in phonics to enable them to become fluent early readers. We greatly appreciate parental support in this area and encourage parents to read the phonically decodable books with their child regularly.

Phonics Documents

At Keelby, CLPE Power of Reading is at the heart of our English curriculum. Our aim is to foster a love of books in every classroom as we strive to become a school where children read for pleasure.

Children will have a lifelong love of reading and become fluent and confident readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to access learning across all areas of the curriculum.


Reading Documents

At Keelby, all writing is purposeful and valued. We aim to develop children as writers, who see themselves as writers and have a positive attitude towards writing. Writing is a complicated and intricate process, to enable a child to become a writer you have given them a voice, supported them to communicate and provided them with a skill that is vital for all of their schooling and in their life beyond. 

We use a range of creative teaching approaches to writing including 'The Write Stuff'' approach which provides children with a clear structure for writing but still has their own imagingation and experiences at the heart of the writing process.


At Keelby, our intent is to enable children to write legibly, fluently and comfortably. We follow the 'Letter Join' for Handwriting programme from EYFS to Year 6. Letter Join is a practical, active learning approach that supports the delivery of handwriting teaching. 

Writing Documents

At Keelby, we are committed to broadening our children's vocabulary from EYFS throughout the ir time at our school. 

We are a vocabulary rich school and this is evident through way we explicitly teach vocabluary at Keelby. We take every opportunity to explore new words, recognising that a broad vocabulary is vital to fluent, accurate and confident expression in both speech and writing. Please click the tab below to access our vocabulary at Keelby document.


Vocabulary Documents

At Keelby our Science curriculum is designed to develop curiosity and fascination about the world and its people and develop a greater understanding of scientific concepts. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. The essential scientific knowledge has been carefully sequenced to ensure it builds within a year, across years and across subjects. Children investigate a range of scientific concepts and explore the work of scientists throughout their time at Keelby. Science should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for science; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary and for the children to develop a love of science. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the natural and man-made world and a respect for the environment that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This include the lesson they complete in the classroom but also the other experiences they are offered, such as educational visits and enrichment days.

The aims of teaching science in our school are to:

  • Equip children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science, and to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world

  • Develop through practical work the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesizing, and increased use of precise measurement skills and ICT

  • Encourage and enable pupils to offer their own suggestions, and to be creative in their approach to science, devising their own invitations and taking lines of enquiry in a way that interests them

  • Gain enjoyment from their scientific work

  • Enable children to develop their skills of co-operation through working with others, and to encourage where possible, ways for children to explore science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them

  • Teach scientific enquiry through contexts taken from the National Curriculum for science

  • Encourage children to collect relevant evidence and to question outcome and to build resilience to persevere as it is likely they will need to repeat results or will encounter unexpected results that do not support their hypothesis

  • Encourage children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity

  • Stress the need for personal and group safety by the correct usage and storage of resources

  • To critically question the world around them

  • To enable children to appreciate that we do not always know the answers when carrying out scientific enquiry as the world around them is continually changing and developing

  • Equip children with the language to be able to discuss their learning and confidently explain their scientific understanding in small groups

Science Documents

Design Technology

Our Design Technology curriculum is based on the planning provided by the Design and Technology Association. Pupils take part in designing, making and evaluating a range of different projects. These include projects involving mechanisms such as levers and food technology where pupils learn to bake bread and scones. 

Design Technology Documents

STEM Enrichment Documents


We have developed a bespoke knowledge-rich curriculum which gives children access to broad understanding of British and world History. We have a well sequenced programme that builds knowledge and vocabulary in a well thought out way and ensures that learning is remembered for the long term.  We ensure content meets and exceeds the national curriculum. Content is planned so that more difficult abstract concepts are covered in different contexts over time. For example in History children develop an understanding of Monarchy by learning about different Kings and Queens throughout KS1 and 2 to understand hereditary monarchy and a study of the Mayan civilisation which provides a contrasting view of an absolute monarchy.  We have high expectations for what children will know and remember in each subject.

History Documents

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it.


At Keelby our Geography curriculum is designed to develop curiosity and fascination about the world and its people and develop a greater understanding of our pupils place in it. Our curriculum takes in to account the geographical location of the school, the content of the National Curriculum and the current geographical climate to ensure our children have an accurate understanding of the world in which they live. The essential geographical knowledge has been carefully sequenced to ensure it builds within a year, across years and across subjects. Children investigate a range of places (both in Britain and abroad) and a number of Earth’s physical and human processes.

We aim to develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and an accurate understanding of what they are like both in Britain and the wider world
  • A comprehensive understanding of the way in which places are interdependent and interconnected
  • Fluency in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills as well as effective presentation techniques
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings
  • Excellent fieldwork skills and other geographical aptitudes and techniques
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environments
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here


Geography Documents


Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapid changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We feel it is essential for children to become digitally literate in order to thrive in an increasingly changing and fast-paced world.


At Keelby we aim for a high quality computing curriculum which will inspire and enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way. Our curriculum takes in to account the content of the National Curriculum to ensure that our children have an accurate understanding of the progressive and wide array of computing skills necessary to be successful. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to achieve this. The essential knowledge and skills vital to becoming a successful and responsible user of technology has been carefully sequenced to ensure it builds within a year, across years and across subjects. Our pupils will learn knowledge about the physical and digital aspects of computer and network construction; know how to use technology to effectively research and underpin skills which will enable children to create documents and presentations; how to handle a wide array of data; use creative skills in order to create animations and digital media and most vitally gain an understanding of e-safety and the issues surrounding consent, online bullying and leaving a positive digital footprint. We want children to enjoy and love learning about computing by gaining these knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of whole school activities and educational visits.

Via the national curriculum and our progression of skills, we will ensure that all pupils:

  • Confident in using code and can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • When coding, pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Effectively develop and build a wide and varied range of skills in order to apply, analyse and evaluate information that is presented in a variety of ways
  • Able to connect with others responsibly and are competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • Will have the awareness of key issues in computing such as: consent, bullying, plagiarism, copyright and privacy.
  • The ability to think critically about computing and communicate ideas confidently and to a range of audiences
  • A passion for computing and an enthusiastic engagement in learning, which develops their sense of curiosity about the world and technology around them
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality tasks across a variety of computing aspects

Our Computing curriculum and scheme of work which ensures pupils gain a solid grasp of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to move onto further study at KS3.

Computing Document

Art and Design

In art, pupils will learn about some of the most famous pieces of art that have been created and the artists that created them. They will also learn how to produce their own pieces of art in a range of different forms.  We place great emphasis on teaching pupils to draw with a structured drawing programme that builds up children's skills over time. We ensure pupils have lots of chance to practice the basics so that they are able to use their knowledge to create their own pieces of art at the end of a unit of study.

We hold an annual art gallery in school towards the end of the Spring term to enable the children to showcase their fantastic art work.

Art Documents

Physical Education

Our PE curriculum is based around the ‘Primary Steps in PE’ Scheme of work covering Athletics, Games, Dance and Gymnastics. We are supported by NE Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to provide high quality PE for all year groups. 

In FS and KS1 class teachers teach our PE curriculum for two hours each week. 

PE KS1 Documents

Physical Education

Our PE curriculum is based around the ‘Primary Steps in PE’ Scheme of work covering Athletics, Games, Dance and Gymnastics. We are supported by NE Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to provide high quality PE for all year groups. 

In KS2 PE teachers from Caistor Yarbrough Academy, one of our secondary feeder schools, teach PE alonside our own staff. This allows for specialised teaching and coaching to take place across a range of sports and sporting activities. It also enables our children to access interschool workshops and competitions held at the Academy on a regular basis. 

PE KS2 Documents

PE Enrichement Documents


We currently use the well respected Charanga scheme of learning for our music teaching throughout school.  This is a well structured programme of learning that builds pupils knowledge, skills and understanding in music giving them time to study important pieces of music and also to learn how to create music.

Music Documents

Music Enrichment Documents


At Keelby Primary Academy we follow the ‘Discovery’ RE Scheme. The aim is to develop an understanding of different religions and promote tolerance of others. Our teaching often focuses on the key stories from different religions.  If parents have any questions about our RE teaching please ring the school to make an appointment with our RE leader.

RE Documents


We teach the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE curriculum. Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is delivered by Big Talk Education who deliver Growing Up Safe a whole school approach. This takes place during the Summer term, prior to this we provide clear communication to parents about what is taught in RSE lessons. Before the work is completed we invite parents in to discuss the content of the lessons and share any resources that will be used with them. Parents are then given the opportunity to withdraw their children from these lessons if needed.

PHSE Documents

RSHE Documents

EYFS Documents