Our Curriculum

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halstead Community Primary School has developed a Recovery Curriculum. We are committed to ensuring routines, expectations, standards, relationships and values are quickly re-established after lockdown. Our priority is to get the children back on track both emotionally and academically using the Recovery Curriculum.

Our Recovery Curriculum


At Halstead Community Primary School, our Early Years team plan and teach using the following document:

Development Matters

Years 1 to 6 follow the National Curriculum; an in-depth view of which can be found via this link:

Primary National Curriculum


Throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1, we use Read, Write, Inc. to deliver our phonics.

Our English curriculum is taught through a text based approach using the Literacy Tree, supplemented with the school’s own planning.

Our spelling is taught using No-Nonsense Spelling and Sir Linkalot and Scholastic handwriting is used in key stage 1.

Our maths curriculum is taught through a maths mastery approach using White Rose planning.

For our Foundation subjects and some aspects of our English curriculum, we use two year cycles with a topic based curriculum, ProspectUs. See the class pages for their curriculum maps.

Saplings – years 1 and 2

Oak – years 3 and 4

Willow – years 5 and 6

Each year KS1 and KS2 have a whole school topic usually in term 3. The topic changes every year and is decided in September of the academic year. We aim for the topic to be about a current or relevant theme for example the whole topic for 2020 was the Tokyo Olympics and for 2021 the topic was Shakespeare in order for us to expand our regular Shakepeare week.

As our Early Years class is NOT a split year group, it does not use a two year cycle.  See the class page for the curriculum plan.