Learning For Life


The school is committed to providing a broad and well-balanced curriculum for all pupils.  Children are encouraged to develop strong moral, spiritual, social and cultural understandings.  They are encouraged to talk with ease and confidence and also to be active listeners.  We know that children who are confident, secure and happy within their surroundings will achieve physically, creatively, socially and academically.

The curriculum incorporates a broad range of subjects under individual topics and themes.  Classroom teachers have introduced topic books this year to allow each pupil the opportunity to develop his/her knowledge - as well as creativity – across a number of subjects linked to a core topic.


Eary Years and Key Stage 1 follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme (see below). Phonics is taught explicitly up to Year 2 and then supports the work in spelling for children in Key Stage 2. Please see below for full curriculum linked to Letters and Sounds.


Pupils are supported through a guided reading programme and are actively encouraged to develop their love of reading both in school and at home.  The development of both fiction and non–fiction writing skills are taught alongside spelling, grammar and comprehension. Opportunities for extended writing are incorporated right through the curriculum.


We place a strong focus on early mathematics and focus on bringing the subject to every child’s level so that all can enjoy learning and experimenting with numbers.  We aim to develop a strong link between what is learned in the classroom and real life applications so that children can be confident to use and apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of contexts, including problem solving.


Our science curriculum is organised around the key curriculum themes and topics.  We use the grounds and many practical activities to encourage natural curiosity and investigation.  We compare and contrast the enviroment around us as children observe changes. Through a questionning approach we implement working scientifically to ensure children have a varied and detailed knowledge.

History & Geography

As with science, these subjects are taught around the key curriculum themes and topics (e.g. Tudor England, The importance of key British Monuments such as Stonehenge and the Impact of Mayan Society in South America ).  Children are encouraged to engage in practical activities to explore the world around them.

Art/Design Technology (DT)

Children develop their artistic skills through drawing and painting; they are also taught a range of 2D and 3D skills which enable them to design their own projects.

Information Technology (IT)

IT is used where appropriate to develop each subject in a cross-curricular fashion.  We have a computer in each classroom and a bank of laptops and tablets for group/class work.  All classrooms have interactive whiteboards.


The Junior classes are taught French once a week.

Physical Education (PE)

Games, gymnastics, dance and swimming are taught with care and enthusiasm by teachers and outside providers who understand the specific needs of young children. 


An appreciation of music is developed through both song and dance.  Children develop their musical skills by using trumpets and learning the recorder. Regular singing assemblies are held and instrumental lessons delivered through Surrey County Arts.

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

The importance of the self, personal well-being and building healthy relationships are firmly embedded in the curriculum.

Religious Education (RE)

We follow the Surrey guidelines for teaching RE.  We value our strong links with the village church and regularly attend special services at St Mary Magdalen at Christmas, Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday, in addition to our regular school assemblies.

SMSC & British Values

SMSC stands for Spiritual. Moral, Social and Cultural education.  The SMSC curriculum at RIpley is very high profile, with every child taking part in weekly discussions on a range of themes.  SMSC is also embedded into each curriculum area and is covered through extra activities such as school trips and clubs.  The aim of the SMSC curriculum is to prepare each child for life in modern Britain.

Educational Visits

Visits (including to Wisley Gardens, Painshill Park, Stonehenge), visitors and residential trips provide important extensions for learning.  Two residential trips are offered to children during their time at the school, in years 4 (three nights) and 6 (four nights) respectively.

Please see attached documents below that outline and support the curriculum.

  1. SPAG glossary of terms
  2. Letters and Sounds for Phonics
  3. Phonics Curriculum Letters & Sounds