A New National Curriculum

Assessment has been overhauled in the primary education system. Levels, as teachers knew them, are now gone and have not been replaced with a national system. The Government have given each school the freedom to design their own assessment system within the National Curriculum.

The new National Curriculum, brought in at the start of September 2014, is written so that children have to cover some objectives over the course of a two year period and some objectives over a single year period.

The ethos of the new curriculum is embedding a depth and mastery of the learning objectives. Therefore assessing children's depth of knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge into other contexts is now every school's priority.

Assessment of these objectives is now no longer determined by a central system of levels determined by the Government.

From September 2015 Ecton Village Primary will use the Chris Quigley Curriculum to support the children's learning and ensure that we have full coverage of the National Curriculum. This system uses the Chris Quigley Assessment package which tracks children in 3 levels.

  • Basic Level of Understanding.
  • Advancing Level of Understanding.
  • Deep Level of Understanding.


English is taught every morning. For our younger children this is in the form of phonics. We use the Read, Write, Inc system of phonics. For more information about the way in which we teach phonics please see http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Higher up the school we develop the reading and writing skills of our children in order that they can write fluently and with interesting detail; that they have a highly developed vocabulary and a love of writing. The aim is to have readers with excellent phonic knowledge and skills and children who can read with fluency and accuracy across a wide range of texts across the curriculum. We want to motivate our children to read both for study and for pleasure.


During our daily mathematics lessons we teach a broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics. The children are taught a wide range of mathematical vocabulary and develop a fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques. We want the children to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new and unusual and to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.


Science is taught as part of our thematic curriculum and through this we give the children the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically. We aim to give children confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. We promote a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Additional Subjects

Beyond the core learning of maths and English the children at Ecton Village Primary School follow a thematic curriculum. Each key stage consists of 9 inspiring and exciting cross-curricular themes for teaching the entire geography, history and design technology curriculum.

All themes provide fantastic opportunities for art, writing and using maths as well as covering the national curriculum for science, design technology, geography and history.


The school benefits from a number of networked computers as well as some tablets. All computers have filtered access to the Internet and printing facilities. Children also have opportunities to use both digital cameras and digital camcorders.

Children are taught specific computer skills either in small groups or as a whole class using the latest interactive whiteboard technology. They also have opportunities to consolidate these in their classrooms. ICT is used in school to enhance teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects.

PSHE and Citizenship

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and Citizenship helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives and to become informed and responsible citizens. We aim to engender in our children respect and care for themselves, the school community and the wider world. Through PSHE and Citizenship, the children tackle many issues, such as children's rights and responsibilities, equal opportunities, friendships, keeping healthy and road safety. PSHE and Citizenship is taught as part of the thematic curriculum, but issues are also covered in assemblies.

Religious Education

The school follows the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

The aim of Religious Education at Ecton Village Primary School is that we enable our children to learn about Christianity and other world faiths and in so doing to develop understanding and respect for the beliefs of others. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from religious education.

If you have any concerns in this area please make an appointment to see the Head Teacher to discuss the matter.

For more information about what we cover in each term please see our 'What We Are Learning' page.

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