Asby Endowed School

Core Subjects

The core subjects of our curriculum are essential skills that your child will need to develop to prepare them for their future. Emphasis and importance is placed on your child’s development in these key areas.




Speaking and Listening

We want our children to become confident in their communication skills. We encourage them to communicate clearly, describe accurately and to ask questions. We provide lots of opportunities through drama, assemblies, presentation and discussion. It is important to encourage children to develop their listening skills and to enjoy listening in a range of different situations. We ask them to follow instructions, convey messages and follow ideas raised in group discussion with understanding and interest. Speaking and listening encompasses all areas of our curriculum.



We place great emphasis upon reading and provide the children with a range of books and other reading materials to support this. We want them to read fluently and with understanding so that reading becomes a real source of enjoyment and pleasure. We have daily phonics teaching groups in school to encourage them to practise and develop a range of skills. We monitor your child’s progress through an extensive range of available reading material to ensure that they reach their full potential. Each teacher will keep a detailed record of your child’s reading progress and achievement and will set targets with them. We encourage and welcome support from home with the reading process.



Children are encouraged to express themselves by writing in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences. We will develop children’s creativity, imagination, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting through the teaching of writing. We will do this through modelling good practice, using good examples and setting writing targets to aid self-improvement. We give each child the opportunity to discuss and assess their own writing and the work of others.

Handwriting is a skill which can only be improved by constant practice. We have regular handwriting practice sessions and we support the development of this skill across the writing opportunities provided by the curriculum.



Phonics is the knowledge of how the alphabetic sounds work and how these sounds are combined to correspond to the spoken word. Phonemes are the sounds made by blending letters to correspond to the spoken word and graphemes are the written equivalent of the phonemes.


Through Phonics we aim:


  • To deliver a high quality, systematic phonic programme that is fast, focused, frequent and fun.
  • To enable children to start learning phonic knowledge and skills as soon as they begin school with the expectation they will become fluent readers, having secured word building and recognition by the end of Key stage one.
  • To teach the children to apply the skill of blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • To teach the children to apply the skill of segmenting words into phonemes in order to spell words.
  • To ensure that children apply phonic knowledge as their first approach to reading and spelling, even though all words do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • To ensure children are taught tricky words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns.
  • To encourage children to attempt to spell words for themselves, within the range of their phonic knowledge by building an individual repertoire and the confidence and strategies to attempt the unfamiliar.




Mathematics gives confidence and competency with numbers and measures. It can be used to tackle a wide range of practical tasks and real life problems. We are keen to give the children an opportunity to see mathematics as a source of fun and to enable each child to achieve and enjoy the work they do.


The work we provide is carefully structured following New National Curriculum. We match the activities to each group and if appropriate to the individual child. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and other materials are used to support this. We give children a wide range of mathematical activities to facilitate knowledge, skills and understanding in the use of numbers, measures, shape, space and data handling.


We teach children to be confident in recording their work in numeracy in a variety of ways. Both practical and investigative work relating to ‘real life’ problems encourages children to apply their mathematical knowledge. Children work independently and co-operatively with others.


We also place an emphasis on mental maths to encourage quick recall of number facts.





Our work in Science is taught in separate topics. Work throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 covers Scientific Enquiry, Life processes and living things, Materials and their properties, and Physical processes.


We promote ‘hands on’ experiences in our Science curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, explain and make predictions, design investigations, use scientific apparatus properly and draw conclusions. We give children the opportunity to record their work in a variety of ways: pictures, diagrams, charts and graphs.


Through our Science curriculum we promote important thinking and questioning skills.




Computing is taught across the curriculum and is used to promote and enhance learning. A stand-alone computer programming lesson is also taught weekly.


We encourage children from an early age to be confident in using many forms of technology including laptops, ipads, digital cameras, video recording equipment, programmable robots, sensing equipment and digital microscopes.


Both classrooms have interactive plasma screens which are used by individuals and for whole class teaching.