Learning and Curriculum


At Lark Hall we acknowledge and celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Born as individuals; ready, able and eager to learn, throughout our lives we continue to grow and develop at different rates and in different ways exhibiting strengths, talents and preferences in some areas while finding others more challenging. Alongside this, we also begin to access learning in different ways.


During the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we look to identify and use these differences, strengths and enthusiasms to promote and progress learning, not only in those areas which the child enjoys and excels but also in those which they turn to less readily, by finding fun links to personal preferences and looking closely at and exploiting the learning style(s) of your child.


In this way we aim to make development and learning in all areas, social as well as academic, something your child wants to do naturally with growing enthusiasm and independence. Children actively reach out to interact with other people and the world around them and we aim to provide a safe, stimulating and enabling environment in which they can interact and form positive relationships. By actively learning through play and exploration, creating, and thinking critically our children will become effective and motivated learners.


In the EYFS there are 7 areas of the curriculum. By offering a full and diverse curriculum we start to give our children the tools they need to succeed and participate successfully in society throughout their lives.


There are 3 PRIME areas of learning which run throughout and underpinning learning in all other areas:

➢ Physical

➢ Communication and Language

➢ Personal, Social and Emotional development


We then introduce 4 SPECIFIC areas developing essential skills and knowledge:

➢ Literacy – reading and writing

➢ Maths

➢ Understanding the world

➢ Expressive and Artistic development


In EYFS and Key Stage 1 we follow the letters and sounds phonics scheme to introduce the children to reading.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 &2) we plan a creative theme based curriculum, and our teachers plan effectively for the needs of all children using skills from the National Curriculum to track coverage. Links are made across areas of learning within a session and ample opportunity provided for independent learning linked to children’s targets.  The children’s interests are used to inform the chosen themes and teachers then work together across a cohort to plan ideas to cover all 7 areas of the curriculum;

➢ Mathematical Understanding

➢ Communication, Language and Literacy

➢ Scientific and Technological Understanding

➢ Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding

➢ Understanding the Arts

➢ Understanding Physical Health and Well Being

➢ Personal & Social Character Development


There are some bespoke daily sessions:

  1. Maths

  2. Guided Reading and Literacy skills

  3. Phonics (EYFS and KS1)


There are some bespoke weekly sessions:

  1. PSCD

  2. MFL

  3. PE



At Lark Hall, we believe in the importance of outdoor learning and understanding of the world. Forest School is a session which children in EYFS, Years 1, 2 and 5 take part in every two weeks. They visit the local parks and outdoor areas to explore the environment. Children need waterproof clothes and wellies for Forest School.



All children have targets appropriate to their age in these areas: maths, reading and writing.  Children are required to use their targets every day so that they know how to improve their learning.



Every term you will receive information about how your child is progressing at school. Parents will receive a copy of their child’s targets to show their progress in reading, writing and maths. You will also receive information about whether your child is working at age related expectations or whether they are above or below the expectations for their age.



Some children may be working below their age related expectations and will need additional help with their learning. We hold intervention sessions to support children with: reading, writing, speech and language, maths, fine motor skills and learning behaviour. These sessions are run by trained support staff or class teachers and are monitored and organised by the school Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO).


If your child is working below their year group expectations they will be part of an intervention group and will have additional targets. Some children with significant needs may be levelled on the P-scale (P Levels). These are the levels used before your child reaches Phase 1.


Children who are on the Gifted and Talented register for their learning or a skill are also supported and given extension activities. We also encourage children to develop their talents by taking part in our school clubs.


If you would like to find out more about the curriculum, please contact the school office for more information.