Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School


Alpington and Bergh Apton CE VA Primary School

Our curriculum


The national curriculum is the starting point for learning.  As the children progress through the school, they gain knowledge and skills across the full range of National Curriculum subjects.  Learning is organised into themes, or topics, which provide a context and a purpose for learning.  Meaningful links and connections are planned between subjects to bring learning alive.  Building on the essential elements within the National Curriculum, topics are tailored to the needs of specific cohorts of children and are designed to specifically meet the needs of Alpington Children in 2020.

Creativity is at the heart of our curriculum and we believe it is important to define what we mean when we talk about “creativity” in our learning.  Opportunities are planned across all areas of learning for children to;

  • Make their own links and connections
  • Express themselves in a range of different ways using words, pictures, sounds, their bodies and technology
  • Innovate by having their own ideas, thinking about something differently or creating something of their own design

Threaded through the curriculum are the positive attitudes and behaviours for learning that enable children to flourish at Alpington, at home and as part of the wider community.  Courage, empathy, curiosity, aspiration, resilience and thoughtfulness shine through our children and this is the best evidence of our curriculum in action.

Our curriculum and ethos promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

Our curriculum ensures that children develop the essential skills they need to thrive for the next stage of their education.  Reading forms a core part of our curriculum offer and is central to learning across other subjects.  The children love reading and enjoy the wide variety of books on offer.  Our Maths curriculum is carefully planned to ensure children have a sound understanding of number and can apply their learning in different contexts.  We have a focus on  fluency in mental maths which ensures that children have key information at their fingertips when solving problems.

Our pupils achieve extremely well, making good progress. Our assessment results show that standards in reading, writing and mathematics are high compared to all schools both nationally and locally.

The word “curriculum” at Alpington includes all the planned learning opportunities that happen in school from maths and phonics to collective worship, from outdoor learning to after school clubs, from learning about friendships to school visits and residential trips.  Our curriculum is a pathway of opportunities and experiences which enable our children to “let their lights shine”.  Click here for our curriculum pathway.

Pathway for Alpington

The experiences and opportunities along the path are not in chronological order.  The children experience all theses things in different ways, appropriate to their age,  as they progress through the school.

Class Structure

We have five classes (Robins, Kingfishers, Swallows, Owls and Eagles) in the school covering Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and 2.

Keystage 1

2019-2020 – Robins (mixed YR and Y1) and Kingfishers (mixed Y1 and Y2)

Keystage 2

2020 – 2021 – Swallows (year 3 and 4)  Owls (year 4 and 5) and Eagles (Y6).

Please see our class pages for curriculum information for each class for this term.

Useful information for parents of children with SEN can be found here

The table below shows subjects studied. Click on each subject for more information and policies.





Sex Education


Modern Foreign Languages


Religious Education

History & Geography

Collective Worship

The daily act of Collective Worship is Christian and offers the opportunity of learning about God through music, storytelling, sharing information as well as celebrating individual and whole school success. It takes place each day as either a whole school experience or at other times as a key stage or class based experience. Visitors such as the vicar, the Open Book team and other community members may lead the Collective Worship. The children attend the local parish church to take part in special festivals such as Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter.