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National Curriculum curriculum

Since September 2014 the New National Curriculum is now being taught in all maintained primary schools. Exciting school trips are also planned, which all children attend, to enhance our pupils’ curriculum knowledge and understanding, as well as develop their independence and PSHE skills.

Recent trips from September 2017-18 included visits to the Natural History Museum, Rye Meads nature reserve, the Stevenage Fire Station, Pizza Express workshop, Junk modelling workshops at Barnwell School and high ropes activities at Westmill Farm: A residential trip for year 5 and 6 takes place every year.

Click on this link to view the framework document.

To see an overview of the National Curriculum for years 1 to 6 click here

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See how we teach Phonics and Reading at Benington C of E Primary School - Click here

Spoken Language

The objectives for Spoken Language are common across Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1-6).


• listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers

• ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge

• use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary

• articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions

• give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.

• maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

• use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas

• speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English

• participate in discussions, presentations, performances, roleplay/improvisations and debates

• gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)

• consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others

• select and use appropriate registers for effective communication

To see the full new English Curriculum click here

To see our English Policy click here

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MATHEMATICS mathematics

Here at Benington C of E Primary School we are dedicated to providing children with a rich and meaningful mathematics education. Teachers ensure that pupils are motivated and engaged and whenever possible link maths learning to a real life context. Children of all abilities are challenged and encouraged to be independent learners as well as to be inquisitive and to think 'outside the box'.

In a recent pupil meeting, children have been quoted as saying 'we love maths', 'our maths is fun when we have all the resources out' and 'I love choosing a hard challenge because it makes me really think'.


The Year One Learner


The Year Three Learner

The Year Five Learner

The Year Two Learner

The Year Four Learner

The Year Six Learner

To see the full new Mathematics Curriculum click here

To see our Mathematics Policy click here

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To see our RE Policy click here

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SCIENCE science

We follow the new National Curriculum units and we supplement this with planning from the Rising Stars scheme of work. Science in Early Years and at Key Stage 1 has a significant focus on the natural world and seasonal changes. At Key Stage 2 it becomes more theoretical and, by year 6, also includes the study of work by famous scientists. At all stages, science will allow children to plan and carry out their own investigations. We plan a discrete unit of science each half term, which we try to link to our Creative Curriculum unit wherever possible. Science is taught as a discrete lesson from Year 1 upwards and children have science lessons each week. Science is planned, taught and evaluated by class teachers, although we regularly invite visiting specialists to support what is delivered in class by teachers.


To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the Science Curriculum click here.

To see our Science Policy click here


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HISTORY history

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the History Curriculum click here.

To see our Creative Curriculum Policy click here

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GEOGRAPHY geography

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the Geography Curriculum click here.

To see our Creative Curriculum Policy click here

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COMPUTING computing

At Benington C of E Primary School, we have adopted the Herts for Learning Primary Computing Scheme which provides a creative approach to delivering Computing from the EYFS to Year 6 and is fully aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing. It supports the teaching and the development of computing and builds computer science capability for current and future learning.  To support the pupils' learning the school and our PTFA has purchased thirty new laptops and iPads.  Our pupils use these across the curriculum.
A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computation thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.   The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.  Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.  Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the further workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 1 and 2
Our children will be taught to:

The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 3 to 6
Our children will be taught to:

To see our Computing Policy click here

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FRENCH french

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures.  A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.  The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing.  It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.  Language teaching should provide the foundations for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

At Benington the pupils are taught French in Key Stage Two.  We are very fortunate in having a native French speaker who teaches years 3 and 4.

To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the Foreign Languages Curriculum click here

To see our Modern Foreign Languages Policy click here

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MUSIC music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.  A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.  As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Benington are proud of the music at our school and encourage pupils to participate in extra curricular activities.  Recently our choir performed in St Peter’s Church on Mothering Sunday where we regularly perform.

To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the Music Curriculum click here

To see our Creative Curriculum Policy click here

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ART & DESIGN art_and_design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.  A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.  They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  At Benington, pupils learn art and design linked to current topics and during whole day events in school.

To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the Art and Design Curriculum click here.

To see our Creative Curriculum Policy click here

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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY design and technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the Design and Technology Curriculum click here.

To see our Creative Curriculum Policy click here


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A high-quality physical education inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.  It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.  Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

We follow guidance from the National Curriculum to ensure each child has a broad experience of physical activity throughout their primary years.  Each class has two hours of PE a week.  One session is taught by a sports coach (with the class teacher observing to enhance knowledge and understanding of high quality PE) and the other is taught by the class teacher.  Our sports coach plans their lessons but is in liaison with the PE leader and feedback is given to the class teacher after every session.  The class teacher plans their own lessons which are linked to topics and monitored by the PE leader. Assessments are carried out during and at the end of each half term and recorded.  The children peer and self-assess their learning and where possible are encouraged to create their own next steps in learning.

Sports funding (provided by the government) has helped increase the PE and sports we can offer. Pupils  are encouraged to attend extra curriculum sports clubs including: football, netball, athletics, gymnastics and streetdance. We participate in many sports  tournaments including boules and flag football.

To see the Department of Education's Statutory Guidance on the P.E. Curriculum click here.

To see our PE Policy click here

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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.  PSHE links closely with the values programme in our school.  All of these support our social, moral, cultural and spiritual (SMCS) education.  At Benington we have created our own programme to equip our pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions, whilst respecting others beliefs.

Our pupils learn British Values - democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.  An example of this is at the beginning of the school year all pupils create a set of rules that they all agree with.  Other examples are found across the curriculum, particularly within PSHE lessons.

To see our PSHE Policy click here

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