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Curriculum Maps

We give children a broad and balanced curriculum that provides rich, stimulating learning experiences enhanced through first hand experiences, visits and visitors. We make great use of the local area to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. We provide a curriculum that develops children academically, physically, socially, and spiritually based in a strong Christian foundation.  Our enrichment teachers provide expertise in their field, giving the children the best possible learning experiences.

We use the National Curriculum programmes of study as the basis for the children’s learning. We follow a rolling programme using a topic based approach that links different areas of the curriculum. Each aspect of the subject is then differentiated to meet the needs of the children. We provide a curriculum map each term showing the learning planned in all aspects of the curriculum.

We reflect and review our curriculum topics regularly, ensuring variety and interest for our children. 

KS1 Phonics and Reading Schemes

In KS1 we use the 'Letters and Sounds' Phonics scheme, and a variety of reading schemes including Oxford University Press, Collins and Rigby.  We follow a No Nonsense spelling programme, investigating spelling patterns and rules, and the key words for each yeargroup.  As children move into key stage two, we also use an Accelerated Reader programme to develop comprehension skills and aid in assessment of individual children.  This tests children on books they have been reading.

Spellings Years 1-6

Spelling-support-for-parents (1).pdf

Complex Speed Sounds Chart

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words.109526725.pdf

English Glossary - Explanation of Terminology

Early Reading Strategies 2017.pdf


 Calculation-Policy Jan 2017 

Please click here to view the ways in which we teach calculations.  Although these are shown in year groups, this is a guideline and every child is at a different stage in their own development.  Your child may be a stage further ahead, or may still be relying on methods they have learnt previously.  It is important that children have a breadth of knowledge, therefore, rather than moving ahead to the next year group, they may broaden their knowledge and skills in other ways, for example through problem solving, missing number calcualtions or investigations. 

Spring Term Learning Maps:


  • Learning Map


  • Learning Map






Curriculum Enhancement

  • P.E. Multi-skills / Alternative Sports - Primary Sports  
  • Drama/Music - Mrs Pearse
  • Art/DT - Mrs Bowie
  • French - Mrs Sutteridge


Please contact us if you have any questions or worries about SATs in year 2 or year 6.  Some information is available here.



Thank you for your patience during the school closure.

We will reschedule Celebration Worship in due course.

Teddy Bear Outing

19 Mar 2018

Robins' Class visited the Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester this week.  They took their furry friends along to meet the veterans, and thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the park as well.  Well done Robins!...

Spring Concert

19 Mar 2018

What a superb musical extravaganza the Spring Concert was.  The show featured performances by all year groups on violins, cornets, guitars, ukeles, piano and more!  Along with some fantastic solo sing...

Thrills at the Theatre

14 Mar 2018

Herons' Class went to watch Wicked.  Swallows' and Kingfishers' Classes went to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, picking up tips for their upcoming production!  All classes were commended for...

PTFA Springo Bingo

12 Mar 2018

Thank you to all parents and children who came to support the PTFA on Friday at Springo Bingo. We raised £125 which will go towards this years fundraising cause of Enrichment which will benefit all ch...

South Africa- helping where we can

28 Feb 2018

In February, we were asked if we might donate some exercise books to a school in Cape Town, South Africa.   Mrs


10 Jan 2018

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Happy New Year

04 Jan 2018

Happy New Year to all Pupils, Parents and Carers of Mrs Ethelston’s,There will be no newsletter this week as we have had such a short week.Clubs will commence from 15th January. The new clubs list wil...

Carols round the Tree

15 Dec 2017

Many thanks to all the parents that joined us for our last event this year - Carols round the Tree, and many thanks to Irve Davis-Griffiths.

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

15 Dec 2017

Thank you to everyone for taking part in our Christmas Jumper Day.  We raised over £110 for Save the Children.

B Sharp at The Hub

05 Dec 2017

Well done to all the Mrs E's children that took part in the B Sharp 'Out of the Box' on Friday evening.  A fantastic performance at the Hub and also lovely to see some old pupils performing too.

Uplyme Village Hall Christmas Fayre

04 Dec 2017

Thank you to the members of Mrs Ethelston's Choir that performed at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday.  There will be another chance to hear them sing at the Carols by Candlelight on 14th December in Ch...

Sports' Day

18 Jul 2017

Thank you so much to everyone for the tremendous support for Sports' day today.  Special thanks to the staff and helpers, particularly to Mrs Timbrell for the hours of organisation.  These events are...

Owls' Class

18 Jul 2017

Year 5 have been learning about the Olympics.  We learnt how to compete in the long jump (which is different to today) and will be writing explanation text to explain how to be successful!

Year 6 Kenway Cup Tournament, Colfox

18 Jul 2017

Thankfully the rain held off, which enabled the football team to attend Colfox Academy for Kenway Cup knockout tournament.  Well done to them for battling against some very good teams and showing good...

Spring Concert

18 Jul 2017

This week we enjoyed a fantastic Spring Concert at the church.  These occasions make me so very proud of the children, staff and school.  The contributions were stunning and to quote a parent, who sum...

Swimmers Support Superbly!

18 Jul 2017

Well done to all our swimmers who travelled to Dorchester Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre on Friday.  The team supported each other magnificently at quite an overwhelming event!  We are proud of you for...