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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.



We use a program in school called Accelerated Reader.  This program has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect, which you can access outside of school from any computer with an internet connection.  Renaissance Home Connect is fun and easy to use.  It allows you, your child and their teacher to share information about your child's progress in Accelerated Reader.  


To log in to Renaissance Home Connect



you will need the user name and password for your child. 


The new National Curriculum sets out the spelling patterns that should be taught in each year group.  Below are the spelling patterns for each year group, plus lists of frequently used words to learn at Key Stage 2.


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Read Write Ink 

How to say the sounds video


We have introduced BIG Maths this year which we will use alongside Abacus to teach the Maths curriculum.


BIG Maths is a teaching approach that makes progress in maths easy and fun. BIG Maths has been extremely successful both nationally and internationally with thousands of children learning through daily BIG Maths ‘CLIC’ sessions and the weekly ‘Beat That!’ challenges.

Big Maths firstly answers the question, ‘How do we get children properly numerate as they journey through school?’ It provides us with an accurate and simple, but highly effective, framework that guarantees numeracy progress. This framework is known as CLIC (Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation) and is characterised by accurate steps of progression (known as Progress Drives) that make new learning easy and obvious to children by cashing in on the timeless natural laws of Maths.

BIG Maths is therefore a rigorous, systematic and structured approach that provides children with a fun and lively experience as they learn through jingles, songs, games and the BIG Maths characters.


Big Maths puts the child at the
heart of the learning experience.


Don't be surprised if your children come home talking about Clic, Pom, Pim, Squigglesworth or Count Fourways. They will be talking about Big Maths which is being introduced throughout Cumwhinton Primary School.


Big Maths helps children to understand the links between core numeracy (the basic principles that underly all maths) and outer numeracy which is the application of these core principles.


C L I C Sessions



CLIC stands for ‘Counting’, ‘Learn Its’, ‘It’s Nothing New’ and ‘Calculation’. Maths lessons contain each of these elements.



Children will count forwards and backwards in all kinds of steps depending on their level e.g. in 1s, 2s, 3s, 6s or even 25s! When practising counting at home with your child, make sure you go forwards and backwards. Don’t always start at 0 – make sure they can count on from 75 to 106 for example.


‘Learn Its’:

‘Learn Its’ are addition facts and times tables facts. There are 72 Learns Its in total; 36addition Learn Its and 36 multiplication Learn Its. These are facts that children need to learn off by heart, so when they are asked ‘What is 6+4 ?’ they are able to give the answer as quickly as they would be able to tell you their name. As soon as they know 3x5=15 they also know 5x3=15 (This is known as a ‘Switcher’).

It’s Nothing New:

This is the most important aspect of CLIC. It is the way children become successful andproperly numerate. The idea that 5-things and 3-things are always 8-things is a fundamental concept. Once children understand this concept, we can change the ‘thing’ to other units, e.g. ‘tens’, so that 5 tens + 3 tens = 8 tens. Children begin to learn the concept by counting random unit e.g. bananas, aliens, cats etc. It then becomes much easier to use standardmeasures such as ml, m, cm, kg, whilst understanding the underlying number concepts.

At Cumwhinton Primary School we use the Abacus scheme as a framework to structure mathematics across the school. The scheme provides a series of resources for teachers and the children to access online and it outlines a useful progression of skills and knowledge. Problem solving, fluency and reasoning are critical for development as a mathematician and opportunities to use mathematics in real-life situations are planned across the curriculum.



Online Maths Activities

We make a lot of use of online maths games and activities in school.  

 Why not try some of them out and let us know what you think…?

Maths games don't have to be computer-based, though.  There are lots of ways in which you can bring maths to life for your child through simple games and activities.  Whether out shopping, using the context of money to help develop your child's skills, or helping them to better understand measurement when baking. There is always an opportunity for a 'maths moment'.


Why should I play maths games with my child?

Children make progress best as mathematicians when they regularly repeat skills and practise them until they become embedded.  This can be quite a long process sometimes, and so the use of the context of an exciting game or interesting activity can be highly motivating.  


Online homework

Using the Abacus online pupil world with your child

The Abacus pupil world is the place that your child will log into to play maths games, complete interactive activities and access rewards. They earn rewards by completing the games and activities that their teacher has allocated to them. They can also watch pupil videos, which recap key teaching topics. These videos are accompanied by pupil worksheets that help children practice key maths skills.

If you have access to an internet connection, your child can log into the Abacus pupil world at home with their personal login. They can do so via a computer or tablet. Your child’s teacher may give them a login reminder bookmark to keep at home, or in their bookbag, so that they have the information they need to access the pupil world from home.

Logging into the pupil world

The Abacus pupil world is powered by a website called ActiveLearn. To log into the pupil world, your child will need to:

1. Go to

2. Enter their login details and click “Log in”.

Once your child has logged in, they’ll arrive at the Pupil Home. Children can personalise their home screen by choosing a world. The worlds differ depending on key stage but include Race World, Skate World and Future World.


Cumwhinton School Science Coverage and Progression


Year group





Forces – pushes and pulls



Seasonal changes


Keeping healthy/ balanced diets/ teeth


Growing – plants

Minibeast – life cycles

Animals – similarities and differences 


Year 1

Everyday materials


Seasonal changes



Seasonal changes

Animals including humans


Seasonal changes

Year 2

Use of everyday materials



Animals including Humans


              Living things and their habitats


Year 3

Animals including humans.


                                        Forces and Magnets





Year 4



                                          States of Matter



                                        Animals as Humans

Living things and their habitats

Year 5

Forces – Gravity, Air Resistance, Friction, Levers, pulleys, Springs, gears.

Earth and Space

Living things and their Habitats


Animals including Humans

Properties and Changes of Materials

Year 6




Living things and their habitats


Evolution and Inheritance

Animals including humans



Science week poster competition.

Science week poster competition. 1

Professor Brainstorm came to school. He sent electricity through our bodies making a human circuit ! Then he showed us how to move things with static electricity. He made water disappear and a crocodile grow. Finally, we managed to hit a nail into a piece of wood using a BANANA! Everyone enjoyed the show.

Science assembly. April 2016


Following on from Science week 2 teachers from Austin Fryers School came to share some exciting changes.


We made liquids change colour, made flames change colour and set money on fire.Some children also set different gases on fire.


The COMPUTING curriculum replaces the old ICT curriculum.  There is now much more focus on computer coding/programming and sharing and working with others collaboratively.  The computing curriculum is divided into 3 areas:  COMPUTER SCIENCE; DIGITAL LITERACY and INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.




‘Without Geography, you are nowhere’

At Cumwhinton School we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people through an exciting approach to learning. 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. Geographical projects are explored in exciting cross curricular topics throughout the school where children have the opportunity to build their geographical skills. Children will develop their knowledge and understanding, through research, exploration, investigation, fieldwork, questionnaires and surveys and communicate their findings in rich and varied ways.



‘Without History there would be no future’

History is an exciting journey of discovery into the past where children are actively involved in their learning. 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.  We aim to equip pupils so they can ask understanding questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop their own personal views and judgement. At Cumwhinton School we use visits, artefacts, role play, workshops and experts as well as films, books and internet research to bring the past to life.  History is vibrant and relevant, drawing together learning and skills from other all subject areas.  


At Cumwhinton School, we place a great importance on PE and learning about leading healthy lifestyles. 

The National Curriculum states :-


'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 health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character to help to embed values such as fairness and respect. '



What is happening in PE at Cumwhinton School?




EYFS Gymnastics Fun Gym Shapes

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Year 1 Gymnastics Jumping Jacks

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Year 6 Gymnastics

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We have been working with a coach to develop our football skills.

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Year 4 on the field.

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Year 1 performed on the stage at the Sands in this year's U Dance Festival.

Year 1 performed on the stage at the Sands in this year's U Dance Festival. 1
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Year 1 performed on the stage at the Sands in this year's U Dance Festival. 3

Year 5 and 6 have been working with a CCC Cricket Coach

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Art at Cumwhinton School is an important part of the curriculum. As well as it standing out as a subject in its own right, it is also considered to be a significant part of cross curricular learning.


'I am seeking.

I am striving.

I am in it with all my heart.'


Vincent Van Gogh


Cumwhinton School Art Work Gallery


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MESSY DAYS (Moral, Social, Spiritual & Cultural)

'MESSY' DAYS 2017-18 (MSSC - Moral, Social, Spiritual and Cultural Education)