Our Curriculum

At Thorn Grove pupils follow a bespoke, creative and engaging skills based curriculum where the emphasis is on transferrable skills and a passion for learning.  This is firmly embedded in the new 2014 national curriculum.  

We value the development of the whole child, not just in terms of academic performance, but also the well being and social and emotional development of all our pupils. 

Our Curriculum makes extensive use of the Outdoor Learning Environment.  Each class takes part in weekly activities outside of the classroom.  Children take part in team building, confidence raising, problem solving activities or gardening, planting and harvesting.  

We offer a range of extra-curricular clubs, including  lunchtime clubs run and organised by the children themselves.  This provides a valuable opportunity for pupils to develop their own interests, as well as their leadership skills and collaborative team work.

Click on the Year groups to access the class curriculum overviews




Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Follow this link to our curriculum newsletters to find out more about what your child is learning this term


Maths (all year groups)

At Thorn grove we want to help all children to develop number sense and to have a secure understanding of the concepts that underpin mathematical thinking. This is often referred to as The Mastery Approach. Do find out more, watch theses short videos which will give a taste of some of the strategies we use: No Problem Parent Videos featuring Dr Yeap Ban Har 

Find out more about maths teaching at Thorn Grove by viewing our Maths Parents Evening Powerpoint (January 2018)

The documents below give you an overview of the current maths curriculum. 

Year 1 Curriculum               Year 4 Curriculum

Year 2 Curriculum               Year 5 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum               Year 6 Curriculum

Progression in Calculation

Games for KS1

Tens Frames Deck of Cards


Find an overview of the progression through each strand of maths below:

Addition and Subtraction

Fractions, decimals, percentages

Geometry, position and direction

Geometry properties of shape


Multiplication and Division

Number and Place Value

Ratio and Algebra



The documents below give details about the English curriculum:

Spelling (includes spelling rules and word lists for each year group)

Verb forms ( a helpful explanation of some of the verb forms we teach)

Sentence-non fiction (includes examples of the standard of non-fiction writing expected)

Sentence structure (includes examples of the standard of fiction writing expected)

The links below will take you lists of recommended books for each year group:

Year 1 - recommended books
Year 2 - recommended books

Year 3 - recommended books
Year 4 - recommended books

Year 5 - recommended books



Languages are embraced here at Thorn Grove School and are a compulsory element of the primary curriculum in KS2. We teach French as our main focus and aim to show progression over time in listening, conversation, reading and writing, with a specific focus on pronunciation. We use a scheme of work which has been developed in conjunction with local secondary schools to ensure progression and continuity. Thorn Grove hold a ‘Language Day’ every year, where all our children can embrace intercultural experiences and adopt a love of language and culture.


At Thorn Grove we recognise the importance of neat legible handwriting and carefully presented work. Below is an example of the expected handwriting and presentation used by year 5 and 6. Teachers of younger children use age-appropriate presentation codes adapted from these.

Handwriting example.pdf

Presentation Code Y5 and 6 English.pdf

Presentation Code Y5 and 6 Maths.pdf