The Curriculum at Stakesby Primary Academy

Our curriculum is designed to develop pupils' enquiry. We want our pupils to have a life-long love of learning, with our curriculum giving them the tools, knowledge and understanding to explore the world around them independently as they grow.

We aim for our pupils to be well-prepared for the next stages in their education so we work hard to give them a secure grounding in basic skills, including reading, writing, spelling, grammar, secure mathematical understanding and confidence in the use of ICT. 

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of Stakesby pupils and serves to challenge them to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. At the centre of each half term’s work is a high quality text, chosen specifically to challenge pupils in terms of language and themes.

We also ensure Stakesby pupils are respectful and tolerant members of society, by developing an understanding of different beliefs and cultures; this is reflected in our spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum and is supported by our drivers of commitment, kindness and excellence.

Curriculum Overview 2022-2025

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For further information about the curriculum at Stakesby Primary Academy, contact Mr Jordan Nicholson (Vice Principal; Leader of Learning) or Miss Emma Robson (Principal)


Our current phonics scheme is Essential Letters and Sounds. Pupils from Nursery to Year 2 are taught phonics daily. 

You can help your child to progress by practising their reading at home with the book they have been given. This aligns to the sounds and corresponding graphemes they have been learning at school.

Here is a video which demonstrates how to correctly pronounce all Phase 2 sounds

Here is a video which demonstrates how to correctly pronounce all Phase 3 sounds

We use Project X Hero Academy, Project X Alien Adventures, Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales, Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks and Little Blending Books book series.

Once pupils have successfully completed the phonics programme, they will progress to reading our banded reading scheme books which further challenge them to learn new vocabulary and practise their comprehension skills.

Whole Class Reading

Once pupils’ decoding skills are secure, they will undertake structured comprehension lessons as well as comprehension activities within writing sessions linked to Power of Reading. These sessions will be taught from Years one – six. Pupils will continue to access phonics teaching in Year 3 if their decoding skills are not secure by the end of Key Stage One.

Read more by clicking the Whole Class Reading at Stakesby Primary Academy document below.


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At Stakesby, we use the highest quality texts, linked to foundation topics, as a stimulus for pupils’ writing. This helps them to acquire a wide range of ambitious vocabulary and grammatical structures that they can employ in their own writing. Our aim is for each of our pupils – irrespective of ability, background or individual needs - to write for a range of purposes, with enthusiasm and with a secure understanding of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

Please continue reading within the Writing at Stakesby document below.


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At Stakesby Academy, we approach maths with mastery at the forefront of our approach. We have built a curriculum which promotes a love of maths, computational efficiency and a deep understanding of mechanical maths to ensure our children are inquisitive problem solvers – able to articulate their understanding clearly through reasoning. 

Read more about this within the Maths at Stakesby document below.


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At Stakesby Academy, we approach science with an enquiry based question that our children work to form an answer to. They achieve this using research informed investigations and scientific enquiry to form an understanding and practical knowledge of key scientific areas of biology, chemistry and physics.

Further information is within the Science at Stakesby document below.


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Early Years

At Stakesby we offer an Early Years curriculum that is rich in wonder and memorable experiences.  The Early Years curriculum lays the foundations for our pupils to effectively access learning in Year 1 and beyond. We ensure that all of our children have a broad curriculum with a good balance of adult led and child-initiated activities to  ensure the best outcomes for all pupils. We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. It is our intent that the children who enter our Early Years develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning. That they feel safe and secure and ready to learn.  We are passionate about creating opportunities for children to communicate more easily through developing language and communication skills and specifically teaching vocabulary. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an  individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential.

We provide a stimulating environment that provides exciting opportunities, both indoors and outdoors in promoting challenge, exploration, problem solving, adventure and a real love of learning.

We aim for our children to be confident , resilient and independent, to believe in themselves and interact positively with others.
We endeavour to give the children the Cultural Capital they need for future success i.e. giving each child the best start in life enabling them to fulfil their full potential and achieve future success.

Positive relationships between staff and children, consistent routines and strong relationships with parents are key. We recognise the crucial role that early years education has to play in providing firm foundations so that children become successful learners.

The EYFS Framework

There are seven areas of learning and development that help to shape educational provision in Early Years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. None of the areas of learning can be delivered in isolation from the others. Our children’s learning experiences enable them to develop competency and skills not just academically but also socially, emotionally and physically.

The three prime areas which are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Staff will also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

At Stakesby, we plan learning experiences considering both the children's individual needs and achievements as well as a range of learning experiences that will assist them to make progress. Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage. Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.

Our learning environment is made up of areas which reflect all areas of the curriculum. Here children can make their own choices, encouraging them to play and explore. They can be active learners and are able to create and think critically. We operate an indoor/ outdoor learning experience for our young children. Links are made between both learning environments, to ensure that all children receive a rich and varied curriculum that supports their learning and development.



Our art curriculum offers exposure to relevant artists, designers, sculptors and architects from a range of different eras and backgrounds, allowing children to experience the wider world. We are proud to provide a broad and balanced curriculum covering drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles. Art at Stakesby allows children to work with a variety of median and enables them to express their own style through evaluating the work of others. We aim to influence passion, creativity and excellence. 

More information can be found in the Art at Stakesby document below.


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Our computing curriculum aims to offer a high quality curriculum which will inspire children and develop the necessary skills needed to become digitally literate and retention thrive in an increasingly changing and fast-paced world

Please read more in the Computing at Stakesby document below.


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Design and technology knowledge is far deeper than just remembering facts, it’s creative, practical and allows children the opportunity to solve real and relevant problems, individually and as a team.

To engage and cultivate a whole school ethos of profound understanding, self-confidence and competence in design and technology – with a shared philosophy and pedagogy that produces strong, secure learning; enabling tangible progression for all.

We provide a curriculum which:

  • Encourages all children to have a resilient and determined approach to learning (Growth Mindset).
  • Has unapologetically high expectations of achievement, effort and attitude.
  • Provides a wide range of memorable and purposeful experiences to solidify the process of designing, making and evaluating ideas.
  • Identifies essential learning across all areas of the curriculum for each stage with particular reference to vocabulary, designing, making and evaluating.
  • Focuses on ensuring all children acquire, memorise and apply this learning within real and relevant problem-solving activities.

And so:

  • Draws pupils into learning at a deep and satisfying level through engaging problem- solving activities.
  • Prepares children well for the next stage of learning through mastery of year group objectives.


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At Stakesby Academy, we want to inspire our children to explorethecultureanddiversityaroundtheworld.Language is the key to allowing our children to explore the world. We have chosen to focus on French, opening the possibility of connections with our European neighbours. We follow the Rising Stars French scheme, which incorporates singing, quizzing and conversation development to give children a rounded and immersive experience of French.

More information can be read within the French at Stakesby document below.


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At Stakesby, our aim is to inspire children to become first class globe trotters. To explore the world around them both locally, nationally and internationally. We want them to feel inspired to delve deep into the working mechanisms of their planet, and question how and why it is continually changing.

Please read more in the Geography at Stakesby document below.


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At Stakesby, our aim is to help children become inquisitive and analytical historians. We want to provide them with a wealth of knowledge and evidence that will enable them to examine, explore and draw their own conclusions about the past, present and future. For them to truly understand what has gone before and their place in the world, they need to question what is presented to them to develop a truth that they understand.

More information can be found within the History at Stakesby document below.


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At Stakesby Academy, we ensure children gain a broad and varied cultural experience. One element of this is exposure to a wide range of musical genres which are discussed, analysed Commitment Kindness Excellence composed and performed. Our children experience playing a wide range of musical instruments, composing melodies and beats in context

More information can be read within the Music at Stakesby document below.


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Stakesby promotes the importance of sport and being active as the basis for a healthy body and healthy mind. Sport builds a comradery and features prominently in assemblies where the school’s efforts and successes are celebrated by all, Teaching staff have regular CPD opportunities and there is a significant amount of expertise within the staff team. This enables all learners – irrespective of age, background or individual needs – to succeed to their full potential.

Read more about this within the PE at Stakesby document below.


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We want Stakesby pupils to be successful citizens in modern Britain. Our PSHE curriculum is designed so that learners acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of the world around them in order to help them develop as young citizens. In an ever-changing world, it is important that children are aware, at an age-appropriate level, of different factors that will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these so that they have good mental health and well-being. PSHE plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly RE and Forest School in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.


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At Stakesby, our ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for all children to instigate, test and maintain their curiosity about the world around them. Forest School further enhances the creative, enquiry-based learning that already happens within the classroom. Children develop their emotional intelligence, social skills and self-esteem with a belief of every child’s right to access the outdoors, risk-taking and the reality of the natural world. Through challenge and collaborative working, children are able to build resilience, social skills and develop a sense of self. They will connect with the natural world which is vital for their health - both mental and physical.

Forest Schools

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Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities

Here at Stakesby, we pride ourselves on the large array of free clubs we offer our pupils. Over your child's time here, they are able to take part in football, netball, athletics, cricket, dodgeball, cross country, cooking, photography, travel, film, arts & crafts, construction and homework clubs after school. Other clubs may also be offered.

Pupils in Key Stage 2 go swimming each year at Whitby Leisure Centre.


Every class will use trips and visits to supplement the learning we do here in school.

In Year 4, your child will have the opportunity to take part in our Peat Rigg residential.

In Year 6, your child will have the opportunity to take part in our Edinburgh residential.



At Stakesby we want children to be fascinated and curious about world religions and non-religious traditions. We want to support children to learn in depth knowledge about different religions through teaching key concepts and vocabulary. Our curriculum ensures pupils encounter a breadth of religions to allow children to understand diversity and difference. Children will also gain a depth of understanding as they progress to gain an understanding of the diversity within religions and non-religious traditions.

Please read the RE at Stakesby document below for more information.


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