Curriculum Approach and Subject Specific Information

Through our Christian Faith, we acknowledge our responsibility to all to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school family. We believe in lifelong learning aiming to equip our children to live life today and for tomorrow rooted in Christian love.


Ready, Respectful, Safe.

Together being the best that we can be in mind, body and spirit!


 “In everything, treat others the same way you want them to treat you”

Matthew 7:12


At Middleton Church of England Primary Academy, we work together in a Christian community to be ready to learn, respectful of everyone and safe to flourish. We challenge and support each other to be the best that we can be in mind, body and spirit to achieve more than we ever thought possible.



Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ' live life in all its fullness' by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Christian values at its heart.


It is bespoke to the needs of the pupils at Middleton Church of England Primary Academy, not only by focussing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind set, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.


We are a small rural school, with a constantly evolving curriculum, which responds to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its complex cultures.


Ultimately our curriculum is:

  • a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils;
  • a curriculum that is coherently planned and sequenced;
  • a curriculum that is successfully adapted, designed and developed for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities;
  • a curriculum that is broad and balanced for all pupils



Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across core and foundation subjects, all children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, courageous and creative learners. They will have opportunities to influence their own learning through age appropriate and progressive themes and topics. Effective learning characteristics including being ambitious, reflective and imaginative will drive teaching and learning.



Our children will have a confident set of skills, knowledge, norms and Christian values which can be used to get ahead in education and life more generally. In short, they will learn more, remember more, enjoy more and develop more spiritually, socially and emotionally. Thus enabling them to be ready for their next stage in education.

Reading and Phonics:

We teach phonics based on the Letters and Sounds sequence while incorporating Jolly Phonics actions. We use book banded books to practise and consolidate the skills acquired in phonics. The early stages of the reading scheme have been separated to ensure that we have texts which are completely phonetically decodable. Primarily, these books are Floppy's Phonics from Oxford Reading Tree and Songbirds but we have recently added Dandelion Launchers and Dandelion Readers to our scheme.  For those pupils requiring additional breadth at the same level, we have books within the same band which may not be completely phonetically decodable but remain accessible to those pupils, for example Collins Big Cat books. 

For further detail, please see the documents below.

Phonics Teaching at Middleton

Our New Look Library

Core Vocabulary Booklet EYFS to KS2