The school provides a ‘theme based’ education, based on a skills curriculum, with special emphasis on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy. These are the essential tools upon which will be developed a multitude of learning experiences. All the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum are adhered to for English, Maths, Science, Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, PE and MFL (Modern Foreign Language) with additional time set aside for PSHE and Citizenship. As a whole school we have three key ‘drivers’: ‘Physical and Emotional Well-being’, ‘The Arts’ and ‘Knowledge of the World’. Then each term, the teachers plan together using one of the following subject skills as the driver to determine their theme: History, Geography, a Book, an Artist, Media/Performing arts and Science.

We feel that this approach enables us to balance the delivery of the statutory curriculum with the wider needs of all children. Please see our Curriculum Policy for further information.

At Long Lane Primary learning is:

  • Acquiring, developing and applying knowledge and skills

  • understanding through the combination of applied skills and discovery 

The Governors have made the following statement as their aims for the curriculum regardless of race, sex or special educational needs. 

  • To enable the children to acquire a high standard of knowledge and skills in

    • the use of language, both written and oral

    • mathematics

    • science

    • ICT

  • To develop the ability and desire to build on their knowledge and skills, which includes how to acquire, process and evaluate information.

  • To develop social and emotional skills, that leads to confidence in all forms of communication and empathy towards others.

  • To promote, recognise and celebrate personal achievement.

  • To encourage a sense of personal pride on themselves.

  • To develop opportunities to enable all children to embrace their cultural heritage and play an active role in their school and local community.

  • To promote pupils' spiritual and moral development through making informed individual choices.

As of September 2016, we have seven classes. We employ a system that divides the school into three areas: Infants, Lower Juniors and Upper Juniors. We operate one class per year throughout the school with their own class teachers. Teaching Assistant support is provided according to identified need and availability.


Phonics and Reading Schemes

In key stage 1 we use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. Please see our Phonics and Spellings page for more details.

Shared Learning at Home

It is the normal practice that children will be set tasks to undertake at home. Tasks will vary according to the needs of the child and will not necessarily be written assignments. Shared learning is an integral part of the school’s teaching programme but it is also used to encourage self-discipline and to enable parents to have a direct involvement in their children’s education.

Each term parents or guardians are invited to meet the teachers to discuss their children’s progress and any other matters they wish to cover. A written report is provided for parents at the end of the school year and is sent out in the summer term. There is an opportunity to discuss the contents of the report with the Class Teacher if necessary.