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.

We have seven classes. We employ a system that divides these classes into three areas: Infants, Lower Juniors and Upper Juniors. In the Infants we operate one Foundation Stage class, one Year 1 and one Year 2 class with thei own class teachers. In the Lower Juniors, we run one Year 3 class and one Year 4 class. The Upper Juniors consist of one Year 5 class and One Year 6 class with their own 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.

Home Learning

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. 

Key Stage One (KS1) 
Year 1 & 2

Key Stage Two (KS2) 
Year 3, 4, 5 & 6


A minimum of 10 minutes daily with an adult (adult to sign in the Reading Record on each occasion), with children being encouraged to re-read books (up to three times).

Y3/4 A minimum of 10 minutes daily with an adult. The adult to sign in the Reading Record on each occasion. Children being encouraged to read books twice.
Y5/6 A minimum of 10 minutes daily at home. Reading records to be signed by an adult daily.

Home Learning 

Given out at the beginning of each half term; tasks are topic related. All home learning is recorded within a home learning book which is taken home.

Home learning may be provided on an individual basis to support specific learning needs. 

Given out at the beginning of each half term; a range of maths, English and topic related tasks. Children choose which tasks they complete according to the criteria given, e.g. two maths tasks, two English tasks and one topic task. Home learning is marked at the end of the theme (end of half term).  All home learning is recorded within a home learning book which is taken home and brought into school on a Friday. 


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.