'A diverse school community where everyone is welcomed with open arms.' OFSTED 2020'Pupils thrive in collaborative learning.' OFSTED 2020'Children in the early years are enticed to learn many new things by skilled staff. ' OFSTED 2020'Pupils with complex needs are well cared for.' OFSTED 2020'Exciting learning activities that capture children's interest.' OFSTED 2020'A place of safety and tranquillity for many pupils. Pupils treat each other with respect.' OFSTED 2020


The Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 school curriculum is made up of all statutory elements of the National Curriculum. Please find below an overview of the teaching at The Friars. More detailed information can be found in the specific subject pages.



The school adopts a whole-school reading approach for the majority of situations with the focus being on understanding high-quality texts and extract. Where children require additional support decoding text, this is provided through additional 1:1 and small group work. The school summatively assesses reading using the GL Assessments; NGRT.


In Year 1, children are taught phonics using Read, Write, Inc. Where children require this, they will continue this in subsequent year groups.

The school use Jelly & Bean Phonics books and Project X books



The school plans and teaches writing using ideas from Jane Considine's The Write Stuff. Children learn specific writing skills and apply these to longer pieces of text. The school summatively assesses writing using cluster-developed writing frameworks.



The school uses the White Rose Maths hub plans as a starting point with the focus being on improving children's Concrete, Pictorial & Abstract maths and being able to apply their mathematics skills to a variety of problems and situations. The school summatively assesses maths using the White Rose Maths Hub Tests.


Science & Foundation Subjects

The school plans using the National Curriculum Framework and have provided specific knowledge that all children are expected to learn during units.