The Curriculum

The Curriculum

From September 2017, all island schools will be following The Bailiwick of Guernsey Curriculum.

However, the school’s current curriculum embraces the National Curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS], Key Stage 1 (aged 6-7) and Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) and includes:


Speaking, Listening and Responding, Group discussion and interaction, Drama, Reading and Writing for a range of purposes on paper and on screen including:

  • Word recognition
  • Word structure and spelling
  • Understanding and interpreting texts
  • Engaging with and responding to texts
  • Creating and shaping texts
  • Text structure and organisation
  • Sentence structure and punctuation and presentation

Much of this is theme based under the headings of Narrative, Non-Fiction and Poetry.


  • Using and Applying Mathematics
  • Calculating
  • Counting and understanding number
  • Understanding Shape
  • Knowing and using number facts
  • Measuring
  • Handling Data


  • Scientific enquiry
  • Life Processes and Living Things
  • Materials and their Properties
  • Physical Processes 

Information and Communication Technology

  • Creating Texts, music, sound and pictures
  • Communicating, exchanging, sharing and handling information
  • Controlling, monitoring and modelling
  • Exploring a variety of information sources
  • Revising, modifying and evaluating work
  • Creating multimedia animation and video
  • Data logging


  • Geographical skills
  • (Map/ Atlas work, Digital mapping Fieldwork, sources,)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Places             
  • Our Locality, UK locality, a non-developed locality
  • Thematic Studies
  • Coastlines, Settlements, Environmental change,
  • Sustainability, Recycling, Re-using, World issues
  • Knowledge and Understanding of patterns and processes (physical and human), Cultural diversity,
  • Technological advances

Religious Education

  • Understanding questions of meaning
  • Relationships and values
  • Knowledge and understanding of some of the World Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.


  • Chronology    
  • Historical knowledge and understanding                              
  • Interpretation of History                                                                    
  • Historical Enquiry                                                                                    
  • Organisation and Communication
  • Study Units include;
  • Romans and Celts                                               
  • Life in Tudor times
  • Victorian Britain             
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Britain at War
  • Local History

Art & Design

  • Exploring and developing ideas
  • Investigating and making art, craft and design
  • Evaluating and developing work
  • Knowledge and Understanding of elements, materials, processes and the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers.

Design and Technology

  • Developing, planning and communicating ideas
  • Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products
  • Evaluating processes and products
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and components


  • Performing Skills (Singing and Playing)
  • Composing skills (Creating and developing ideas)
  • Appraising skills (Responding and reviewing)
  • Listening and applying knowledge and understanding

Personal, Social Health and Citizenship Education

  • Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
  • Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle
  • Developing good relationships and respecting the difference between people

Themes to be considered:

  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Family Life Education
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Health related exercises
  • Informed Choices
  • Environmental Aspect of Health Education
  • First Aid
  • Personal Development and Relationships
  • Physiological Aspects of Health Education
  • Sex & Relationships Education
  • Getting it Right Safety

Many groups of people including the PSHCE Advisory Teacher, the Health Promotion Unit, SHARE, Guernsey Police, Guernsey Fire Brigade, SJAB, Alcohol Education, the School Nurse and Dentist support the programmes of study taught in school. 

Physical Education

  • Acquiring and developing skills
  • Selecting and applying skills, tactics and ideas
  • Evaluating and improving performance
  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health through:
  • Athletics, Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Outdoor Activities and Swimming
  • Swimming

Swimming takes place throughout the Summer Term and in the first half of the Autumn Term.  Children must wear swimming caps, which are available to buy from school. Open cuts or sores should be covered with a plaster. As well as an appropriately qualified member of staff, classes must have a second adult helper in attendance and parent helpers are very important in this respect.

If you are interested in helping with swimming lessons, please contact your child’s class teacher.

French [Years 5 and 6 only]

  • Understanding and using French
  • Listening and Responding
  • Speaking
  • Simple reading, writing and responding


The Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and other Senior Teachers lead assemblies on a regular basis throughout the week. Guest speakers are invited to attend across each term, including those from the local churches. Singing assemblies, Class assemblies and Celebration assemblies are also held each week.

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Vale Primary School, Belval Road, Vale, Guernsey, GY3 5LN