Curriculum Statement

The curriculum is what characterises life within The Tarka Federation and therefore it is vital that it is driven by core values and principles. These principles underpin and enhance the National Curriculum, which should be considered the minimum requirement.


At The Tarka Federation, the curriculum is underpinned by:

  • A strong Christian ethos, in which Faith and the “Fruits of the Spirit” are encouraged and celebrated in both learning and social behaviours.
  • The principles of Building Learning Powers, giving the children the language and skills to learn and to understand the learning process.
  • Enquiry, allowing children the opportunity to explore within key themes.
  • Enterprise, ensuring that children have real and purposeful contexts for learning.
  • The Environment, ensuring that learning is relevant to children and incorporating forest school principles
  • The Arts, as a way of both deepening and expressing learning.
  • Core Skills in English and Maths, ensuring that all children have the skills to achieve across the curriculum

Learning Guarantee

All children within The Tarka Federation will be entitled to certain core provision throughout the days, weeks and terms.


  • Daily discrete core skills in English and Maths as outlined in the National Curriculum. These sessions will be purposeful and where possible, linked to learning across the curriculum.
  • Collective worship, the themes of which are incorporated into learning in the classroom
  • Opportunities to access Enhanced Provision, to learn in a range of ways and to make decisions about their learning.
  • Access to a wide range of resources as provided by an enabling learning environment
  • The opportunity to reflect on their learning


  • Access to high quality, stimulating whole-class teaching and learning
  • Access to focused interventions to both support and extend learning in core skills
  • At least one small group guided session with the teacher in reading, writing, handwriting and maths
  • The opportunity to learn in a range of ways: collaboratively, independently, whole class, small group
  • The opportunity to work alongside a range of pupils through flexible groupings
  • Opportunity to celebrate achievements linked to learning powers and Fruits of the Spirit
  • Thematic, enquiry based learning with a hook and consistent “wow factor”, with no theme lasting more than 5 weeks.
  • Creative and quality outcomes
  • Blocked RE topics lasting at least two weeks per term.

Curriculum Overview

Overviews of Skills and Content Taught by National Curriculum Year Groups

Download “Progression of skills EYFS”Progression-of-skills-EYFS.pdf – Downloaded 155 times – 57 KB

Download “Overview of Skills and Content Taught in Year 1 National Curriculum 2014”Overview-of-Skills-and-Content-Taught-in-Year-1-National-Curriculum-2014.pdf – Downloaded 174 times – 353 KB

Download “Overview of Skills and Content Taught in Year 2 National Curriculum 2014”Overview-of-Skills-and-Content-Taught-in-Year-2-National-Curriculum-2014.pdf – Downloaded 159 times – 370 KB

Download “Overview of Skills and Content Taught in Year 3 National Curriculum 2014”Overview-of-Skills-and-Content-Taught-in-Year-3-National-Curriculum-2014.pdf – Downloaded 163 times – 370 KB

Download “Overview of Skills and Content Taught in Year 4 National Curriculum 2014”Overview-of-Skills-and-Content-Taught-in-Year-4-National-Curriculum-2014.pdf – Downloaded 165 times – 365 KB

Download “Overview of Skills and Content Taught in Year 5 National Curriculum 2014”Overview-of-Skills-and-Content-Taught-in-Year-5-National-Curriculum-2014.pdf – Downloaded 153 times – 367 KB

Download “Overview of Skills and Content Taught in Year 6 National Curriculum 2014”Overview-of-Skills-and-Content-Taught-in-Year-6-National-Curriculum-2014.pdf – Downloaded 147 times – 359 KB

Curriculum Overviews - 2017-18

KS1 Amazing Places

KS1 Extreme Weather

KS1 Field to Fork

KS1 Great & Ghastly Events

KS1 Let's Remember

KS2 Balloon Blaster

KS2 Beliefs

KS2 Earthquakes

KS2 Land of Hope & Glory

KS2 The Arts


Curriculum Overviews – 2016-17

Download “Curriculum Mapping 2016-17-Amazing Spaces”Curriculum-mapping-16-17-Amazing-Spaces.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 409 KB

Download “Curriculum Mapping 2016-17 Great Minds”Curriculum-mapping-16-17-Great-Minds.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 483 KB

Download “Curriculum Mapping 2016-17 Incredible Journeys”Curriculum-mapping-16-17-Incredible-Journeys.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 408 KB

Download “Incredible Journeys Y6 Topic Map”Incredible-Journeys-Y6-2.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 583 KB

Download “Class 5 Incredible Journeys Medium Term Planning”Class-5-Incredible-Journeys-Medium-Term-Planning.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 485 KB

Download “Y4 Incredible Journeys Medium Term Planning”Y4-Incredible-Journeys-Medium-Term-Planning.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 480 KB

Download “Class 3 Incredible Journeys Medium Term Planning”Class-3-Incredible-journeys-Medium-Term-Planning.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 477 KB

Download “Incredible Journeys Y2 Topic Map”Incredible-Journeys-Y2.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 567 KB

Download “Year 1 Incredible Journeys Medium Term Planning”Year-1-Incredible-Journeys-Medium-Term-Planning.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 569 KB

Download “Curriculum Mapping 2016-17 Predators”Curriculum-mapping-16-17-Predators.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 412 KB

Download “Curriculum Mapping 2016-17 Tell Me a Story”Curriculum-mapping-16-17-Tell-me-a-story.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 407 KB

Download “Curriculum Mapping 2016-17 Village Fete”Curriculum-mapping-16-17-Village-Fete.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 281 KB

Download “Reception Understanding Christianity Wonderful World - Medium Term Planning”Reception-Understanding-christianity-wonderful-world-Medium-Term-Planning.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 357 KB

Download “Reception The Smartest Giant in Town Topic Map”Reception-The-Smartest-Giant-in-Town-Topic-Map.pdf – Downloaded 1 time – 355 KB

Download “Reception The Three Little Pigs Topic Map”Reception-The-Three-Little-Pigs-Topic-Map.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 346 KB

Download “Reception The Enormous Turnip Topic Map”Reception-The-Enormous-Turnip-Topic-Map.doc – Downloaded 0 times – 47 KB

Download “Reception Understanding Christianity Easter Topic Map”Reception-Understanding-Christianity-Easter-Topic-Map.pdf – Downloaded 0 times – 362 KB

Curriculum Maps – Science

Download “Curriculum Map Science Milestone 1”Curriculum-Map-Science-Milestone-1-Year-A.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 100 KB

Download “Curriculum Map Science Milestone 2”Curriculum-Map-Science-Milestone-2.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 106 KB

Download “Curriculum Map Science Milestone 3”Curriculum-Map-Science-Milestone-3.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 104 KB

Curriculum Maps – History

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Download “Curriculum Map Milestone 2 History”Curriculum-Map-Milestone-2-History.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 95 KB

Download “Curriculum Map Milestone 3 History”Curriculum-Map-Milestone-3-History.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 96 KB

Curriculum Maps – PHSE

Download “Curriculum Map PHSE KS1”Curriculum-Map-PHSE-KS1.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 149 KB

Download “Curriculum Map PSHE Lower KS2”Curriculum-Map-PSHE-Lower-KS2.pdf – Downloaded 3 times – 161 KB

Download “Curriculum Map PHSE Upper KS2”Curriculum-Map-PHSE-Upper-KS2.pdf – Downloaded 2 times – 162 KB

Curriculum Maps – Geography

Download “Geography Curriculum Map Milestone 2&3”Geography-Curriculum-Map-Milestone-23.pdf – Downloaded 3 times – 84 KB