Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014 – follow this link to the Department of Education website.


The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so all children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. Our school curriculum is the environment in which we operate: it encompasses the National Curriculum plus all the other things which are taught and experienced at Goathland School.  

Our school curriculum is engaging, high quality, inclusive, aspirational and is firmly underpinned by our Vision Statement.  Our children are well supported in their learning so that they become ”confident, ambitious and ready for the world.”

Our school is a member of the Esk Valley Alliance (EVA) and our staff work across 8 similar Esk Valley Core Schools, with each teacher taking responsibility for planning a subject.  We have adapted a shared curriculum plan over a four year rolling programme which meets the challenges of small classes and mixed age groups, and enables us to share good practice, resources, trips and outings and provides an excellent broad and balanced education for our children.  Our curriculum recognises the wealth of opportunities provided by our local area as well as recognising those areas that are challenging due to our locality.

Due to our mixed age classes we have a four year rolling curriculum plan. Below you can find our long term planning and curriculum overview information for most subjects. We do depart from the Esk Valley planning for some subjects, which can be seen by clicking on the links below. 

Year 1 – 2022-23  Key Stage 1       Key Stage 2

Year 2 – 2023-24  Key Stage 1       Key Stage 2

Year 3 – 2024-25  Key Stage 1       Key Stage 2

Year 4 – 2025-26  Key Stage 1       Key Stage 2 


Our Curriculum

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Curriculum Intent: Why is Art important at Goathland School?

Art gives children a means of expression of ideas, feelings etc. and a chance to celebrate similarities and differences. It gives an insight into other cultures and encourages  the ability to express educated opinions and discernment of likes and dislikes, and understand the opinions of others. It places a value on practical skills and high quality creative outcomes.

Subject concepts / threads:

  • Creativity
  • Technique
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Sculpture
    • Print
    • Craft
    • Textiles
    • Digital
  • Evaluating and analysing
  • Historical and Cultural art
  • Artists, craft makers and designers

Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent: Why is DT important at Goathland School?

This subject builds practical, useful skills and helps children to value practical skills, quality product design and making and creative problem-solving. It promotes protecting the environment through thinking about sustaiability and intelligent use of materials, and encourages children to consider the wants and needs of others.

Subject Concepts / Threads

  • Market research
  • Creative design
  • Construction- making – prototypes and products
  • Testing and evaluating
  • Vocabulary

English: Writing, Reading, Phonics

Curriculum Intent: Why is Writing important at Goathland School?

Writing helps children flourish through giving a means of expression and communication. Being able to clearly communicate what you mean, and inform and influence others is as important as writing for pleasure, and can contribute to wellbeing. Children see a wide variety of examples of quality writing and are build a toolkit of skills in handwriting, spelling, grammar and knowledge of text types and audiences that they can use to express themselves for a variety of purposes throughout the whole curriculum.

 Curriculum Intent: Why is Reading important at Goathland School?

We want all children to be readers and for reading to be a “first resort” when looking for information, understanding, entertainment, comfort, or for any of the other reasons why a person may read.  A robust early foundation of decoding and fluency leads to good comprehension of a rapidly increasing variety of texts, meaning that children can critically read and draw meaning from a wide range of written sources, both for learning in school and for their future lives.  Children learn to talk about their reading and articulate their thoughts and feelings about what they have read, making links and showing discernment in their personal tastes.

 Phonics teaching: Read, Write Inc.

Confident, automatic decoding is a firm basis for building fluency and comprehension. All  teachers have the highest expectation that children will become proficient readers by the end of Key Stage 1 through our systematic, consistent implementation of our chosen phonic programme Read, Write Inc. The intent of using this method is to:

  • Deliver a high-quality systematic synthetic phonics programme of proven effectiveness, which is followed with rigour and fidelity so that children are taught consistently to use phonics as the route to reading unknown words.
  • Ensure pace of the phonics programme is maintained so that children become fluent, independent readers by the end of year 1.
  • Ensure children’s reading books show a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences they know to support decoding skills.

Children are regularly assessed and are taught in small groups at their “challenge level” so that they can make the most rapid progress.  If a child is not progressing quickly, they will be offered additional teaching to ensure that a gap does not open up between them and their peers. Our aim is that children complete the RWI scheme as quickly as possible and move on to guided reading lessons.

Click here to find out more information about how your child will be introduced to phonics and how you can help them at home.


This subject gives knowledge and understaning of our local area and the wider world.  It inspires curiosity about other places andraises awareness of local, national & global issues. It shows that the world is a diverse place and thow different cultures live in different ways but with commonality. It helps children understand why we are here and why we live the way we do

Subject concepts / threads

  • Physical
  • Human
  • Locational
  • Place knowledge
  • Geographical skills
  • Vocabulary



Curriculum Intent: Why is History important at Goathland School?

This gives children a sense of place and belonging. It places them in the continuum of life and the diversity of human activity. History helps children understand why we are the way we are and what makes us unique. It promotes curiosity; children can see where they fit into the world and that their actions have impact. They develop awareness that people can make changes in the world and that we can learn from successes and failures.


Subject concepts / threads:


  • Chronology
    • Empire
    • Civilisation
  • Wider world history
    • Continuity and change
    • Cause and consequence
    • Similarity/difference/significance
  • Local history
    • Culture
    • Economy
    • Governance
    • Vocabulary


Curriculum Intent: Why is Computing important at Goathland School?

This subject develops transferrable skills to help move into a changing modern world. It helps children live well together by navigating relationships and using the internet safely. It builds critical thinking skills as children learn to evaluate and respond to information thoughfully.

Subject concepts / threads:

  • Coding
  • Information technology
  • Data handling
  • Vocabulary


Curriculum Intent: Why is Maths important at Goathland School?

We want children to have a confident understanding of the fundementals of maths that will help them to make sense of the world and manage their lives, as well as forming the basis of future learning in maths and other subjects.  Children will develop the skills needed to understand real life situations, interpret and analyse information, assess risk and make informed decisions. They learn to combine their knowledge with creativity to solve reasoning problems and are able to articulate their thinking and consider different ways of doing things. 

We use White Rose mixed age planning throughout school to ensure continuity and progression and to give a good balance of understanding of maths concepts and development of reasoning skills.



Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Intent: Why are Modern Foreign Languages important at Goathland School?

Learning another language gives knowledge and understanding of the wider world. It promotes an understanding of different cultures and helps build children’s identity as a global citizen.

Subject concepts / threads:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Culturual understanding
  • Vocabulary


Curriculum Intent: Why is Music important at Goathland School?

Learning music builds confidence and self awareness, promotes mental and physical wellbeing and gives chidren a means of self-expression.  It gives an insight into other cultures and develops the ability to express educated opinions.

Subject Concepts / Threads

    • Performance
    • Composition
    • Listening and appraising
    • Singing
    • Instrumental
    • Vocabulary


PSHE and Relationships Education

Curriculum Intent: Why is PSHE important at Goathland School?

This subject is essential for helping children understand themselves and to develop safe, healthy relationships and personal wellbeing that will help them flourish in their present and future lives.  Use of the Espresso scheme of work ensures provision of age-appropriate content that increases in complexity and maturity through the year groups, allowing children to build on their skills and understanding each year.

Subject concepts / threads

age-appropriate content that increases in complexity and maturity through the year groups, allowing pupils to build on their skills and understanding each year.

Subject concepts / threads

– Healthy and happy friendships

– Similarities and differences, including protected characteristics

– Caring and responsibility

– Families and committed relationships

-Healthy bodies, healthy minds

– Coping with change



Physical Education

Curriculum Intent: Why is PE important at Goathland School?

This subject gives motivation to be fit and healthy, physically and mentally, and builds confidence. It promotes a willingness to participate, develops team spirit and being part of the community, and promotes sense of identity. It helps children learn how to win and lose well. It helps children appreciate and understand the natural environment.

Subject Concepts / Threads

  • Competence
  • Being active
  • Being healthy
  • Competitive Sports/Activities
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Vocabulary

Reading and Phonics

We use Read Write Inc. as our Phonics and Early Reading Scheme.

Religious Education

Curriculum Intent: Why is RE important at Goathland School?

RE gives children the tools and understanding to form own beliefs and views. It provokes challenging questions about life, spirituality and ethics,  which children learn to answer in an informed and respectful way.  It links children to other cultures and helps develop empathy for other people, cultures and beliefs, helping them to understand and live well with others, wherever they find themselves in the world.

RE is determined locally rather than nationally and our school follows the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. 

Subject Concepts / Threads

Believing (Religious beliefs, teachings, sources; questions about meaning, purpose and truth)

Expressing (Religious and spiritual forms of expression; questions about identity and diversity)

Living (Religious practices and ways of living; questions about values and commitments)


Curriculum Intent: Why is Science important at Goathland School?

This subject is essential for building a knowledge and understanding of the wider world and an understanding of how science can help or hinder.  Knowledge of the work of scientists over time promotes a wide cultural background for scientific ideas and genrates awe and wonder at every day life. Children learn how science can be used creatively to solve problems and develop the ability to assess the quality of scientific evidence, including in the news.

Subject Concepts / Threads

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Scientific Enquiry
  • Science for the future
  • Vocabulary