Curriculum Overview

The document below shows the topics taught across Years 1 to 6 for the whole school year:

The children also enjoy the following educational visits and experiences during the year:

For more detailed information on what the children will be learning each term, also see their termly Creative Curriculum Maps on their respective year group page:


At Arden we try to promote the joys of reading! We endeavour to share our love of reading as adults, and encourage the children to read an increasingly wide-range of authors and genres and to dip into more challenging texts to explore new worlds... the worlds created by the best children’s authors.

So why do we believe reading is so important for our children?

'Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance... Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background." Pearson UK (a British multinational publishing and education company)

Reading Displays

To encourage a love of reading, In November 2017 we thought about our school environment and how we can use it to invite our children to explore the exciting worlds opened up by books. As a result, we have linked most of our display boards along the school corridors and shared reading rooms to reading. Take a look at some of our imaginative displays which we hope will help our children to develop a genuine love of books and reading.


Reading Inspire Workshops

Throughout the school year 2017/18 we have invited parents in every year group to attend a Reading Inspire Workshop to share ideas on how to encourage children to read and to enjoy reading. Parents can make a huge difference through reading together at home, sharing and enjoying a book together.

Experts say that parents are 'the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers', so reading for just a few minutes a day is incredibly valuable. It is hoped that the Inspire Workshops have given parents ideas on how they can help their children with reading.

Why Reading is so Important

The website below includes a downloadable 'Enjoy Reading Guide for Parents' that contains lots of useful tips.

Reading Vipers

These two documents have information about improving pupils' key reading skills:


The development of a child’s phonic knowledge and their ability to use and apply this knowledge to words and texts is a key factor in the process of creating confident, fluent readers.

The document below explains more about phonics is taught at our school: