All our learning is based on the National Curriculum (2014) Programmes of Study. We use a Creative Curriculum approach, basing all our work for each term on a topic such as Illuminations, Dinosaurs, and Space. The children are able to lead their own learning by contributing ideas during the planning process for each topic, making suggestions about specific things they would like to investigate in more detail. 

Click here to view our overview of topics and subject planning for 2016-17 & 2017-18.

We recognise the importance of children being able to communicate their ideas in a variety of ways. The children learn to do this through developing the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. English teaching takes place daily, where children experience a range of texts for reading and respond to a variety of purposes for writing.

Phonics and Early Reading
We use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics and early reading. All children from Reception to Year 3 spend 30 minutes each day working in small, ability based groups learning and reviewing sounds and letters and engaging in reading activities.

Each class has a daily maths lesson and there is a strong emphasis on developing mental skills. Our younger children work in a very practical way. As they progress through the school more formal methods of written calculation and recording are introduced.

Our policy is to encourage exploration, discovery and understanding of science in a practical way. The work is organized into topics. Older children begin to use their existing knowledge to design tests which investigate new scientific ideas.

ICT is a growing area of learning in our school. We aim to equip our children with the basic skills of word processing, data handling, modelling and control. Children also have controlled access to the internet through the Somerset Intranet. ICT is used as an every-day tool for learning. We have a well equipped ICT suite. Our School Improvement plans include the networking of all classrooms and the use of a digital data projector for teaching throughout the school.


The school is currently working hard to achieve reaccreditation of the e safety award 360Safe.

For more information on e safety and how you can support and protect your children click on the NSPCC links below.

A Parent's Guide to being Share Aware

Your child's online world - A guide for parents

The school's Religious Education policy has been compiled in accordance with the LEA's non-denominational Agreed Syllabus. The policy reflects our Christian tradition but we ensure that the children gain awareness of other world religions and cultures. All parents have the right to withdraw their child from the school's daily collective act of worship, or from Religious Education. If children are withdrawn, they will have alternative supervised work provided for them in another classroom. Any parent wishing to do this should make a written request to the Headteacher.


We learn about people and events in the past that are relevant to the overall topic for each term. Children are given opportunities to explore different sources to find out about the past, and to develop their understanding of how events in the past shape life today. 

We learn about our local area but also develop understanding of the wider world, looking at similarities and differences between localities. 

Our music sessions allow the children to develop a range of skills - listening, responding, playing a variety of instruments, composing and performing. We regularly benefit from a visiting music specialist who works with one class for a term. Children also have the opportunity to learn violin and piano with our peripatetic music teacher (there is a fee payable for this service).

Design and Technology 
Children learn to design, make, test and evaluate products which are linked with the term's topic. They explore different tools, techniques and materials, making connections between existing products and the items they make.

Art and Design
We support children to explore a wide range of artistic materials and techniques, expressing themselves creatively through painting, drawing, and sculpture. They examine and respond to work by artists, and create work inspired by these experiences as well as using their own ideas as starting points. 

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Alongside our main curriculum areas we follow a programme of P.S.H & C.E. Much of this is taught through Circle Time. Throughout school life we foster the children's development as whole people. We believe they should develop positive attitudes and respect for themselves and for others. Health Education is mainly covered by the Science curriculum and develops an understanding of how to keep healthy including avoiding substances which are harmful.

Physical Education 
Children have both indoor and outdoor lessons. The school playing field in the village is used regularly for P.E. and by after school sporting clubs. KS2 children also have swimming lessons in the Spring term. P.E. is an important part of our curriculum and is not optional. For Health and Safety reasons children must be suitably dressed.

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Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6RB
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