Our Aims for Each Child at Warnham


Our school is surrounded by beautiful fields and woodland and we are delighted that the children can take full advantage of this in their regular Forest School sessions.  They are able to walk from school, with our fully trained forest school leader, Mrs Lunnon, straight into the woods and spend a whole morning or afternoon learning in a woodland environment. If you would like to read more about this, please have a look at our handbook.


All children are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and wherever possible this is integrated into the themed topic along with the foundation subjects. Religious Education is an important area of the curriculum and is taught either through the creative curriculum or as a separate lesson.

These subjects are taught wherever possible within our topics. We follow National Curriculum guidelines, full details can be found HERE.
For Reception Class we follow the EYFS Curriculum guidelines available HERE.


We have a daily phonics session in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 classes following the ‘Song of Sounds’ scheme. This scheme provides a synthetic and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and supports both the development of children’s reading and writing skills. Children in Key Stage 2 also have a daily phonics / spelling session.

Children are taught as a whole class to ensure all children hear, learn and have experience of the phonics programme for their year group. Some children benefit from additional overlearning, consolidation and practise at other times supported by highly skilled adults.

In Key Stage 1, spellings are based on the current weeks teaching and contain both tricky and decodable words.

In Key Stage 2, weekly spellings are linked to the spelling rules and patterns that are being taught in addition to topic words or words that are commonly misspelt.

Parents are key partners in our approach to phonics and spelling and are invited into school during the first academic year to take part in their child’s phonic sessions as well as given guidance on how to support their children at home.

At Warnham CE Primary School our EYFS provision, practise and curriculum reflects the needs of the children in the class.  Our team are quick to respond to the children’s interests and their progress is supported by a passionate and knowledgeable team.  Learning happens through play, experiences, songs and stories both indoors and outside.  The adults learn alongside the children to support thinking, develop knowledge and to support children in taking the next step.

Each day we have an interactive phonics session which carefully builds the skills needed for reading and writing following the Song of Sounds progression.

Our curriculum is based on the seven areas of learning and founded in the four key principles of the EYFS: a unique child, an enabling environment, positive relationships and learning and development.

Progression in the Reception Year 

Early Years Foundation Parents Guide