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At Mount Pleasant we aim to provide a broad and exciting curriculum for all children. We plan our curriculum to meet the expectations of the National Curriculum but ensure this is relevant to the experiences of our children.

Read more on the National Primary Curriculum website (external link).

English - Reading Curriculum

Each year group plans their curriculum around a core set of quality children's literature. This 'Reading Curriculum' is adapted each year so it is relevant and meets the needs of each cohort of children.

Below is a list of the texts used for the academic year 2017/18. This list is not exclusive and year groups will read several texts by each author as part of their 'class reader' as well as texts by a wide range of authors. Our aim is to expose children to a wide range of texts so that they become avid, fluent and confident readers.

Above all, our aim is promote a love of reading - children who read well, do well.

Year Author Focus Texts
Nursery - Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes
Reception David McKee, Mick Inkpen, Valerie Thomas, Korky Paul, Jill Murphy, Shirley Hughes Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes
Year 1 Julia Donaldson The Gruffalo
  Janet and Allan Ahlberg The Jolly Postman
Year 2 Hans Christian Anderson The Little Mermaid
  Roald Dahl George's Marvellous Medicine
Year 3 Phillip Pulman The Firework Maker's Daughter
  Anne Fine Under a Silver Moon
Year 4 Michael Morpurgo Running Wild
  Ted Hughes The Iron Man
  Cressida Cowell How to Train Your Dragon
Year 5 C.S Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  Berlie Doherty Street Child
  Charles Dickens Oliver Twist
Year 6 Michael Morpurgo War Horse
  Michelle Magorian Goodnight Mister Tom

Phonics and Reading Schemes

The scheme used for Phonics is primarily Letters and Sounds and is supplemented by Jolly Phonics.

The Reading Scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented by a range of books for our Elite Readers.


In mathematics we follow the National Curriculum guidelines. Within the mathematics programmes of study there are several strands:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion (Year 6 only)
  • Algebra (Year 6 only)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry - properties of shape
  • Geometry - position and direction
  • Statistics (from Year 2 onwards)

Our approach to teaching and learning in mathematics follows the White Rose Hub approach. This approach teaches children from an early age how to apply mathematics to real-life problems.

Each topic of mathematics covers three areas:

  • Fluency
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning

Please see our Mathematics Policy in our Policies section for more details. Here you will also find our Calculation Policy and our Calculating with Fractions Policy.

Here are our long-term planning overviews for English and Mathematics:

Curriculum Overviews

Over the year children complete two 'projects'. Each project lasts for one and a half terms. Here are our Curriculum Overviews for Project 2 (February to July). These overviews are linked to the Reading Curriculum texts and cover all Foundation Subjects:

Awards and Badges

The following documents contain expectations that children should achieve by the end of each year:


All documents are in pdf format.