Gillespie Primary School
Gillespie Road, Highbury, London, N5 1LH
T: 020 7226 6840 F: 020 7354 8537
Gillespie Primary School | Our Curriculum
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Our Curriculum

Gillespie follows the National Curriculum for KS1 & KS2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Nursery and Reception.
We ensure that children develop well spiritually, morally, socially and culturally through our curriculum and by participating in the rich life of the school.

We develop a creative approach to teaching subjects in the curriculum to ensure that cross curricular links are made, facilitating deep and meaningful learning for pupils. We provide vibrant additional specialist learning opportunities in Science, Music and PE. Through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) learning and by sharing our ethos and values, children are supported on their journey to become safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults. We want our children to make a positive contribution to British society and to the wider world in which they live.

Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery and Reception)

As recommended for all state schools, Gillespie follows the Foundation Stage curriculum set out by the government. For children in the Nursery and Reception classes, this means a curriculum that is organised into six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development; and creative development.

Some learning is led and structured by adults and some is initiated by children through play and exploration.

National Curriculum for Years 1 – 6

As required for all state schools, Gillespie follows the National Curriculum introduced by the Government in September 2014. The curriculum is divided into two Key Stages- Key Stage 1 for Years 1 & 2 (Infant children) and Key Stage 2 for Years 3-6 (Junior children). Throughout, there are three “core” subjects: English, Maths and Science. Children are also taught what are known as the “foundation” subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. In addition it is the schools statutory duty to teach Religious Education using the agreed syllabus designed by the Local Education Authority. The school also implements the Islington Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which includes Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). The teaching of SRE will become statutory in September 2020.

We use a cross curricular approach across each term to enable children to make natural links between subject areas and deepen their learning. Each class studies an overall topic theme in each term.  We also involve children in deciding and planning aspects of their learning. Please see our Learning Vision.

Children study English for at least 1 hour each day and Maths for at least 1 hour each day. The time spent on other subjects will vary depending on which year they are in. For all subjects, children are taught as a class with work adapted for groups or individuals of different abilities where appropriate. All children and adults have a combination of different learning styles; these usually involve visual, aural and kinaesthetic learning. All children learn by doing as well as by listening and watching. Children also learn by collaborating with others and by working on their own. Our teachers endeavour to create a dynamic learning environment in which pupils have opportunities to learn in all these different ways. We also use modern computer technology across the curriculum to support learning.

All lessons are carefully planned in advance, with the Headteacher overseeing the plans. Subject Coordinators (senior teachers in the school) also monitor the plans to make sure the curriculum is being covered and progress is being made. Teaching across the school is regularly observed by the Headteacher and Senior Teachers and by partner teachers to help improve practice. Parents/carers and members of the public can find out about our school curriculum, schemes and medium term plans for each class on the website. In addition, the school regularly provides curriculum workshops and information to parents.


The following pages have:

  • The curriculum overview and scheme of works page has detailed overviews of how the school plans to deliver the national curriculum outcomes for each subject
  • The individual subject pages provide information on teaching and learning for these subjects