Curriculum Overview

Early Years

The foundation stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. Our nursery and reception classes provide a rich variety of opportunities and experiences that are appropriate to the needs of the children.  Children develop key learning skills such as communicating effectively and co-operating with others. The foundation stage works within six areas of learning. These are:

  • Creative Development
  • Physical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the world
  • Mathematical Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Personal and Social Development

Using the outdoor environment is key to developing children’s skills, knowledge and understanding and our nursery and reception have regular access to outdoor play and provision. Equipment is selected to give a specific learning opportunity and this provision is planned for.

Children in the foundation stage are taught in a variety of different ways. First hand experiences and structured play feature strongly in the foundation stage curriculum.

Horizons Curriculum

Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 years) and Keys Stage 2 (aged 8-11 years) follow the National Curriculum for the following subjects:

  • Science
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Music
  • Physical Education

These subjects are taught through our Horizons Curriculum, which is a cross curricular approach to learning intended to broaden and deepen the children's learning, allowing them to thrive and reach their potential.

For more information on our Horizons Curriculum please click on our Horizons Offer.

RE is also taught following the RE Scheme for Hampshire Schools 'Living Difference 3' and details of this can be found in our Horizions Curriculum Offer.

Ark Ayrton Horizons Curriculum Offer.pdf


At Ark Ayrton, we value the importance of children as Readers and Writers. Our Horizons curriculum is based around a book. For more information on our English Curriculum (including phonics, units of work and additional information) please click on our English Offer below.

Ark Ayrton English Offer.pdf




Mathematics is taught through a range of different activities. We believe children need to work with mathematical ideas practically before moving on to written methods and we ensure that we plan for as many opportunities for this as possible. In Reception and Year 1 children are learning maths through “Maths Mastery” which is a structured programme based on practical equipment and models, as well as a strong emphasis on language development and vocabulary.

 Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 are all taught a six part maths lesson which incorporates practical application and vocabulary acquisition. We have blocked our learning to ensure children have enough time and direct teaching to fully access and understand a mathematical concept before moving on to a new one.