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Gladstone Primary Academy


At Gladstone Primary Academy we follow Development Matters in Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. The Development Matters early years curriculum can be found here.

The National Curriculum was revised in 2014 for Key Stage One and Two. Click here for the Government document, outlining the aims and programmes of study for pupils of primary age. 

Read, Write, Inc

At Gladstone we use Read, Write, Inc to teach our pupils phonics, reading and writing until they are able to read and write independently at the appropriate expected standard for their year group. Typically, Read, Write, Inc is used in Key Stage One. This programme teaches language and literacy in a systematic way as soon as pupils are ready to start learning sounds and enables children to apply their learning of sounds to read and write at their own level.  Pupils are then assessed often to ensure that they are continually challenged and making good progress. Please click here for more information about the Read, Write, Inc programme. 


Our curriculum has been purpose built to fit in with National Curriculum aims and give our children long-lasting experiences. Our journey has 3 stages.

Sparking a sense of wonder to hook the learner and provide a long lasting memory.  ​

Explore ​
Delivering a thought-provoking puzzling environment that allows learners to understand, demonstrate, apply, consolidate and reapply their learning.  ​

Providing the opportunity for learners to: celebrate and admire themselves and peer achievements; reflect on the journey made and ponder what happens next.

These stages encourage children to foster a love for their learning. It is purpose built and flexible. To complement our journey, we provide children with opportunities to enhance their learning. 

Goals Portals Adventures is an agreement between staff, children and parents ensuring learners travel through Gladstone Primary Academy with memories and experiences that will last a life time.  ​

​They are age related and will include links to topics, trips, books, curriculum aims, British Values and extra-curricular activities.

Other Curriculum Areas

At Gladstone, we use a locally agreed syllabus to teach R.E. (Religious Education) and P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health, Education). For P.E. (Physical Education) we follow the National Curriculum and we have access to specialist sports teachers who come into school and teach each year group P.E.


Below is our framework breaking down what is being covered by each year group: