Menston Primary School

Making our world a better place


Our Menston curriculum aims to prepare our children for their future. The curriculum is designed to enable children to learn and develop in accordance with our school vision.  We provide a broad and balanced curriculum based upon the primary national curriculum.  We believe our children should have some ownership of their learning and be supported in becoming ‘aspirational’ learners who make the most of the learning opportunities provided.  We also incorporate careers awareness activities into our teaching to further help to prepare our children for their future.

Subject delivery in our curriculum has three key strands which enable children to develop as independent and resilient learners.  These are:

  1. Learning Outside the Classroom which enables children to have regular access to our large, beautiful and well equipped outside space – Outdoor Learning
  2. STEM teaching (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to help provide our children with the knowledge, skills and approaches to thinking which will prepare them for future opportunities in our rapidly changing world – STEM
  3. Health and Wellbeing Education – to ensure children learn how to care for themselves and others as they grow and to develop their interpersonal and social skills.

Each term, year groups follow learning themes which enable children to learn subject specific skills and knowledge and then apply them across different subject areas.  This provides opportunities for children to deepen their thinking and helps to embed their skills and knowledge across the breadth of the curriculum. Within these themes, children learn subject-specific content in order that they become able geographers, historians, artists, designers etc.

Within our curriculum we also teach a range of universal skills which have been shown to enable children and young people to be equipped for the next stage of their education and beyond. These skills cover areas such as listening, presenting and team working. We are a partner school within the Universal Skills Partnership which is a not-for-profit group who bring together schools, a range of organisations and employers.  More information can be found on their website: Skills Builder Partnership.

Our curriculum complies fully with our duties in the Equality Act 2010, and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, about making the curriculum accessible for those with SEND.

Pupils in KS1 and Foundation are taught phonics for reading and writing using the Essential Letters and Sounds framework and a range of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, and other books, to ensure that children develop a love of reading alongside developing key reading and comprehension skills.

In the academic year 2020 – 21, the school received £33,760 in Catch Up Premium funding. Please click here to see our Catch Up Premium strategic plan.

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like to know more about the curriculum. Members of the public may request information via the school office.

For information on writing over the year please click here.

For information on reading over the year please click here.

Click the links below to view the curriculum statements for each subject.

Art at Menston Primary School
Computing at Menston Primary School
Design Technology and Menston Primary School
English at Menston Primary School
Geography  at Menston Primary School
History at Menston Primary School
Maths at Menston Primary School
Modern Foreign Language at Menston Primary School
Music at Menston Primary School
Outdoor Learning at Menston Primary School
PE at Menston Primary School
PSHE at Menston Primary School
RE at Menston Primary School
Science at Menston Primary School
SMSC and British values at Menston Primary School


Please report all absences to the school office before 8:30 am. We have a 24 hour absence line 01943 873180 where you can leave a message to let us know what the reason for absence is. You must not send any child in to school if they are displaying the symptoms of Covid-19. Please keep them off school and book a PCR test. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.