Menston Primary School

Making our world a better place


Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Our pupils are offered a broad range of experiences to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Skills, attitudes and values are developed to prepare the children for the next stage of learning (Key Stage 1 and 2 ready and secondary ready), and enable them to be successful in the community and the wider world. We believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement, opportunities to explain and clarify thinking. We make meaningful connections across subjects. The school expects everyone to develop and show a sense of responsibility and self-discipline whether alone, together, at work or at play, and to support policies on equal opportunities. We actively promote the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. We also incorporate careers awareness activities into our teaching to further help to prepare our children for their future.

Our curriculum drivers are:

Equality, diversity and tolerance: Celebrating difference is vital so that our children develop tolerance and an understanding of the different types of diversity within and beyond Menston.

Creativity and critical thinking: We strive to develop our children’s ability to develop new ideas and think deeply, knowing that these skills will equip them for the future.

Global citizens: We need our children to develop an increasingly secure understanding of some of the ways in which they can make our world a better place by seeking opportunities to be active citizens, understanding their responsibilities both locally and in the wider world.

Future-thinking: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are essential to equip our children for the world they are growing up in. Our children will have opportunities to make meaningful links between the STEM subjects and their wider learning across the curriculum.

Wellbeing: Pastoral care is paramount to enable children to learn effectively in a safe, warm and welcoming environment. Our provision for outdoor learning, our detailed PSHE curriculum and our whole school approach to mental health are the framework through which we maintain a focus on children’s mental and physical wellbeing.   

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

Phonics and early reading

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


The teaching of Maths is based on the White Rose Maths Hub’s Mastery approach and is supported by our teaching of mental maths skills and our calculation policy. We aim to provide children with the ability to reason in a logical way and to apply mathematics through problem solving in real life contexts. We want to help children to see the links between maths and other subjects and deepen their understanding through investigations and application of maths across the curriculum.

For our writing progression map, please click here.

For our reading progression map, please click here.

Find a suggested book list for LKS2 here. Find a suggested book list for UKS2 here.

Science curriculum statement – please click here.

Science curriculum overview – please click here.

History curriculum statement – please click here.

History curriculum overview – please click here.

Design Technology curriculum statement – please click here.

Design Technology curriculum overview – please click here.

Art curriculum statement – please click here.

Art progression of skills – please click here.

Some of our curriculum statements are currently under review and will be posted here as they are finalised.

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.



Menston Primary Receives National Recognition We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Quality Mark by the national Skills Builder Partnership in recognition of our high standards in the teaching of transferable skills to all of our children.  Our high standards have been further recognised by our school also being awarded  Skills Builder Showcase School status.  Read all about our work on the partnership’s showcase pages

Important Dates

Y6 Residential
Jul 4 – Jul 6 all-day
Meet the Teacher
Jul 14 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

A chance to meet your child’s next teacher for the academic year 2022/23 in their classroom.

Year 5 Residential
Jul 20 – Jul 22 all-day