Our Curriculum

The National Curriculum is organised as follows:


The Nursery class and the reception class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum. English, Maths and Science are the core curriculum subjects which have a heavier emphasis and greater teaching time allocation.

History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, Computing, Physical Education and Design Technology are the foundation subjects. Religious Education is also taught in school.

Class teachers plan their lessons carefully to match activities and learning to each child’s needs. At the start of each lesson, it is made clear to the children what they are expected to learn over the course of the lesson. This is recorded on the board as a ‘Learning Objective’ and the children are clear what they need to do to achieve success in the lesson (recorded as ‘success criteria’). The teachers assess how well the child has achieved in relation to this objective.

Curriculum policies

We have policies and guidelines which show how we teach all the curriculum subjects. Parents and carers are always welcome to view these or other documents. Copies can also be obtained from the school office although we may need to levy a charge for photocopying. In addition we would like to draw your attention to the following features of the curriculum. The Year group pages will also give you a detailed overview of what your child will be learning each half term.

Religious education

R.E. at Richard Alibon is based on the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham syllabus, “Learning for Life”. R.E. helps pupils understand religious beliefs, practices and develop insights into personal beliefs. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from lessons involving the teaching and practices of principal religions. If you wish to discuss this please talk to your child’s class teacher or a senior member of staff.

A full copy of the RE syllabus can be downloaded here.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) & Citizenship

We teach to enable all our children to grow up to be responsible citizens. From the very earliest age our pupils learn about keeping themselves healthy and safe. We encourage them to take responsibility for themselves and their environment. As part of the Richard Alibon School community they learn how to share, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. We encourage all children to become confident and mature individuals, capable of making informed choices about their health and environment.

Sex and relationship education

Richard Alibon Primary School has a policy on sex and relationships education, which is available from the office or the school website here. Sex and relationship education is treated in a sensitive way and in the main forms part of our personal, social and health education and the science curriculum. At the top of the school, for children in Years 4, 5 and 6, there are a number of lessons taught which focus on puberty and how babies are conceived. Parents will be informed when these lessons are planned and will be given an opportunity to view the teaching materials beforehand. Parents have a right to withdraw a child from these lessons should they wish.


Children at KS2 (Years 3 -6) learn Spanish as a modern foreign language. Taught by a native spanish speaker, the focus is on speaking and listening and learning oral Spanish. The 30 minute weekly lesson is often followed up by the child’s class teacher in short 10 minute sessions to consolidate the learning of the main lesson.

Our Spanish scheme of work can be found here:

Richard Alibon Spanish Scheme of Work