Curriculum Approach

At Copperfield Academy we believe that children learn best through a well-planned vibrant curriculum that provides opportunities for working cooperatively and independently. During the last academic year there have been significant changes to how all subjects are taught at Copperfield Academy, which has led to a rise in pupil outcomes.  Each Year group has a bespoke timetable to meet the needs of the pupils, allowing teachers to focus on developing skills in the core subjects.


Reading is at the heart of learning at Copperfield Academy, we strongly believe that becoming a successful reader allows pupils to flourish in all areas of the curriculum.  Pupils are encouraged to develop a love for reading; we ensure that our pupils have regular access to our local library where they can expand their interests in a variety of genres.

To teach our younger pupils initial reading skills we use the Read Write Inc programme. Pupils engage in daily phonics lessons and we regularly encourage parents to join us for reading workshops in order to support our youngest readers.

In Key Stage Two, the focus of teaching shifts further towards developing pupils’ understanding of the content of what they have read and is centred on the reading domains. Children engage with a range of high-quality texts linked to their theme of learning for the term.


Within mathematics, we follow the mastery approach which enables children to make accelerated progress across the curriculum at a pace suitable for their own individual, developmental needs.

Cornerstones and The Essentials Curriculum by Chris Quigley

Along with our own planning, we use both the Cornerstones and The Essentials Curriculum by Chris Quigley to deliver theme-based learning during the week, which enables pupils to be fully immersed into their learning theme.

Copperfield Academy Whole School Curriculum Map

Copperfield Academy Long Term Plan

Copperfield Academy Long Term Plans

PSHCE, RSE, and DA Overview

PSHCE and RSE Term by Term breakdown outline