Our Curriculum
At Minworth JI School, our teaching is compliant with the National Curriculum and teachers write and plan topics to enthuse and engage pupils through our unique, thematic curriculum. Each year group has a specific theme that integrates and runs through other curriculum areas, which form the basis of termly or half-termly plans. This thematic approach allows our children plenty of opportunities to explore, discover and develop into deep, life-long learners. Our children are submerged in essential learning, making it meaningful whilst allowing and encouraging them to become masters of their own learning.
Information about the content of each theme of work is provided below.

At Minworth, in addition to their academic learning, we believe children should also be taught to develop socially, morally, culturally and spiritually. To ensure this happens, our Minworth Jigsaw values are taught, promoted and celebrated throughout our curriculum. Furthermore, we also promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Please see the link below to see how these British values are promoted at Minworth.


How are British Values promoted at Minworth?


An additional value we promote at Minworth is 'taking pride in our heritage.' To promote this, in all topics taught, children learn about some of the key British historical figures, events and architecture that have helped shape Britain into what it is today. Please see the link below to see how this is promoted within our topics.


Maths at Minworth

Here at Minworth, we believe that maths should be exciting, engaging and provide opportunity for children to develop their mastery of maths. In order to do this, we use and adapt the White Rose Mastery planning from Maths Hubs.

Throughout the year, pupils cover all areas of maths and are provided with opportunity to apply these skills through daily lessons. These lessons enable children to work on their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills within a maths concept.

To develop their understanding of mathematical concepts children will be taught to use concrete and pictorial forms before developing their abstract understanding. For example:


Children will use a wide range of resources including counters, cubes, base 10 apparatus and bead strings to name but a few.

To gain a further insight into the learning that takes place within your child’s year please see the links below:


Year 1 Mastery

Year 2 Mastery

Year 3 Mastery

Year 4 Mastery

Year 5 Mastery

Year 6 Mastery



Religious Education at Minworth




Phonics and Reading

 Phonics and Reading

Information for parents

Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught, in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods, such as guided reading and shared reading, to help children develop all the other vital reading skills to hopefully give them a real love of reading. At Minworth Junior and Infant School we combine the guidance and phase progression from The Department for Education’s Letters and Sounds programme with the actions from Jolly Phonics.


Children are assessed on their knowledge of phase one which identifies if a child can discriminate between different sounds, identify the initial and end sounds in words, blend sounds together and split words in to sounds. They are taught these skills continually throughout the year whilst being introduced to phase two, which is learning to hear a sound and knowing how to form it and recognise it in a systematic way by learning one set at a time.

Set 1 - s a t p,       Set 2 - i n m d ,         Set 3 - g o c k,       Set 4 - ck e u r,         Set 5 - h b f ff l ll s ss

Once children are secure in these sounds they begin to learn the sounds in phase three. Phase three is taught in the same way as phase two, and by the end of phase three the children will know one way of writing each of the 44 phonemes.

Set 6 - j v w x,                 Set 7 - y z zz qu,                       Consonant digraphs - ch sh th ng

Vowel digraphs (and trigraphs) ai ee igh oa oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure er

Year 1

Children will consolidate the learning from reception and revisit any of the 44 phonemes that children may not be secure on before starting phase four. The main challenge in this phase is to help children to blend and segment words with adjacent consonants e.g. truck, help. As children develop in confidence they are introduced to phase five where children will learn alternative ways to write sounds and split digraphs. For example, they would already know ai as in rain, but now they will be introduced to ay as in day and a-e as in make. At the end of the year all children sit a national phonics screening test.

Year 2

Children will consolidate the learning from year one before moving on to phase six. This reinforces much of the learning from phase five and helps children to develop greater fluency in reading and begins to explore spelling rules and conventions, e.g. adding -ing and -ed.

Key Stage Two

If children are assessed to require or need greater competency in phonics, they will continue to have support to learn the phonemes. Children who are secure up to phase six will learn the spelling strategies and common exception words for their age and year group.


To support the school’s approach to phonics, the school has adopted the Bug Club Reading scheme. The children start on picture books until they are able to recognise and self-blend sounds. As children’s phonetic knowledge develops, they are able to move through the reading bands which provides opportunities to decode more complex words, develop an on-sight vocabulary and read with greater fluency whilst being challenged to develop their comprehension skills. Once children’s reading is secure they will become a ‘free reader’, choosing their own texts. Comprehension and reading strategies continue throughout the key stage two curriculum.




Bug Club Progression Poster