Pupils and Learning


Pupils in the Reception Class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum 2014. Progression through the programmes of study and subject content has been planned to ensure that children receive a broad education. Opportunities are also planned for visits and visitors to support the children’s learning.

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 the phonics scheme used is Letters and Sounds supported by Jolly Phonics, Synthetic Phonics and Read, Write, Inc. We do not have one reading scheme but use a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds, Big Cat, Red Rockets and Storyworlds.

If you have any questions about the curriculum at our school, please contact you child’s class teacher or the School Office.

Class Organisation

The school is a one form entry school which means that there is one class per year group. There are seven classes ranging from Foundation Stage to Year 6. We have a highly committed, experienced and motivated staff who continually do their best for the children we see each day. All staff seek opportunities to develop their own knowledge and skills, ensuring we provide the most effective education we can.

Click on the links for more information about each class.

We see each child as an individual and acknowledge we all learn in different ways. Personalities and individual attributes are all taken into consideration, with positivity and an ‘I can’ attitude being at the centre of the learning process here. This in turn supports the development of confidence along with personal ability. Children can learn in a safe environment which encourages learning through fun, stimulating and challenging activities, as we firmly believe that if children feel happy, safe and secure, they are likely to learn more effectively.

Pupil’s Wellbeing

We actively support the development of every child’s emotional well-being. Through the Henley Schools Partnership, we are able to fund a school Counsellor who is in school every Thursday, working with children who find such support valuable. We also have our own school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who provides support to children with Special Educational Needs and their families. Our SENCO is also instrumental in coordinating a range of intervention groups for children who require small group additional support.

We are also a ‘Healthy School’ and encourage children to live and learn according to a healthy lifestyle.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

We at Shiplake CE School believe that each pupil has individual and unique needs. However, some pupils require more support than others. If these pupils are to achieve their full potential, we must recognise this and plan accordingly. We acknowledge that a significant proportion of pupils will have special educational needs at some time in their school career. Many of these pupils may require help throughout their time in school, whilst others may need a little extra support for a short period to help overcome more temporary needs. Shiplake CE School aims to provide all pupils with strategies for dealing with their needs in a supportive environment, and to give them meaningful access to the Early Years and National Curriculum.

For more information on SEND at Shiplake please see the dedicated SEN page of our website.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Copy of the Powerpoint presentation to parents of children in Years 4, 5 and 6 – March 2019  SRE Powerpoint March 2019