Old Basford School

Opportunities Bring Success

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What does your child learn at school each day?

Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

The Curriculum at Old Basford School

This statement sets out the curriculum entitlement of all children at Old Basford School and explains how we organise the curriculum to ensure that it is fully inclusive for all children whilst sparking their interest, deepening their knowledge and developing their curiosity.


   At Old Basford School, we pride ourselves on our ‘core values’, which allow us all (staff and children) to consider the way we are treated and how we treat others at school, in the community and beyond.

This philosophy is embedded in our 'PROUD' rules. 


                                                  P- polite and helpful.

                                                  R- resilient. 

                                                  O- organised and tidy.

                                                  U- understanding others' needs.

                                                  D- do your best.     


   Ultimately, we aim to inspire our children to be curious, question, understand and explain the world around them and for them to become resilient risk-takers and problem-solvers. We believe that the Old Basford 'whole curriculum' has a positive impact on all of our children, in their academic, cultural, moral and emotional success that will be long lasting beyond their time at primary school. 


Most importantly, Old Basford children are happy children!

Opportunities Bring Success!


We have developed a 'Mission Possible' checklist for each of our children challenging them to complete all of the opportunities that we provide for them. Their checklist follows them throughout school which we hope they fully complete by the July of their final year with us. Please see below for the 'Mission Possible' checklist.




​At Old Basford School, writing is a vital part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many cross-curricular opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills. We believe pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing and we have adopted the Talk for Writing approach to support this vision. We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn. We want them to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.


Phonics and Reading

At Old Basford School we believe our pupils should have their lives enriched by a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge that they gain from quality texts. 

All children learn how to read through phonics in the Early Years Foundation Stage and across KS1 (years 1 and 2) and some children continue to learn phonics into KS2. We ensure that every child has access to a suitably pitched reading book through our coloured book banding system. These are phonetically decodable across EYFS and KS1 meaning they are matched to your child's phonetic understanding. Your child will be moved book band colour as appropriate throughout the academic year. They should have information about their current book band colour stuck in their diary. We are in the process of extending our use of 'star' or 'reading for pleasure' books across school so all pupils can enjoy an additional book at home.

All year groups teach reading through quality texts which support their topic. This is done through 'Big Book' lessons in EYFS and 'shared reading' lessons across the rest of school. This provides the children the opportunity for lots of 'book talk' and discussion, as well as the chance to practice important comprehension skills.

We also provide the children with a variety of classroom books to read independently, many of which are linked to their topics. All classes also have an additional class reading book that is shared by the teacher with the children.



High quality maths lessons are planned and delivered inline with the White Rose scheme of learning and supported with other appropriate resources. This approach supports the teaching of mastery maths and allows children to gain a deeper understanding of numbers.  The conscious decision to use a variety of schemes is so we can ensure all children regardless of starting points, interests and ability are immersed in Maths at the appropriate level.  This method is used from Year 1 through to Year 6 and is a spiral curriculum which builds the children's skills, knowledge and confidence in maths through a reasoning based approach.  In our F1 and F2 classes, a mastery approach to teaching maths has also been adopted.



If you would like more detail about what each year group are currently doing, please see their year group page.