Our Curriculum

Below is a brief overview of the curriculum at Overton. 

Links to each year group’s curriculum information can be found at the bottom of this page along with some of the funding and  and impact reports   Please contact the school if you require any further information about the Overton curriculum. 

Here at Overton CE Primary School, we believe that the curriculum should be rich and engaging, that it should be skills driven and that it should prepare our children for life.
The teaching and learning of English is fully integrated into a broad and varied curriculum, which could mean writing labels and captions for pictures and photographs taken in a geographical enquiry,  to writing letters to our local MP on an environmental issue. Maths is taught with problem solving, reasoning and using and applying at its heart. Children are given opportunities not only to build skills in number, data handling, shape and space but also apply these skills in real life contexts and mathematical investigations. They are taught how to develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills. Children’s manipulation of concrete materials and resources are taught as a lead into written methods at an appropriate pace. Children are taught efficient mental strategies and encouraged to consider when a mental strategy would be more appropriate than a written method.
Science is taught in as practical a way as possible so that the children experience the investigations and experiments first hand. We are fortunate to have large school grounds and these are utilised across the Science curriculum for example for minibeast hunts, exploring shadows and testing parachutes.   Our children are very fortunate to benefit from wireless laptops, netbooks, tablets, e-readers  which are all used to support learning around the school.
Geography, History, Art and Design Technology have specific skills, knowledge and understanding explicitly taught as well as maximising any cross curricular links. Over their time with us at Overton Primary School, children will find out about famous people from the past, how schools and homes have changed over time, the local history of Overton and its surroundings as well as the daily lives of ancient civilisations.

Geographical mapping and enquiry skills are developed from an early age. They find out information for themselves through surveys and measurements as well as using books and other sources of information. As they move through the year groups their study of geography moves from the immediate locality to finding out about the people and places in a variety of countries and continents. They also learn about the development of river and coastal features. An important element of geography is the study of the environment, our impact on it and what we can do about sustainable development.

In Art children learn to draw with a range of media, manipulate 3D materials, make models from clay and plasticine and develop their textile skills through collage. Similarly in Design Technology the children learn to handle different tools and materials, but here the emphasis is on producing a product to a given specification for a known audience.


All our children receive a minimum of two hours of PE or games each week. They experience games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and swimming during the summer months. Our children participate in many competitions held for local schools. The teaching and learning of Music includes singing, composing and performing, working independently and in groups as well as expert tuition on instruments through the Listen2Me programme. We have a well equipped music and drama room used by the whole school as well as by our visiting peripatetic teachers. dance resized

English and Reading

The enjoyment and lifelong benefits of reading have been central to the learning culture at Overton CE Primary.

Our Ready, Steady Read Challenge in collaboration with Overton and Whitchurch libraries has proved hugely successful in promoting reading with children even before they start school. The aim is for the children and parents to visit the library and choose a book from a special selection set aside for our challenge. They earn a certificate if they manage to read six books over the summer holidays before they start in the autumn term.

reading 6  The Oxford Reading Tree Programme provides the core spine of reading in the school and runs alongside the systematic teaching of phonics through the Letters and Sounds Programme. Children also have access to a selection of banded books to complement their Oxford Reading Tree books in order to provide variety and breadth. Independent reading for sustained periods is encouraged to help children develop fluency and to become self-reliant readers. A selection of supporting phonics based books support readers who may need additional texts to focus on particular sounds. 


Carefully chosen rich texts provide the stimulus for speaking, listening, drama, reading and writing. Children are encouraged to share and discuss their understanding of books through a dialogic approach where all children’s ideas and opinions are valued. Core reading skills of questioning, clarifying, summarising and predicting are explicitly taught to help develop comprehension and understanding and create meaning. 

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 Our annual Book Week is always a highlight of the year. A visiting poet, author or illustrator delivers a whole school assembly or workshop and then visits every classroom to work with the children on a project for the week.


 Children’s reading skills are developed through focused guided reading sessions with the teacher, whole class discussion and further complemented through a read-aloud curriculum with each year group having a specific selection of books to be read to them. 


Curriculum Enrichment

We believe children should be given opportunities which enrich their experience at school.  Throughout their time with us, the children will have the chance to participate in memorable events and performances.

All Key Stage 1 children have the opportunity to perform in a Christmas production.  Year 3 children learn three musical instruments over the course of the year through the Listen2Me programme and perform each term to an audience of family and friends. Year 3 and 4 take the lead in the Easter performance at the local church.   Year 5 children participate in the annual Shakespeare for Schools production, working with real directors and technicians and perform at a local theatre in Basingstoke. Year 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to sing at the O2 with thousands of other children.  Year 6 children always finish their time with us with an amazing leavers’ performance.

The annual Arts week and Book week provide more memorable opportunities to work with professional artists, storytellers, poets and performers.

Religious Education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

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Religious Education and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

RE is taught using Hampshire’s Living Difference programme of work.  Living Difference III is the Agreed Syllabus for religious education (RE) in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. It builds on an approach to religious education, enriched by philosophical and theological enquiry, as well as current research, used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004. Click here to find out more information about the programme.

Children are taught to respect and understand different  faiths and to express and explore their own understanding and beliefs. 

Click here to read our policy on RE  which also includes information and the process on the right to withdrawal from RE.

HeartSmart was launched across the whole school in the Autumn term of 2019 and is a systematic approach to develop children’s resilience, wellbeing and healthy relationships. It stresses learning how important, valued and loved we are and explores the importance of others and how to love them well. It develops understanding how to process negative emotion and choose forgiveness to restore relationships. It supports our RE curriculum and is one of the Church of England’s recommended resources. HeartSmart also meets the requirements of the new statutory Relationships and Health Education curriculum for primary schools.  Click here to see our policy on Relationships and Sex Education and how HeartSmart supports. 

Curriculum Overviews, Whole School Approaches and Impact Reports on Funding