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. 

It is our aim that children are encouraged and challenged to develop to their true potential in a vibrant and exciting learning environment. Our vision is to develop an enthusiasm for learning and a desire for excellence to enable the whole school community to achieve their best, making good progress across our curriculum and achieve at least age related expectations.

At Overton we are committed to providing relevant, first hand learning and purposeful experiences for all of our pupils. We aim to allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, to gain those vital collaborative skills and become creative, critical thinkers. We want children to really enjoy their learning and help them become team players as well as valuable members of society as they grow older

Our schemes of work link to topic enquiry themes and include as much learning from direct experience as possible. Where appropriate and feasible, we complement all topics with visits using the local environment or invite visitors into school to support the children’s studies. Class teachers share planned learning with parents via our termly class newsletters and through regular updates on the class pages on our website.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

Children leave our school with a real sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

Our school also values The Arts – providing quality opportunities for pupils to share their creative talents. In addition to our Arts Curriculum, our annual Arts Week provides all our children with the opportunity of working with an artist in situ. All of our children also learn to play three musical instruments through our established partnership with the Music Service in Year 3. We provide rich and purposeful opportunities for our children to perform in school, at the local Church and other community events. 

Sport plays an integral part of our curriculum and pupils are introduced to a huge variety of activities. Traditional sports such as netball, hockey and football are complimented by cricket, running, athletics, tag rugby, dance and gymnastics. Giving sport a focus across Overton has engaged many children including children with SEND. We invest in high quality CPD for our staff and in utilizing the skills of sports coaches and our community to further enhance our provision.

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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 provides the core spine of reading in the school and runs alongside the teaching of phonics. We use All Aboard Phonics which is a systematic synthetic phonics (SSP)  programme  completely designed around the new criteria set by the DfE in March 2021.  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  ensure books are appropriately matched to children’s current reading and phonics level.

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 Personal, Social and Health Education

Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Living Difference IV is the new agreed syllabus for religious education for use in all Hampshire maintained schools. We will be planning and implementing the syllabus from January 2022 onwards.

Living Difference IV describes an approach for teaching, seeking to explain the educational value not only of children engaging with new material intellectually, but also of them becoming better able to discern what is desirable for their own lives, and with others, for the world.

Informed by current educational research, as well as research into religion and worldviews, it builds on the approach to religious education used in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton since 2004. This revision demonstrates the ongoing and fruitful partnership that exists between the four authorities, ensuring a syllabus capable of securing high-quality religious education for all children and young people who encounter it, at this point in history.

If you would like more information on the syllabus click on the link below to take you to Hampshire County Council’s Living Differences IV curriculum page.


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 is a fundamental aspect of our PSHE provision. 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