What are we learning?

Our motto is ‘Loving to learn, learning to love’. Our children tell us that they love learning at Fishponds Academy. They also explain that they learn to love from the example of their teachers, who show their love through the fun and excitement they provide.


At Fishponds Church of England Academy, our curriculum reflects our values. It is through what we teach, together with high how we teach, that we deliver on our ambition for all our children.


At the core of our curriculum are key experiences which we, as a school, believe should be entitlement for all children.  Such experiences are at the heart of each unit of cross curricular ‘topic’ work. We begin each topic with a WOW! activity which sparks their interest and imagination and is a springboard to questions and investigations. Many of the topics have a Bristol focus, celebrating and seizing upon, the opportunities provided by living in this great city.  We also celebrate the diversity of our community, learning about and from, the rich mix of cultures and traditions we are part of. We are a church school and in RE children make thoughtful connections between what they learn about Christianity, and other faiths.


We follow the National Curriculum in all subject areas and our staff ensure that the progression of skills are taught in each area from Early Years through to Year 6.


Children’s understanding of literacy is strengthened as they learn to read and write about the things they are learning about in other subjects. Their writing has real purpose and is relevant to them.  Children also apply their maths learning across the curriculum, using number skills in science, technology, geography and history.


Children are taught maths using the ‘White Rose' scheme of learning, which enables our learners to work through mathematical understanding of new concepts in ‘small steps’ progression. We ensure children work through the stages of concrete, pictorial and the abstract to deepen their understandings.


Through RE and PSHE we hope our children will become confident, caring and conscientious adults.  We follow the Jigsaw scheme of learning for PSHE and Discovery RE scheme, alongside Understanding Christianity.


We also want our children to be safe, healthy and happy. E-safety (including internet safety) is a core part of our computing and PSHE curriculum. Children learn to prepare healthy food in our teaching kitchen, and our PE provision is very exciting. Children learn the key skills for athletics, games, dance and gymnastics.  Our school uses the ‘Real PE’ scheme of work, a unique, child-centred approach to the delivery of PE.

 Progression papers




Design and Technology





 Early Years Learning

Children in the Foundation Stage, Nursery and Reception (and the first part of Year 1) work through the Development Matters document, which is published nationally.

We place a strong emphasis on children learning basis skills - Reading, Writing and Maths, right from children's early learning experiences until they leave the Academy.

We follow a structured approach to phonics, using a combination of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. We use a broad selection of levelled 'reading scheme' books from a variety of sources and spend a great deal of money ensuring class libraries always have a great selection of children's fiction.  


Year 1-6

Click on the links below to take you to the work we will be completing in each year group across the school (Year 1-6). Please note that these are updated termly as the year goes on. Key Stage 1 work as a team on a 2 year rolling programme of study.

Key Stage 1
Year 3
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6