In brief:

Our curriculum is organised through a themed approach, which means that individual subjects are taught by being linked to an overarching topic. This ensures breadth, balance and the progression of knowledge and skills in the different subject disciplines throughout the Capel journey.  Learning is designed in such a way as to encourage independence, creativity and a sense of responsibility among our pupils.

Our aims in planning and teaching the curriculum, are to develop each child's skills and knowledge in the subject disciplines, but also to develop his/her skills as a learner. An emphasis is placed upon developing those habits of mind which increase a child's ability to learn well. Learning and teaching are undertaken creatively and in a way that makes them directly relevant and engaging for the child. Many links are made between subjects. For example, while studying the Victorians, children may explore the literature of Charles Dickens, the art and design of William Morris and the construction of electrical circuits, as well as evaluating the historical evidence from the period.

The curriculum in our school is planned to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stafe curriculum. the National Curriculum and the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

We following 'Read, Write Inc' phonics programme in Early Years and KS1.

In more detail:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Class)


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum aims to build a secure foundation for children to progress through school and life. It is aimed at children from birth to 5 years and all pre-schools, nurseries, childminders and reception classes are required to follow it. To learn more about the EYFS Curriculum follow these links:

  • The Statutory EYFS framework can be viewed here
  • A Parents' Guide to the EYFS curriculum can be viewed here
  • Our school's Curriculum Policy can be viewed here


The National Curriculum (Class 1-6)

  The subjects that form the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 are art and design, design and technology, English, geography, history, computing, mathematics, physical education, religious education, modern foreign langauages (we teach French) and science. To learning more about the curriculum follow these links:

  • the National Curriculum framework and programmes of study for the subjects can be viewed here
  • a Parents' Guide to the National Curriculum can be viewed here
  • our school's Curriculum Policy can be viewed here

Alongside Capel led lessons, we make use of partnerships with local schools and organisations to deliver content in a modern and engaging way. Some examples being our Year 4 learning flute with the Music Hub, all cohorts partaking in PE lessons with Sprint and Science lessons being futher developed through links with Kent College.

Our teachers have developed the below topics to link into the National Objectives:









Class 1

Once Upon a time

Sensational Winter

Out of this world

Around the world

Living and Growing

Born to be wild

Class 2

Amazon Rainforest

Gruffalo and Other monsters

The Great Fire of London

Adventurers and explorers

Under the sea

Dragons Knights and Castle

Class 3


Greece and UK Case Study

A sense of place

Stone Age to Iron Age

Class 4

Roman Britain

Anglo Saxon and Vikings

Around the World in 80 days

Class 5

Tudor Britain


Rivers and Mountains

Class 6


The Maya

Volcanoes & Earthquakes


For more information on the curriculum and topics specifically for each class, vist the relevent page.


Special Educational Needs

Supporting all our students

At Capel Primary School we regularly monitor progress. Where it is not at the expected age related point, even if a special educational need has not been identified, we put in place extra support to enable the pupil to catch up. Examples of this are additional literacy and numeracy booster groups, in-class differentiation and nurture groups. Our on site SENCO, Mrs Chivers, will liaise with teachers to identify students who require support, enabling us to effectively intervene to improve learning.

Some pupils may continue to make slow progress, despite high-quality teaching targeted at their areas of weakness. For these pupils and in consultation with parents, we will use a range of assessment tools to determine the cause of the learning difficulty. At Capel Primary School we are experienced in using a range of assessment tools to identify specific gaps in learning. We have access to external advisors who are able to use specialist assessments depending on need including the Specialist Teaching Service, Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and Counselling.

The purpose of this more detailed assessment is to understand what additional resources and different approaches are required to enable the pupil to make better progress. These will be shared with parents, put into a provision plan and reviewed regularly. At this point we will have identified that the pupil has a special educational need because the school is making special educational provision for the pupil which is additional and different to what is normally available.

If the pupil is able to make good progress using this additional and different resource (but would not be able to maintain this good progress without it) we will continue to identify the pupil as having a special educational need.

We ensure that all teachers and support staff who work with the pupil are aware of the support to be provided and the teaching approaches to be used.