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Our Curriculum

School Organisation and Curriculum

The education of pupils is planned in two distinct phases.

These are:

  • the Primary Department (including Early years, Infant and Junior classes).  Each class has a teacher and one or more assistants.
  • the Secondary Department (including Secondary and Post 16).  Each class has a teacher and one or more assistants.


Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP) and 'My Outcomes' Documents

All pupils at Portesbery School have a statement and we believe that it is vital to get together all those who know the children well to carefully plan individual targets for the year in any area that is a priority for the whole child (rather than only in relation to the solely educational). It is very important that we have ideas and information from parents at this meeting and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. The idea of the 'My Outcomes' Document is that the targets set at the annual review / EHCP are broken down into four smaller targets that we aim to achieve each term. Parents receive regular feedback on progress towards targets, on which they are also invited to comment. If the child is in the Post 16 Department the second page relates to the targets that have been set in their transition meeting.


The Primary Curriculum

At Portesbery School we have developed a three year rolling cycle of topics detailed below. A topic based curriculum allows the whole department to be working towards a shared objective and greater opportunities to come together for curriculum days.

Religious Education continues to be an independent subject although it is often taught in conjunction with KUW and at assembly times.



Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec


Jan, Feb, March


April, May, June, July



Year 1

Animals and Habitats

Weather and Seasons

Holidays and Holiday Activities

Year 2

Me, My Family and Homes

Transport and Journeys

Earth and Space

Year 3

Fairy-tales and Stories

Our School and Local Community

People and Places of the World

Full details of the Primary Curriculum plans can be viewed here

If you would like to know more about the Primary Curriculum please email or . 

The Secondary Curriculum

The Secondary Curriculum is based upon the subjects taught at Key Stage 3: English, Maths, Science, DT, ICT, Humanities, Art, Music, PE and PSHCE and RE.  In addition, we also teach World Study.  The curriculum is delivered via a 5 year rolling programme:


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Term 1

Humanities – Homes & Family

Science – Light and Sound

Science –

Science – Space

Science –

PSHCE – Family Life

PSHCE – Developing Relationships

PSHCE – Study Skills

PSHCE – Food and Nutrition

Personal Hygiene

RE – Creation

RE – Harvest / Christmas

RE –
Family Life/
Rites of Passage

RE – Feelings / Citizenship, Rights and Responsibilities

RE – Christian Values

World Study - Asia

Art – Sculpture / Modelling

World Study - Africa

DT – Food Technology

World Study - Europe


Term 2

Science – Materials

Humanities – Our School

Science - Forces

Science –

Science - Variation

PSHCE – Safety (In the Home)

PSHCE – Environment

PSHCE – Drugs / Personal Autonomy

PSHCE – Safety
(Out and About)

PSHCE – Exercise

RE - Christianity

Re - Judaism

RE - Islam

RE - Hinduism

RE - Buddhism

DT - Architecture

DT - Woodwork

Art – Colour

World Study - Americas

Art – Styles of Painting; Landscape/


Term 3

Science - Plants

Science –
Life Cycles

Humanities – Clothes & Fashion

Humanities –
Local Study

Humanities - Transport

PSHCE – Sex Ed; Feelings

PSHCE – Sex Ed; Life Cycles

PSHCE – Sex Ed; Body / Public / Private

PSHCE – Sex Ed; Relationships

Sex Ed;

RE - Christianity

RE - Judaism

RE - Islam

RE - Hinduism

RE - Buddhism

Art – Painting Techniques

World Study - Australia

DT - Textiles

Art –
of Artists

DT – Mechanics

English, Maths, ICT, Music and PE are taught every term, and link in with the other subjects / projects listed above.

In addition, students within the Secondary Department also study towards accredited schemes ran by ASDAN; in Key Stages 3 and 4 they study the “Transition Challenge” programme, and in Post 16 “Towards Independence”.  These are nationally recognised awards, and certificates are presented upon successful completion of modules at the end of Key Stage 4 and Post 16.

From the age of 14, all students are offered the opportunity to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. The award encompasses four different sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  All work towards the award takes place during the school day, with the addition of a residential in order to fulfil the requirements for the Expedition section.

A 5-day residential trip is offered annually to Post 16 students, usually to the Calvert Trust in Devon.  There is also an annual Surrey Special Schools Ski Trip to Italy that is offered to those students within both the Secondary and Post 16 departments that the school feels would most enjoy and benefit from it.  The school also endeavours to offer a Surrey based 3-day residential to all students at least once during their time in the department.

If you would like to know more about the Secondary Curriculum please email .