If you would like any more information on the curriculum your child is being taught, please speak to the class teacher or any member of senior staff.

Abacus is a unique maths toolkit written for the new primary maths curriculum by an expert author team. It's been carefully crafted on a robust approach to creating inspired and confident young mathematicians.

​We know that children need  to understand the fundamentals of what they're doing in maths. So we underpinned Abacus with a "four pillars" approach throughout to ensure children develop a robust understanding and secure foundation in maths: 

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Our capacity for teaching and learning new things is amazing and our approach is innovative and exciting . 

In September 2014,
Thameside made the local news for undertaking the learning of Latin throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. Our pupils and teachers took to it with great enthusiasm, and the language can now be seen and heard throughout the school on a daily basis. This is just one example of the innovative and creative steps Thameside continually takes to develop standards of teaching and learning throughout the school.

The things we learn

At Thameside Primary we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that engages and enthuses children in learning.  

We ensure pupils receive a diverse and exciting range of experiences; we encourage working outside, and using our fantastic grounds and locality to enrich their learning.


To support children's early reading development we use the Letters and Sounds programme and provide workshops for parents on phonics. See more about Letters and Sounds by clicking the icon opposite.

Our maths will continue with Abacus which has been updated
to meet the new curriculum requirements. To see more about our maths scheme click the new primary curriculum button opposite.

In English we will continue Letters and Sounds in years 1 and 2, and Year 1 will also follow elements of a book led curriculum. We are also extending Language and Literacy, the follow- on programme
to Letters and Sounds, to years 2-5 as these were amazingly popular and successful last year. Year 6 will continue to base their English on high quality books Foundation subjects
We have chosen to teach history, geography, RE and science
through Learning Challenge, which incorporates a book linked
approach while at the same time enables children to work on
motivational problem solving challenges based on these
subjects. So that children can really get into their learning,
many of these challenges will be taught in subject blocks during
afternoon sessions.

Thameside Primary is rare in having a specialist PE Team who are dedicated to expanding the reach and benefits of PE across the curriculum. Look at our PE page here.