Curriculum & Assessment

LDSM follows the statutory National Curriculum for all areas except RE, for which we follow an approved curriculum issued by the Diocese of Guildford- click here to find out more about this.


Building on the statutory content, subject leaders and year group teachers work together to plan topics and units of work with the aim of building progression, challenge and support into every subject. Where possible, we will also make links across subjects - through our use of texts in literacy which may link to science or history; art work from around the world or a period of history; using ICT to research and present information about all of our lessons; and lots more besides.


In the curriculum areas and overview pages below, you can find out more about topics and units studied in each year.


Assessment at LDSM

Our assessment strategy for the core areas of the curriculum works on a principle of splitting the end-of-year expectations laid down by the new National Curriculum into categories- based on whether a child is developing towards these expectations, or has reached them (the 'expected' or 'secure' standard for each age group) and has a mastery of all the skills they have learnt, in different contexts.

Children who are above the expected level then work to add greater depth and breadth to their learning before moving onto the next year's curriculum. No child can move to the curriculum from the year above in their current year if they haven’t mastered every skill on the end of year statements.


We are fully aware that every child is different, and that all work at different rates. Children who are not yet considered to be developing towards the expectations of their own year group are carefully monitored and supported to help them make as much progress as they are able to- with the aim of catching up over time.


Find out more about the targets that children aim to reach in each year group below.

Our Curriculum- more information


Where our curriculum follows all, or elements of, a published resource in order to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum, we have tried to list the main resources used. Follow the links to find information on these resources from their publishers and authors.