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At Crich Carr Church of England Primary school we want children to be inspired by our curriculum. We want to make them curious and excited by the world around them. We want to put our Christian ethos at the centre of the curriculum by asking children to consider how do we be good people and citizens of the Earth and how should we behave to achieve this?


Our curriculum is built around big questions such as ‘Do We Appreciate What We Have?’  ‘Are We All Really Equal?’ or ‘Does Technology Make Our Lives Better?’ We make links with curriculum areas such as Geography (learning about our local area), RE (what does religion teach us about respect?), PSHE (global issues such as pollution) and Science (the importance of the rainforests). These links help children to make their own links, deepen their learning and see the relationship between these different areas and subjects. In all our teaching we aim to ensure that children develop a rich knowledge that they retain as they move up through our school and on into secondary education.


We have organised our curriculum into themes and topics to ensure that they fit together in a cross-curricular way. The curriculum runs on a multi-year cycle across mixed-age classes. For example, pupils in Years 5 and 6 learn about the same topics together, with teachers taking into account the respective ages and abilities of the pupils.


We regularly monitor the curriculum to ensure that the teaching and learning meets our high expectations. Staff look at the work in children’s books, speak to children about their learning and wherever possible, members of the Governing Body join to help and challenge us to do even better!


Intent – what do we want to achieve?

We want our children to:

  • Become our citizens of the future and have respect for others and the planet

  • Take responsibility for their own actions

  • Be ready for the next stage of their education at secondary school

  • Have experiences of both the local area and wider world

  • Have high ambitions and aspirations for their own future

  • Increase their own resilience in an increasingly-difficult world

We will endeavour to give all our children the same opportunities and remove any barriers to success.


Implementation – how are we doing it?

We focus on Maths and English every day through:

  • Separate English and Maths lessons

  • Streamed phonics sessions (using Floppy’s Phonics)

  • Support for individual children who need that bit extra

  • Regular practice on the basics such as multiplication tables, spellings and handwriting

  • Reading a class book as often as possible

  • Individual books for children to take home

  • Using practical resources in Maths to help with learning

  • Use of digital technology where appropriate


We teach our wider curriculum through:

  • Making links across subjects to help learning

  • Taking part in educational visits

  • Inviting visitors into school

  • Residential experiences

  • Linking school to the ‘real world’

  • Joining in with local events

  • Raising money for charity

  • Taking part in local competitions

  • Taking advantage of our amazing outdoor environment


We make sure children can learn by:

  • Offering 1:1 support, including pastoral interventions

  • Making sure that behaviour is consistent across school

  • Creating a calm and positive environment


Impact – What difference are we making?

  • We are proud of our behaviour in school

  • Children’s attitudes to learning are very positive

  • Our progress in the core subjects (reading, writing and maths) is improving but we want to get even better!

  • We are proud of the work we do considering our big questions


Progression of Skills

 It is vital that the teaching and learning of the key skills and knowledge is built upon every year. We have identified the key skills and knowledge we want to teach and have set this out in skills progression documents and knowledge organisers. You can find more detail about this on the curriculum page for each subject.

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