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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is underpinned by the Essentials Curriculum by Chris Quigley. The Essentials Curriculum sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. It also provides progress measures for all subjects through the mastery of threshold concepts.

Threshold Concepts to shape thinking within each subject as threads throughout our curriculum. The same Threshold Concepts will be explored in every year group, with progression of concepts over time. Pupils will gradually increase their understanding of the concepts, exploring them within the context of the breadth of study and our school priorities.

One of the main reasons we chose this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means allowing children to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill when they have not truly mastered

Our curriculum provides a progressive and appropriately sequenced structure to help our children  develop subject specific knowledge and skills to prepare them well for the next stages of their education. The curriculum builds progressively on from the learning in the Foundation Stage. The milestones (Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2) that are built into our curriculum compliment the delivery of the ten priorities of our curriculum, which you can read further down this page.

Unicef Rights of the Child

A strong rights-respecting approach is embedded into our curriculum.

Article 23: You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life.

Article 28: You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

If you would like to ask us more about the curriculum, you can contact the school on 0116 2661408.

Ten Priorities for our Curriculum to Deliver:

We make sure our curriculum has a strong focus on these ten areas, which we believe are really important for the children at our school. 

  • Wellbeing (mental health, bereavement, rights)
  • Character (resilience, independence, kindness, raising aspirations, social skills, manners)
  • Vocabulary (speaking and listening, reading for pleasure)
  • Nature (science, growing, wildlife, ECO)
  • Problem-solving (reasoning)
  • Enrichment (art, music, PE, clubs)
  • Life skills (cooking, business/ money management)
  • Keeping safe and healthy (first aid, prevent, e-safety, obesity and tooth decay, self-care)
  • Computing  (new technology)
  • The World (Knowledge of Leicester and the world beyond and our responsibilities)
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