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Cutnall Green Curriculum Statement

At Cutnall Green we believe in providing children with a broad, balanced curriculum which both provides first hand experiences and builds on children’s prior knowledge.

In Key Stage 1 we use a range of approaches to teach phonics and reading. We use Letters and Sounds as our basis and supplement this by using a range of other resources, dependent on the needs of each class.

The curriculum content for each year group can be accessed in the 'National Curriculum' section below.


Our Curriculum Approach:


Through our creative curriculum we develop children’s abilities, interests and potential in order to prepare them for the next stage in their lives. We use a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the ways in which children learn in order to foster engagement, motivation and creativity.

Core Principles

Our curriculum has 10 core principles at its heart. These are:

 A thematic approach
 Direct experience placed at the centre

Examples of Topic Webs:
Space Topic web Rainforest topic web
Romans Topic Web Olympics Topic Web

 National Curriculum coverage
 Coverage of key skills that we have chosen to match the needs of our pupils
 Using a variety of resources
 Quality first teaching and learning
 Improving standards
 Children taking ownership of their learning
 Preparing children for the next stage in their education and their future lives


The rest of this document takes each of this principles in turn and explains in more detail our approach to providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum

A Thematic Approach

Each class follows a theme per half term. These has a focus subject base e.g. history/ geography and also encompasses other areas to enable children to see connections between their learning.

For 2014-15 the themes were:


  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Early Years Babies and play Families Transport Space Gardens Seaside

Years 1/2/3 Countryside Journeys Into the past... Once upon a time... Buildings
Global Gardens
Year 4 Extreme Weather Dinosaurs Explore Planet Earth Romans Africa Victorians

Direct Experience Placed at the Centre

We believe that direct experience is essential for children to put their learning in context and develop skills for life. Direct experiences may include visitors, local walks or a visit to a place linked to the theme. Previous experiences have included trips to museums, churches, castles and farms. We are very lucky to have a varied local environment and we are often able to use outdoor learning to enhance the children's learning. We aim to make outcomes of topics meaningful and purposeful. Recent examples include a Dragon Graduation Day and Castle Banquet.

National Curriculum coverage

We approach the introduction of a new National Curriculum in September 2014 as an opportunity to develop the curriculum to suit the needs of our pupils. We have been reviewing our provision to incorporate the National Curriculum and will do so again at the end of the academic year. We aim to be innovative in our practice to provide contextualised, stimulating learning opportunities which allow all our children to access learning.

Please see the National Curriculum documents for more details.

National Curriculum Overviews

Key Skills

We want children to become:

Team Workers
Resilient and reflective learners.
Independent Enquirers
Creative Thinkers
Self Managers

Using a variety of resources/Quality first teaching and learning

Planning includes a range of resources that are used for each theme. These may include artefacts, imaginary experiences, outdoor learning, books and ICT tools. We encourage children to research using a range of sources and chose different ways to present their learning. Teachers are encouraged to use a range of teaching approaches and try new ideas.

Quality first teaching and learning means that all children have the highest possible standard of teaching and their learning is valued, evaluated and used to enable excellent progress.

Improved standards/Children taking ownership of their learning

We promote children taking ownership of their learning in a number of ways. We regularly monitor our themes and begin each one by asking the children what they would like to find out and how they could do this. Displays in classrooms and around the school show examples of high quality work and are engaging. Our Learning Log approach to homework means that children are able to extend their learning with family at home and this gives them a chance to talk about how learning relates to life outside school.

We want all of our children to become good learners and use the following principles in all classes:

Preparing children for the next stage in their education and their future lives

We work closely with the local schools to ensure that children have a smooth transition to their next stage in education. We believe that our approach of using the National Curriculum together with Key Skills enables our children to become confident, independent learners and this will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Equal Opportunities:

The school ethos recognises that equal opportunities encompass gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, disability, age, sexuality, religion and special educational needs. Children are all treated fairly and are given equal opportunity to take part in activities across the whole school curriculum. Equality is an important part of the planning and teaching of all lessons. When planning work for children with special educational needs we give due regard to information and targets contained in the children’s Individual Education Plan We have high expectations of all children and we believe that the principles of equality underpin work and life through the school.

How have you been a good learner- we help children to reflect on their learning by linking it to the following behaviours:

Positive attitude ‘I can do it!’

Be curious, ask questions.

Always trying your best.

Not being afraid to get things wrong.

Perseverance, being determined.

Asking when you really need help.

Being able to share ideas.

Making links with what you already know.

Being a good listener.

Having good concentration.

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Cutnall Green C of E Primary School
School Lane
Cutnall Green
01299 851256