Our Curriculum



The School curriculum is designed around our school ethos:

Care, Support, Aspire, Achieve


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The Power of Learning

Children are taught the importance of:

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Through these skills, the children can investigate, explore, question and develop their ideas.  It is against these elements that the children can assess their work, attitude to learning and next steps.

  • To Persevere – work hard, be resilient, aspire and set targets and enjoy a challenge
  • To communicate – listen, question, discuss, negotiate, write, draw and act
  • To be Creative – to investigate, explore, work through a problem, magpie ideas, use their imagination, be different
  • To Reflect – think through a problem, discuss an issue, explore other solutions, consider other people’s views and talk about ways to improve, think how things could be different

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Slimbridge School Curriculum

 At Slimbridge Primary School we follow the 2014 Primary National Curriculum using a thematic approach. We use a skills-based framework that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum, thus ensuring comprehensive coverage of national expectations. To deliver this curriculum, our teachers plan imaginative topics to provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. We use the Focus Education Progression materials to ensure that skills build as the children develop.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imaginations and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides challenges throughout the academic year; these require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

The curriculum is planned to engage children:

  • gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school;
  • to observe and question;
  • develop spoken and written language skills;
  • improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic;
  • develop, practise and apply skills;
  • investigate and explore, including in the written form;
  • celebrate their achievements and have fun!

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core skills and knowledge, and under the 2014 Primary National Curriculum, this is supplemented by the Local Curriculum. This uses a school’s local environment to make the children’s learning relevant to them. Our curriculum will be delivered, where possible, through topics that link to the children’s own experience and locality.

The key questions that decide ‘Our Local Perspective’ are:

  • What can we learn from where we live?
  • How can we care for our environment?
  • What is our place in the world?

We plan topics to reflect our children’s interests, local history, places of interest and specific needs. (These needs and interests may change as we regularly reflect upon our teaching as part of our school evaluation process.) We aim to provide a broad and challenging curriculum that promotes spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development and that prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  Slimbridge Primary School will focus on the local history of our area, including Bristol, the Scott family, WWT and Edward Jenner, as well as looking at our local environment, particularly the River Severn and how it has impacted on the landscape. 

At Slimbridge, we believe in developing our children’s understanding of the wider world and giving them a chance to ‘aspire’ for the future. Children’s aspirations can be as simple as becoming a ‘free’ reader or as ambitious as becoming a future Olympic Champion!  Finally, we are committed to developing the children’s resilience and perseverance through our outdoor learning at Forest Schools and during playtimes (See Forest Schools and OPAL)

Much of the children’s learning is delivered through topics (see the Topic Cycles). All subjects will be woven into each topic and further information is available on each class page.  However, we plan for each subject’s knowledge and skills separately.  Sometimes it is not possible to link all the skills and subject knowledge to the topics being taught; in this case we plan stand-alone topics or topic events, like a STEM day. 

Non-Core Subjects

All non-core subjects are planned from the National Curriculum and our Local Curriculum, the Topics taught can be seen in the ‘Class Plans’ page.  We look carefully at what we expect the children to learn and how we teach this. We identify the skills, knowledge and values that can be taught within a topic, build in repetition to embed learning and assessment of what the children have learnt.  Importantly, we look at ways to revisit skills and knowledge for those children who have not embedded the learning.