Curriculum Overview

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’

Nelson Mandela

Latest news April 2021:
As part of our school improvement journey, we are reviewing our curriculum design and continuing to develop and refine all national curriculum subjects. We are aiming to ensure that subject leaders have a clear understanding of not only the knowledge that must be covered, but also the skills progression through the school and the 'core concepts' which thread throughout each subject. We are working with Little Pips Nursery to ensure there is continuity and progression from the youngest years. We are  working tirelessly to ensure 'knowledge is sticky' and that children 'know more and remember more'. Finally we are refining how we assess each subject against the curriculum we are teaching. Please see the draft document below for an overview of our ambitious curriculum. More details to follow. We are excited and passionate about these plans. so please contact us if you would like to find out more.

Curriculum Intent

‘Caring, Curious and Confident’ 

‘Healthy trees bearing good fruit’ – Matthew 7 v 17

At Curry Rivel Church of England Primary School we nurture our children to become ‘Caring, Curious and Confident’ young people. This vision underpins our enquiry-based curriculum. Building on these core Christian values of hope, thankfulness, forgiveness, courage and love we care for each other and our world. We develop resilience, confidence, creativity and independence through our innovative and diverse curriculum, inspiring and motivating everyone to thrive.

The core intention of our curriculum is for our children to develop a deep body of knowledge and skills through engaging and memorable learning experiences which encourage all children to ask ‘big’ questions and develop independence and resilience in their learning.


Children will learn through a thematic, enquiry-based curriculum that still maintains the integrity of subject disciplines. Some subject discplines are taught discretely E.g. RE and Science, but curricular links are made where possible. The curriculum will support children to develop a very rich vocabulary. Through clear, planned progression, the curriculum has woven knowledgeskills throughout all the enquiries studied. The curriculum has strong links with the local area and the UK and makes links to significant people and places within the locality. 


Our curriculum prepares children to live in their world and to be able to contribute as knowledgeable and responsible citizens. Christian values and British values are integral to our curriculum and contribute to the legacy that we give to the world through the generations of children who are ‘Caring, Curious and Confident’ at our school. All of our children are entitled to an education that builds cultural capital and gives them the chance to access the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.



We teach the National Curriculum through ‘Learning Enquiries’, six per year in Reception and Key Stage One and three per year in Key Stage Two. We have a rolling programme; below is the programme for 2020/2021:







Same roots but different leaves


Colours colours everywhere

Wish it, dream it, do it


Rumble in the jungle


Sun, Sea, Sand and seaweed


All things bright and beautiful

Key Stage One

Where our wellies take us…


A long time ago

Stomp, chomp and romp!


Roots, shoots and juicy fruits

Secrets of the sea


Shiver me timber

Key Stage Two

Anglo Saxons


Somerset Submerged



Going for Gold



The impact of our curriculum will be measured by ascertaining how much children know and can do from one learning enquiry to the next. We will evaluate what knowledge and understanding our children have gained against age related expectations.


‘Learning is defined as an alteration in long term memory. If nothing has been altered in long-term memory-nothing has been learned’ – Sweller et al


Assessment will be part of everyday classroom practice combining a responsive teaching approach with time given to children to make improvements and correct misconceptions. At the end of each learning enquiry a dedicated week is allocated for summative assessments which will include nationalised tests, quizzes and the use of tools like ‘Double Page Spreads’.



At Curry Rivel Primary we aim to support children to become confident, fluent and independent readers with a love of books that will last a lifetime. We will achieve this through:

  • A whole school approach to phonics teaching and the provision of high quality ‘Big Cat Phonics’ books for children to read.
  • Following the DfE recommended scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’ in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • The implementation of ’Accelerated Reader’ alongside high quality books to motivate readers and build-in practice of comprehension skills.
  • Whole class guided reading sessions focussing on a range of comprehension skills (We use the ‘Reading Dogs’ for this).
  • Sharing high quality literature across the curriculum.
  • Supporting pupils who are working below age related expectations in reading with interventions such as ILI.



At Curry Rivel Church of England Primary we recognise that understanding different religions and belief systems has an important part to play in a child's all-round development. A high quality religious education (RE) curriculum is essential to meet the statutory requirement for all maintained schools to teach a broad and balanced curriculum. We follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education as well as referring to that produced by the Diocesan Education Authority. We use the Church of England ‘Understanding Christianity’ approach for two thirds of the RE curriculum; one third of RE is focussed on other faiths and beliefs.



For details of coverage for maths, literacy and all the foundation subjects, please see the subject tabs.



Each class has a curriculum overview for the year. These can be found below.



Termly class newsletters  give parents further detail and these can be found on the class pages, along with knowledge organisers.