Renishaw Primary School


Curriculum Statement

The Curriculum of the school is broad and balanced. Great emphasis is placed on planning the curriculum so that there is continuity and progression, challenge and pace. A major part of the school’s curriculum is the National Curriculum which consists of the key subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. These are further enhanced through the teaching of Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Religious Education; and Relationship, Social, Health and Emotional Education (PSHE)..

The core subjects receive a lot of time throughout the year. Foundation subjects are planned across the year and some areas take greater priority in certain terms but balance is achieved throughout the school year.

Building a strong sense of community, is vital for our children in order for them to expand their knowledge of the countries, cultures and landscapes beyond Renishaw.   We affirm that working and learning together is vital to build social and cultural cohesion and to become kind, empathetic and compassionate citizens who value diversity. 

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is organised into thematic half termly topics which weave together key activities, meeting both the National Curriculum expectations and reinforcing threshold concepts across the years, with key milestones that build on development year by year. Opportunities for learning essential skills founded on reading are woven through the curriculum on a continuous basis.

We plan for developing key vocabulary in each term, as well as defining ‘sticky knowledge’ and using identified key texts to support and underpin the learning. We ask key questions and plan for a range of shared learning outcomes to give our learning purpose.

We are beginning to develop how we continually assess how effective learning has been and the impact it has had on future development, through quizzes, poster activities, presentations and other shared learning outcomes.

Curriculum Impact 

Our curriculum places our children's learning at the core and allows them to make connections in their knowledge, skills and understanding that are vital across all subjects.

At Renishaw Primary, we want our children to be fully prepared for the next stage of their education and to become life-long learners. We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding age-related expectations.  We want our children will be fully prepared for their next stage of education and ready to contribute positively to society as a whole.

Our work on promoting social skills, including values, resilience and well-being enables the children to become the very best that they can be. 

We aim to provide memorable, enjoyable and stimulating learning opportunities for our pupils and to involve parents where possible with our thematic ideas, through class newsletters, INSPIRE workshops and opportunities to spend the morning in school to see the progression of subjects,

The Primary Curriculum is divided into the following subject areas:

Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Computing

Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Relationship, Social and Health Education and Physical Education, Modern Foreign Llanguages

At Renishaw, we are always seeking to innovate where appropriate and to maintain and provide the best in primary curriculum possible.

The schemes or resources listed below form a part of the teaching in these subjects and are based on National Curriculum entitlements, although these are supplemented by other approaches or plans.

Phonics – Little Wandle 

Reading Scheme – Big Cat (linked to Little Wandle)

Maths - White Rose

RE - Kapow

Computing - Kapow

RSHE - DCC scheme PSHE Matters

PE – Qualitas Sport

Music – Kapow

Science – PLAN from the Primary Science Teaching Trust

History - Kapow

Geography – Kapow

Art - Kapow

Design and Technology - Kapow

At Renishaw Primary, our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning; provide first-hand learning experiences; allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. It is fundamental for all of our children to believe that they are unique, valuable and capable of success 

At Renishaw Primary we aim to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.  We want our children to articulate their knowledge with confidence, using a wide range of appropriate and ambitious vocabulary with precision. 

Children leave our school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners. 

 Early Years to Key Stage 1 Bridge Document.