Cranham C of E School Curriculum

Cranham C of E Primary School Curriculum Intent

Cranham C of E Primary School Curriculum Statement 2016

Belong Aspire Achieve

Our Vision is:

  • To ensure all our children feel valued and that they respect and value all others within a strong Christian foundation

  • To give all children the passion to love learning, the confidence to take risks and the aspiration to embrace new challenges



Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.


Curriculum aims

  • Inspire children to develop a love of learning. 

  • Embed knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare pupils for further learning and productive adulthood.

  • Take learning beyond the classroom.

  • Develop pupils to become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development.

  • Build confidence and motivation within our pupils.

  • Nurture pupils so that they fully understand the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance.

  • Enable pupils to use their acquired skills and knowledge to observe, question and think.

  • Teach pupils to value themselves and others, their views, cultures and beliefs.


Curriculum Provision at Cranham C of E Primary School


At Cranham C of E school we aim to deliver the curriculum through meaningful contexts. Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects learning is linked, lessons are taught using a cross-curricular approach. Topics are enhanced by visitors and school trips. Where meaningful links not achievable subjects are taught discretely. The rehearsal and application of basic knowledge, skills and understanding, learned within the core curriculum subjects, are drivers for the entire curriculum. Alongside our whole school topic we offer a detailed age related Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme.


For 2016-17 children will be taught in three classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon. English, phonics, guided reading mathematics and science will be taught in the three class structure.


From 2016-17 we have chosen to link our topics to our school values to enable our children to develop a set of traits, attributes and behaviours such as: perseverance, resilience and grit; confidence and optimism; motivation, drive and ambition; neighbourliness and community spirit; tolerance and respect; honesty, integrity and dignity; conscientiousness, curiosity and focus. We see these as a robust set of skills and attributes that will enable children and young people to confidently face life’s challenges and opportunities, now and in a fast-changing future.


The whole school topics for 2016-17 were:

Autumn: Courage

Spring: Respect

Summer: Generosity

Whole school topics for 2017 -18


Autumn: Perseverance

Spring: Service

Summer: Trust


Our other school values are compassion, friendship, forgiveness, justice , service, trust, and truthfulness. These will be topic foci over the next three years


We believe our local environment enhances our curriculum and good use of the outdoor environment is made to support children in all phases and all areas of their learning.


The school holds a daily act of worship that includes visits from the 'Open the Book' team and the local minster.


In Reception, the school closely follows the government guidelines “Development Matters”.

Within this, all areas of learning and development are connected to one another and are broken down into Prime areas and Specific areas


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development


  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Fundamental to learning in reception are the characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Active learning- motivation

  • Creating and thinking critically – thinking

We believe that these building blocks to effective learning continue to be developed throughout the school and into adult life

The school’s The Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014). It is enhanced with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum.

Religious Education is delivered through the Religious Education in Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus release in the summer of 2017. From January 2017 'Understanding Christianity' material has been used to teach aspects of Christianity . This coincides with training provided by Gloucestershire diocese.


Schemes of work used by the school to support teaching and learning

Phonics : Jolly Phonics, Mr MC Making memories and Letters and Sounds

Mathematics: White Rose resources and NCETM mastery resources

English: Alan Peat resources and Pobble

PSCHE: The Pink Curriculum and Seal resources

Languages: / German with Felix and Franzi



Information on the new curriculum can be found here.



Link to Key Stage 1 and National Curriculum can be found here.

Link to the Gloucerstershire Diocese RE curriculum can be found here.