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Our Curriculum

If you require further information regarding the curriculum we teach, please speak with your class teacher.

Curriculum Intent

Our ‘person centered’ ethos is at the heart of everything we do and tailors our curriculum to our community.  Our ambitious curriculum has been designed to take into account the legal requirements of the Primary National Curriculum alongside the multi-cultural community we serve.  It exposes out children to enriching experiences and opportunities to develop a real love of learning and achieve their very best.  

The key principles behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:

  • Be confident, independent and resilient
  • Think creatively, critically and collaboratively
  • Solve problems and generate solutions
  • Be kind, value diversity and be culturally knowledgeable about the world
  • Have aspirations for the future and know that these can be reached through hard work and determination
  • Achieve academically across the entire curriculum, meeting at least the national expectation by the end of their primary education
  • Be well prepared for the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.

Ultimately we want all of our children to enjoy, achieve and value all, not just at school but across the world they live in.


Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is a bespoke curriculum, which has been designed around the specific needs of our pupils and is continually changing in response to our pupils’ changing needs. Our school staff are reflective practitioners, they consider what works and what does not.


Children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours to maximise their own individual learning potential as well as contribute to the school and wider community.  Our 6R leaves allow us to reward the behaviours we strive to develop.  We have high expectations of attendance, academic achievement and pupil behaviour.  We are committed to working in partnership with parents, as we believe that when home and school work closely together we get the best outcomes for our pupils.  For this reason, we also work collaboratively with local schools and the community around us.


We believe that our fundamental task is to teach our children to speak clearly and articulately and to read and write effectively.  Philosophy for Children has strengthened the children’s verbal skills and enabled them to speak confidently whether they agree or disagree with what has been said.  Reading across all curriculum areas is a priority to extend and deepen pupils understanding and use of vocabulary. We want pupils to develop a love of reading during their time at Minet and the use of the school library and class shared texts are pivotal to this.


In order to raise aspirations and equip children with a real belief that they can achieve anything if they are prepared to work hard, it is imperative that we prioritise person centred learning within our curriculum.  Our pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities, which promote personal safety and pupil voice with pupils being actively involved in whole school decision making through the school council, rights respecting ambassadors and jigsaw buddies.


Continuing Professional Development for all staff is a priority to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the highest standards across the entire curriculum. Music, French, art and sports specialists work alongside teaching staff to enhance curriculum delivery. Subject Leaders have the necessary expertise to play a pivotal role in both the design and delivery of their subject area; ensuring a clear progression of both skills and knowledge across all year groups, underpinned by a robust assessment system. They can confidently articulate how learning is re-visited and developed year-on-year, to ensure a real depth of learning right across the school.



As a result of our curriculum, most children who leave our school:

  • demonstrate confidence, independence and resilience
  • think creatively, critically and collaboratively
  • are able to form meaningful relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well
  • have access to a wide and varied curriculum, allowing each of them to excel as individuals and be the best they can be
  • achieve at least the expected standard across the entire curriculum by the end of Key Stage Two
  • are well prepared to access the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.
  • have aspirations for the future and know that these can be realised with hard work and determination.
  • grow up being able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.
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