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Curriculum Statement


1. What we want for our young people


Our curriculum vision for the children at Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School is to provide opportunities so that our children:

  • Will be creative, energetic and enterprising
  • Aspire to reach challenging targets
  • Will be confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners
  • Will be inspired to seize opportunities offered by our school, technologies, knowledge and friendships to secure a future for themselves and their community
  • Develop a set of values that enable them to live full and satisfying lives confident in their own abilities

The vision will be for every subject leader to be responsible for the standards in each subject area, leading the underlying premise that the development of language underpins children’s progress at Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School. Language and literacy provide us with the building blocks not just for academic success, but for fulfilling careers and rewarding lives. The language gap will be addressed through pre-teach and deliberate language choices in the classroom environment. Displayed language will form part of the conversation in school and be evident throughout.



2. Foundations of our curriculum


The principles set out below embody beliefs about what is important and desirable in Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School curriculum. These principles put the children at the centre of teaching and learning, asserting that they should experience a curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive and seeks to develop communication and language skills so that support and intervention makes an impact.

  • Quality First Teaching

Teaching and learning underpins all that we do here at Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School. Quality first teaching (QFT) aims to engage and support the learning of all children and young people, and places a strong focus on pupil participation in learning.

  • Communication and language development

The curriculum explicitly focuses on language development and this is evident in planning, assessment, pre-teach activities, classroom and school environment. Each year group will demonstrate how they will ensure there is progression in children’s spoken and written language


  • High expectations

The curriculum supports and empowers all children to learn and achieve personal excellence, inclusive of all abilities.

  • Community Engagement

The curriculum has meaning for children, connecting with their wider lives and engaging the support of their local and national communities.

  • Inclusive

The curriculum will ensure that children’s identities, languages, abilities and talents are recognised and affirmed and that each child’s learnings needs are addressed.

  • Engaging

Each topic begins with a stunning start and a fantastic finish to inspire children and their families. Topics will be planned so that lessons are interactive, fun to teach and fire our children’s imaginations with context driven problem solving.




3. To be encouraged, modelled and explored


Values are deeply held beliefs about what is important or desirable. They are expressed through the ways in which people think and act.

Every decision relating to curriculum and every interaction that takes place in a school reflects the values of the individual involved and the collective values of our school.

The values on the list below enjoy widespread support because it is by holding these values and acting on them that we are able to live together and thrive. The language and skills associated with each value is focussed upon so that the values form part of the conversation wherever you are in school. The list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive but these are the values that every child and adult connected with Bulwell St Mary’s C of E Primary School decided upon as a focus.

We are all encouraged to value:


  • Respect
  • Manners
  • Consideration
  • Teamwork
  • Honesty
  • Reflection
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Formulating questions
  • Imagination
  • Decision making
  • Forgiveness
  • Empathy
  • Acceptance
  • Active listening
  • Friendship
  • Co-operation
  • Negotiation
  • Sharing
  • Courage
  • Resilience
  • Risk taking
  • Self confidence

Through the curriculum children will learn about:

  • Their own values an those of others
  • Different kinds of values, such as moral, social, cultural, aesthetic and economic values
  • The British Values in which Britain’s cultural and institutional values are based:
  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs