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Through our curriculum we aim to excite & engage pupils and equip them with knowledge & skills to improve life chances. We aim to provide an interesting, broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to our pupils and develops lifelong learners through practical first hand experiences.


The Curriculum at Old Cleeve


At Old Cleeve we follow the 2014 National Curriculum (please see the parent's guide above for a more detailed explanation). Our staff have been trained to plan a broad and balanced enquiry-led curriculum that engages and inspires pupils to learn new skills and acquire plenty of knowledge. We want our children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others.  Most of all, we want our children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face life in modern Britain.


Our curriculum aims to use the rich and varied history, geography and heritage of our local community. We aim to go out into the local community as often as possible but also invite the local community in to support the learning of our children. The enquiries that are explored and taught are progressive across year groups, ensuring a progression in skills year on year, whilst ensuring that content of the National Curriculum is covered.


In Reception class the teaching follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum based upon the children’s interests. Because of this it will vary from year to year.  Yearly Overviews are available by clicking on the links below. If you have any further questions about what your child is learning then please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.


What is an Enquiry-led Curriculum?

We are supported by the ‘Curious City’ approach developed by ‘Lighting up Learning.’ Enquiry-led learning provides learners with a big question. Through careful planning and assessment teachers help children to develop knowledge and skills to answer the big question. Each enquiry finishes with a challenge that children complete independently using the knowledge and skills developed and acquired over the duration of the enquiry.


At Old Cleeve the emphasis is on children learning, not simply being taught subjects. Each enquiry is based around key states of being such as scientists, engineers, philosophers and geographers. Children are encouraged to become and act like scientists, geographers etc to give children the active and real experience of being such occupations.   


Each term we provide parents with an overview of enquiries and the topics to be covered in their child's class.  Parents may then wish to talk about these topics at home with their child, or perhaps arrange a family outing to increase awareness and understanding of a subject. 


Geographers  •  Scientists  •  Musicians  •  Authors  •  Philosophers  •  Mathematicians  Artists  •  Engineers  •  Historians


Extra Curricular Opportunities


Children are also encouraged to involve themselves in one of the many extra curricular activities on offer. Pupils grow and learn through their individual interests and talents, which are often pivotal in developing self-esteem and pride. By discovering an ability in one area, pupils develop the confidence to aim higher in others. As well as striving for excellence in individual areas, our children enjoy the breadth of opportunity which helps them become well rounded individuals. 

Our brass band

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