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Brimscombe C of E Primary School

Brimscombe C of E Primary School

Do your best for yourself and each other

Our School Curriculum

What is a Curriculum?

A school  curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education in our school. There are three important strands to our curriculum, how it is designed, delivered and evaluated.  These three strands  come under the headings of

Intent: what we are trying to achieve and the rationale behind what we teach

Implementation: How subjects and content are taught

Impact: How the curriculum is evaluated and its impact on the pupils. 

Our School Curriculum Intent:

We have a vibrant and ambitious curriculum planned and delivered to teach each National curriculum subject to the highest standard, to incorporate the school's values for life and to meet the priorities of the whole school community. 

The school has undertaken an extensive consultation to gauge  what the whole school community felt was important for our pupils to know ( knowledge) and to be able to do ( skills) by the time they left our school. In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Gloucestershire agreed syllabus for Religious Education what was important to the school community is outlined below loosely grouped into themes. 


Self belief- Confidence - Independence& using initiative

Taking responsibility

Having a positive approach to challenges


Physical safety- first aid- emergency services- road/water/rail/drugs/alcohol

Online safety/ Social media awareness


Presenting- debating- negotiating

Listening skills



Resolving conflict

Tolerating others views

Working in groups


Healthy lifestyle- diet/exercise/sleep

Mental wellbeing- self control- relaxation


Understanding of other countries and ethnic groups

The story of modern Britain and its people

Other faiths and cultures

 Life skills

Self Organisation

Time management

Financial management/ Debt

Self care


Local / National History

Britain’ place in the world

Democracy- how the country works – the law


 happening in the world

Current events

Local-National- Global issues 


Love of reading

Practical skills – making/fixing /cooking

Our challenge is to implement a curriculum that covers these issues and that matches our Curriculum vision of providing an inclusive, challenging and real-world curriculum that inspires  innovators and problem solvers and supports all  our pupils in becoming  ambitious, skilled and confident life-long  learners. 

Curriculum Implementation 

Our curriculum runs on a two year cycle. The year starts with a week all about learning and how to make the  most out of school. The school year is then split into 3 main topics with the final week of the year used for reflection. 

The topics are planned  with input from the children and we ensure coverage of the skills and knowledge within the National Curriculum. Each subject is planned with a key concept and driving questions for the children to investigate through the topic. Each topic finishes with a celebration of learning for parents and members of the community to come and and share in what the children have learnt. 

Curriculum Impact:

 The impact of our curriculum is evaluated regularly and in many different ways: end of key stage national tests, regular formative assessment in class, pupil conferencing, parent conferencing, work scrutiny and learning observations. 

The school's Values 

The schools values for life are very much part of the school curriculum.  Regular learning experiences are planned so that the values of; kindness, respect, courage, responsibility and friendship are understood by the children. Each term children do activities based around a value to make the values more tangible.

Skills for learning

Alongside the values for life the school supports five skills for learning. These are referenced and promoted through all learning from youngest to the eldest child. The skills for learning are; aim high, persevere, focus, reflect and collaborate.

School Motto 'Do your best for yourself and each other' is our school motto, which was chosen by the children and stakeholders. It is something we all try our hardest to live by. Our aim, as individuals and collectively, is to do our best in every context and to support each other as much as we can for the common good. This is as true of all staff at the school as well as the children. 

The year group topic overviews can be found on the class pages as well as photos and stories  about what the children have done. 

Brimscombe Hill, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2QR

01453 882474

For hard copies please contact Mrs S Newman in the office