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Brimscombe CE VA Primary School

Brimscombe CE VA Primary School

Do your best for yourself and each other

Our School Curriculum

What is a Curriculum?

Our 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 and organisation behind what we teach

Implementation: How subjects and content are taught, how lessons are structured 

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

Our School Curriculum Intent:

Our school is ambitious for all our pupils. We deliver a vibrant, forward thinking and broad  curriculum full of opportunities and experiences. We teach each National Curriculum subject to the highest standard, incorporate the school's values for life and endeavour to meet the priorities of the whole school community. 

Throughout the school curriculum we promote community cohesion and generate a respect for difference and individual rights.

The school curriculum is planned on a two-year cycle. Children's knowledge and skills build sequentially through the years.  The school curriculum was reviewed in January 2020 and after a trial in the Spring and Summer terms it will be fully implemented in September 2020. 

Our Curriculum Overview

You can download the overview at the bottom of the page and click on the tabs for more information about individual subjects. 

Values for life:

The school's 5 values for life are taught and referenced throughout the year. The school's values are at the heart of all we do. 

Kindness   Courage   Responsibility   Friendship    Respect

British Values 

The fundamental British Values of tolerance, individual liberty and the rule of law are taught as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic education curriculum ( PSHE). 

The Voice of the school community 

The school has undertaken an extensive consultation to listen to what is important to the children, staff, the Christian community and parents of the school.  They were asked what was important to them and these ideas have been incorporated into the curriculum overview. 


Self belief- Confidence - Independence& using initiative

Taking responsibility- managing time 


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

Online safety/ Social media awareness


Presenting- debating- negotiating



Resolving conflict

Tolerating others views

Working in groups


Healthy lifestyle- diet/exercise/sleep

Mental wellbeing


Understanding of other countries and ethnic groups

The story of modern Britain and its people

Other faiths and cultures

 Life skills

Self Organisation

Financial management/ Debt

Self care



Local / National History

Britain's place in the world

Democracy- how the country works – the law

 What'shappening in the world

Current events

Local-National- Global issues 

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. We have moved away from the traditional 'topic' approach and teach subjects discreetly finding when links when appropriate.  

The topics are planned  to  ensure the coverage of skills and knowledge within the National Curriculum.  To support our children making connections between subjects and making sense of concepts we use the acronym LINKS. This means that periodically children learn how something: 

Language- What words are associated with the learning 

Individual- How it links to them as an individual 

Now- How it links to something now in the present day 

Knowledge- What facts pupils need understand

Something else- How the block od learning links to something else they know

Using LINKS helps our learners make connections that lead to better understanding

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.  Standards of attainment & progress are reported to parents and carers 6 times a year  once per term) to keep families aware of how their children are doing. Ultimately we hope that the impact of our curriculum matches our aims and supports our children in being ready for the next stage in their education. 

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 carry out do activities based around a value to make the values more tangible and relevant to their lives. 

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. 


We believe reading is the bedrock of learning.  Reading starts with phonics using letters and sounds as well as Jolly Phonics.  As the children get more competent they can begin to choose their own books. We don't use a reading 'scheme,' but have access to 'accelerated reader,' where children take a quiz on their reading book to check understanding. The benefit of accelerated dreader is that the choice of books for children is very wide.  Teachers regularly read to children and time is made during the week for reading for pleasure. 

The year group topic overviews, timetables and spelling & Maths can be found on the class pages. To get  a feel for the variety of what we do have a look at the class blogs on each class page.


Brimscombe Hill, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2QR

01453 882474

For hard copies please contact Mrs S Newman in the office