Our Broad and Balanced Curriculum

Here at Nailsworth C of E Primary School we have developed a curriculum designed to promote a love of learning in all children. We believe in appropriately challenging children, balancing what they need to learn with how they learn.

Our children are at the centre of this broad and balanced curriculum. The school curriculum is designed to ensure that each topic has a clear intent, so that our children are fully immersed in knowledge, vocabulary and experiences relevant to them and the world we live in. We believe this education should empower each child to flourish. We support our children to be ambitious for themselves, whether that is within in the school community, as part of the local community, in the wider community and even globally.

We carefully plan and sequence learning and topics throughout the year so that the knowledge our children have gained is revisited, consolidated and enhanced within each year and over their primary years. We call this continuous provision.

Through this approach, our children are inspired to:

  • Flourish as active, excited learners;
  • Develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness;
  • Embrace a lifelong love of learning;
  • Advance their reading, writing, language and maths expertise;
  • Develop personal values of respect for themselves and for the views and opinions of others;
  • Grow a sense of appreciation and involvement with the environment locally, nationally and globally;
  • Develop a fuller understanding and knowledge of Christianity in our global world, as well as the exploring the beliefs of other faiths. 

Subjects

The themed curriculum encompasses all of the National Curriculum subjects:

English

Visit our English page to find out how we engage children in reading, writing, spelling and grammar to create a love of literature and language.

Mathematics

Visit out Mathematics page to read about how we make Mathematics an enjoyable and exciting subject, children can learn with confidence and understanding. Children are given a firm base in the traditional skills, as well as being provided with practical applications and areas of expertise. 

Religious Education

Visit our R.E. page to read all about how R.E. is taught at Nailsworth Primary School. We work alongside St. George’s Church, Gloucester Cathedral and other local churches to make Christianity on accessible, challenging and reflective learning opportunity. Collective worship is an important part of our daily assemblies and the children enjoy worship through song.

Physical Education

Visit our P.E. page to read all about the wide range of sporting activities our children have the opportunity to take part in at Nailsworth Primary School. 

Personal, Social, Health Education

Visit our PSHE page to read all about how we teach children about personal, social and health topics 

I.C.T.

We provide children with the opportunities to become independent computer users able to work with a range of common computer programmes, from work processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software through to composition of music and film making. Our approach is to teach skills withing ICT lessons and then give children the chance to use the skills, where appropriate, across the whole curriculum. Children have access to classroom computers every day and laptops are scheduled in the classroom every week.

Science

We encourage children to explore and learn more about their environment through activities  and develop their ability to observe, question, investigate and record discoveries. We are keen to encourage enquiring minds and a scientific approach to problem solving.

Design Technology

Children are taught a variety of skills, which involve working with a range of different materials and foods using appropriate tools. They are encouraged to undertake practical solving of problems.

Geography

Children develop geographical skills, including map work, gain knowledge of local and distant places and understand environmental phenomena such as weather. Various methods of activity are encouraged including practical and technological, with an emphasis placed on first hand experience where possible.

History

Historical resources and visits are used to encourage children’s interest in significant historical periods. Children learn to make simple use of evidence and develop an idea of both the distant and more recent past.

Music

All pupils take part in singing practice and are introduced to a variety of music making activities. Many inspiring musicians visit the school and children take part in various concerts. Additional music tuition is organised for those children who would like to learn an instrument – e.g. recorder, guitar and drums – and there are opportunities for children to perform in assemblies and concerts.

Art

Children are presented with a variety of experiences and materials to develop their artistic skill and appreciation. Basic techniques of 2D and 3D working are taught and developed throughout the school. These are incorporated in topic work and big art displays. Artists regularly visit the school for specific projects and exhibitions.