Our Broad and Balanced Curriculum is designed to:

  • be learner centred and always have in mind the experience of the learners
  • develop metacognitive thinkers who can celebrate their successes and learn from their mistakes
  • be inclusive and build on prior knowledge and interests
  • be purposeful and child led
  • support the acquisition of a rich language and subject specific vocabulary
  • support reading for pleasure and use high quality text
  • support the application of mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills
  • encourage questions as much as it seeks answers
  • be adaptable, current, dynamic and responsive
  • fill the gaps in individuals’ knowledge, understanding and skills
  • develop skills and the acquisition of knowledge through a wide range of curricular and extracurricular experiences making effective use of visitors and visits
  • allow the adults to share their noble passions
  • open doors and be outward looking
  • maximise the use of spaces in and out of the classroom
  • use new technologies in creative ways
  • create opportunities for home learning
  • create opportunities for parent and community involvement
  • have a WOW factor and build happy memories
  • be underpinned by our school vision and values
  • develop self-esteem and self-actualisation

Our SMSC/PHSE/RSE Curriculum intent is to:

  • be underpinned by our Christian Core Values and school’s vision and values
  • be child centred
  • challenge and support children’s thinking whilst being playful
  • provide time for reflection
  • keep safeguarding at its heart
  • be realistic, current and relevant
  • support positive social norms
  • link this aspect of the curriculum to other whole school aspects of the curriculum
  • enrich the learning experiences through new technologies, assemblies, visits and visitors
  • promote British values
  • provide a learning environment which supports access to this aspect of the whole school curriculum
  • celebrate diversity and be inclusive using resources that are representative

There is lots of useful help and advice regarding the school curriculum here but please contact the school office on 01603720 402 or if you have any enquires regarding the school’s curriculum.

The curriculum satisfies the following requirements if it is a balanced and broadly based curriculum which;

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
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Salhouse School Primary Curriculum & Information

Early Years

Members of staff are observing the children through play based activities both child and adult led in both Coots and Fledglings. The children's development is monitored using the Early Year Foundation Stage Framework which covers  birth to the age of 5.

There are seven areas, these are:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

When a child starts with us we create a learning journey to show their development and progression either using an online system called Tapestry. The aim is that when a child reaches the end of reception that they will have met the Early Learning Goals.

To achieve a 'Good Level of Development' (GLD) by the end of Year R children must reach the Early Learning Goals in all three prime areas and in Literacy and Mathematics.

Please go here to find out more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Structure of the National Curriculum

Key stage 1 Key stage 2 Key stage 3 Key stage 4
Age 5-7 7-11 11-14 14-16
Year groups 1-2 3-6 7-9 10-11
Core subjects
Foundation subjects
Art and design
Design and technology
Modern Foreign Languages
Physical education
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