Crudwell Church of England Primary School

Curriculum statement


At Crudwell Church of England Primary School, we have developed an exciting and challenging curriculum that will equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding that they will need to lead happy, successful lives beyond primary school. Our school vision is 'Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly' and is inspired by Psalm 1 and Isaiah 40:30-31. Our vision is integral to the design of our curriculum at Crudwell Church of England Primary School.

Psalm 1 – ‘They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do.’

Isaiah 40:30-31 – ‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Roots and wings. We need them both. The roots of our community that nurture and help us grow and make good choices. The wings of faith that bring us opportunity and allow us to soar boldly into the future. We have six core school values : Responsibility, respect, perseverance, creativity, teamwork, and trust. These values are encouraged and celebrated in school through our curriculum and distinctively Christian ethos.

The Big Ideas woven through the Cornerstones curriculum ensure that our pupils experience a rich and diverse diet of exciting and meaningful learning that develops the children personally, socially, spiritually and academically. We have carefully crafted our curriculum to make the most of local, regional and national opportunities to achieve this aim. We teach the full range of National Curriculum subjects through our topics. We recognise the importance and positive impact that nature has on the well-being and mental health of young people; all classes attend Forest School onsite and in a local woodland throughout the year.

Reading and developing a love of reading is key for successful learning. We have carefully selected high quality texts to support our topics that will engage and challenge pupils, developing their vocabulary, comprehension and enjoyment of reading. Each term, pupils will study a Power of Reading text and share a class story that stretches and develops not only their reading skills but crucially their imaginations and language too.

Big ideas


Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.


Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.


Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.


Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.


Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.


Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place and space

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.


Understanding how and why things are the same or different.


Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.


Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Live life in all its fullness and be prepared for the next stage of their journey
• Learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• Develop and enjoy a love of reading
• Develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• Experience a wide range of opportunities to develop personally in character and confidence


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• British Values - Appreciate cultural differences and celebrate diversity; understand democracy and the ideas of liberty, tolerance and respect.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Trust: Develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities and those of others
• Respect: Learn how to respect themselves, others and our planet; building respectful relationships.
• Creativity: Reflect and think mindfully about their learning; trying new things and innovating
• Perseverance: Making resilience a habit and having a positive mind-set; sticking at things when they are tricky but also knowing when to ask for help
• Responsibility: Learning how to be reliable and dependable; taking ownership of own actions and considering consequences
• Teamwork: Being a team player and supporting others; building relationships and communicating clearly with others

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• Become courageous advocates for change; recognising injustice and taking action
• Make choices about things that are important to them
• Contribute to planning their own learning
• Learn to 'Disagree Well'; expressing their opinions on a range of different topics and issues


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• Offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic
• Excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• Enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• Providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities; a broad range of interesting visitors and trips throughout the year
• Offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors; Maple class go to Forest School every week and all our classes go for one term each year
• Holding specialist curriculum days or weeks; For example, our 'Make a Difference' week, examining and acting on global issues


Pupil Group Educational visits (off-site) Educational visitors (on-site) Residential visits Outdoor learning (e.g. Forest Schools) Arts and culture Community and partnership learning Specialist curriculum days
EYFS (Seedlings) 2 days 6 days 19 days 5 days
Chestnut Y1/2 (Saplings) 4 days 6 days 3 days 5 days
Willow Y2/3 (Saplings) 4 days 6 days 3 days 5 days
Oak Y4 (Poles) 5 days 6 days 2 days 3 days 5 days
Oak & Beech Y5 (Poles) 5 days 6 days 2 days 3 days 1 days 5 days
Beech Y6 (Poles) 6 days 6 days 5 days 3 days 1 days 5 days
Totals 5 weeks, 1 days
(26 days)
7 weeks, 1 days
(36 days)
1 weeks, 4 days
(9 days)
6 weeks, 4 days
(34 days)
2 days 0 days 6 weeks
(30 days)