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Curriculum development update September 2019

One of our key School Development Priorities for 2019-20 is to further develop our curriculum so that it delivers the best possible learning opportunities for our children. We have chosen to do this as a teaching team over time in a planned and structured way, getting it right for Frogwell children, rather than trying to rush through a 'quick fix' generic curriculum. The curriculum information below will therefore be changing, evolving and growing over the next year or two as we develop our practice and refine our approach. 


The priority is: Re-design the school’s wider curriculum (subjects and content other than English and Maths):

                                 - improve coherence and sequencing

                                 - provide greater clarity on the specific knowledge to be taught in each year group

                                 - improve retention of learning in the longer term

                                 - increase cultural capital and aspiration


We have started our curriculum re-development project as a teaching team by 

  • identifying the strengths and limitations of our existing curriculum approach
  • creating a ‘learning opportunities beyond the National Curriculum’ entitlement list 
  • planning our key milestones for what we want to have achieved by December 2019, April 2020 and July 2020
  • visiting another school to learn from their experiences of a 3-year curriculum journey
  • identifying which subjects will be taught daily / weekly and which will be ‘blocked’ into subject-specific units
  • beginning to map out the sequence of knowledge for History (the subject we have chosen to begin with)

Whole-school curriculum overview (topic cycle)

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum content is drawn from the National Curriculum and we aim to make children's learning as relevant, exciting and real as we can. Wherever possible we  integrate English and Maths skills into our topic themes so children understand how to apply their learning within a meaningful context. Each term, the learning is driven by an enquiry question that we use as the basis for the children's learning in different subject areas. Examples of enquiries are How tall will my sunflower grow? (early years), Where does our food come from? (key stage 1) and What makes your body so amazing? (key stage 2).


Each Class Page includes the overviews of the curriculum taught across the school year 2018-19.  A review of the curriculum is currently being carried out.


The National Curriculum subjects include:

  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education


Though not part of the National Curriculum, the following are also taught:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
  • Religious Education

How we teach Maths at Frogwell Primary School

Over the last two years the school has had a focus on improving mathematics outcomes for all children in the school. Our  focus has been on developing how we teach maths so that we can ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop mastery in mathematics, along with enabling those children who grasp maths concepts more easily to really challenge their thinking and deepen their learning.

To support this development the school has used the White Rose Maths scheme to support teaching. The school has also been part of a DfE funded research project alongside the Boolean Maths Hub to investigate ways of developing mastery teaching in mathematics. This project initially only involved our Year 1 and Year 5 classes but due to its success we have now adopted the mastery approach throughout the school.