Generated on 21 Jun 2024

Waldringfield Primary School

Curriculum statement


It is our intention that pupils love learning and are taught to understand what it means to be a successful, well-rounded individual in today's changing society.

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.

Mission statement

Our school motto "We care, we share, we learn together" summarises the school aims.

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed and that success often happens when it is shared within a caring, family environment.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop and demonstrate their creativity


By allowing children to see meaningful links between subjects and teaching cross curricularly, they are able to make connections and engage with the individual learning project for an extended period of time. This ensures both long lasting enjoyment and the ability for teachers to teach creatively and motivate the children.


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
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others


Alongside the Cornerstones Curriculum we provide opportunities for children to respond to current events through Newsround and Picture the News. Children are taught discrete RSE lessons using the Christopher Winter project materials. The materials are compliant with the Summer 2020 RSE guidance and cover families, relationships, safeguarding and keeping children safe. The resources encourage children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends. The curriculum continues to develop their knowledge and skills as they learn about the physical and emotional changes of puberty and about reproduction.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• build respectful friendships
• work in a range of groups and settings
• recognise that people are good at different things
• learn in a supportive and caring environment
• be healthy, happy, confident and ready to learn


We believe that children learn best in a caring and supportive environment. We take account of the whole child. Alongside Cornerstones Curriculum, we use the THRIVE approach. This ensures a bespoke package of support is tailored to individual children in repsonse to a termly THRIVE assessment profile. Sometimes, groups of children are planned for to respond to short term emotional development needs.

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• make choices about things that are important to them
• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues


Our pupils have an active role in shaping our school. We have a weekly Whole School Council, weekly Eco Team meetings and biweekly House Team (family group) assemblies. These allow children to share their views, take an active role in the improvement of our environment and debate current issues.


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• offers children memorable experiences as part of every topic


Children at Waldringfield School are ready to learn, responsible for their own learning and behaviour, resourceful and respectful towards all associated with our school community. Our children demonstrate resilience in their learning and the ability reflect upon what they and others have learnt. These principles shape our ethos and pedagogy throughout a child's learning experience at Waldringfield.


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences


We pride ourselves with our love of outside learning. All children access our forest, as part of our Forest School provision. As well as discrete Forest School lessons, teachers take every opportunity to plan for learning outside of the classroom. We have links with both the Village Hall and the local church. We attend coffee mornings to entertain and delight the residents with the joys of our music lessons. Each term the Headteachers from local small schools (FOSS partnership) plan activities for the children to come together and enrich their learning. In readiness for high schools the year 6s enjoy a number of combined events throughout the year. Our Parent group (WSA) is very supportive of our curriculum and provides funding to ensure we have quality resources and all children benefit of the memorable experiences.