Curriculum Overview

Below is an overview of our approach to our curriculum. We hope that you find this useful but should you require further information you can talk to your class teacher or any member of the Senior Management Team. 


As with all maintained schools in England and Wales the National Curriculum is followed. Foundation Stage Pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The curriculum for both Key Stage 1 and 2 includes: Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, Music, Art, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Information, Communication technology and Personal, Social and Health Education. A modern foreign language is taught in KS2. See the document below for coverage of these subjects by year and by term.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are provided with a high quality integrated provision where play-based learning is central. We work closely with pre school providers enabling a smooth transition helping the children develop towards achieving 'Early Learning Goals' in the following six areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development by the end of the Foundation Stage.

At Cedarwood Primary School we feel passionately about providing a curriculum that stimulates and motivates all children, ensuring that all pupils achieve their very best. Subjects are taught through a cross-curricular approach, which allows pupils to link their learning. Creativity and thinking skills feature highly in the planning, with innovative approaches to teaching and learning being employed. The curriculum caters for different learning styles and sets high standards for pupil achievement in all subjects.

Other aspects of the curriculum

Attitudes and behaviour are an integral part of learning and our curriculum and practices encourage learning in a happy and quiet atmosphere by matching work to ability and setting clear tasks and time limits. We encourage children to take pride in their work, to have high expectations, be considerate to everyone in the school and to respect and care for property. Parents are welcome to see curriculum documents. In addition to the curriculum a range of extra curricular activities are available including visits, sports, and music. All children are encouraged to take part.

As well as the formal curriculum, emphasis is placed on developing individuals into well-rounded personalities. We are keen to develop and celebrate all aspects of a child's development in and out of school. We try to know the children well and hope to identify individual strengths and problems; we can then encourage them in those strengths and support them in areas of difficulty.

Teaching and Learning Principles

At Cedarwood we believe primary education is not just about targets and results in league tables, nor is it simply a preparatory step for secondary school; it is much more than that. We want children to have memorable experiences that encourage and inspire them to achieve in life and to aim to fulfil their potential.


Teaching and learning should:

Centre on the whole child.

Be personalised, focussing on children's interests and strengths: 'find out what makes a pupil tick and build on it.'

Allow pupils to perceive themselves as learners who own and steer their learning.

Celebrate and value the child.

Encourage independence.

Develop appropriate behaviours, attitudes, life and knowledge skills; including thinking skills.

Promote physical, social and emotional well being

Result in high attainment, standards and good progress


The curriculum should be:

Broad, balanced and varied with good cross-curricula links.

Creative and imaginative, involving pupils in exciting experiences which motivate them to achieve their best.

Be skill-based, focusing on teaching core skills and knowledge along with transferrable skills and allowing time for pupils to consolidate this learning.

Differentiated to meet the needs of all groups of learners.

Flexible and responsive to children's needs, interests and learning styles.

Making use of learning experiences outside the classroom including visits, visitors and the use of outdoor space

Optimising good links with parents and the community



Teaching should:

Encourage and facilitate creativity, including use of the following Thinking Skills: Habits of Mind, De Bono's 6 Hats, David Hyerle's Thinking Maps, Mantle of the Expert and Philosophy.

Be precise, purposeful and practical, involving memorable events that interest and challenge learners.

Focus on what children need to learn next, taking into account different learning styles.

Promote active learning, both in and out of the classroom.

Involve pupils in their learning, assessment and target setting using approaches including Shirley Clarke methodolgy.

Be inclusive to all pupils, differentiating for pupils' needs.

Take place in a safe learning community where pupils are valued and relationships with adults and pupils are strong and collaboration is encouraged.