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St Ethelbert's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

High expectations for all, in the light of Christ

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Intent, Implementation, Impact Statements

St Ethelbert’s Curriculum is delivered through engaging and exciting topics which we ensure cover the breadth and depth of the skills and knowledge from the National Curriculum. Using Cornerstones' Curriculum Maestro, we have designed our new curriculum with fresh and exciting topics to specifically meet the needs of our children.


St Ethelbert’s Curriculum Intent


At St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, our intention is for every child to fulfil their academic, social, behavioural and emotional potential in the surroundings of a Catholic community, and in which each individual shares or respects the Catholic Church and Christian way of Life.  


We have high expectations for all and want every pupil to become a responsible citizen, a successful learner and a confident individual. We aim to achieve this by providing a stimulating education which nurtures and enables children to reach their full potential whilst igniting in them, the light of Christ. The curriculum celebrates their achievements and challenges them to be the best they can be in all that they do.


Our curriculum:


Promotes natural curiosity

Promotes problem-solving and creativity




Our community to show thoughtfulness

Our community to gain a wonderful depth of knowledge

Our community to welcome everyone into the St Ethelbert’s family




St Ethelbert’s Curriculum Implementation

  • We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs and the interests of the children and families who are part of our community. The curriculum is fluid and is reshaped when necessary to include, value and educate the community we serve. Our curriculum is broad and balanced and inspires children to question and investigate the world around them.
  • Our curriculum supports children to be happy in their learning and helps them strive to achieve the challenging targets we set for them. We are determined for our children to receive a full and varied curriculum which allows them to deepen their knowledge and interests across the range of subjects that we study.
  • We plan our curriculum to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations. Our aim is that children know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
  • We provide an inclusive environment where all learners will enjoy their education and make good progress. Pupils at all levels are helped and encouraged to achieve their potential.  
  • We develop our curriculum to ensure thorough coverage, progression and depth of understanding. We aim to provide pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.  A primary focus of our curriculum is to develop in children a lifelong love of learning, raise their aspirations and encourage a sense of pride in achievement.



St Ethelbert’s Curriculum Organisation

Teachers plan individually and are supported through Cornerstones topics which work to a two year cycle in KS2 and a three year cycle in KS1. Varied and engaging topics are planned across the years and progression is clear. Teachers plan in many opportunities for applying the taught skills and knowledge of other foundation subjects and to include reading, writing and maths in a meaningful way.


Fundamental British Values and SMSC Values are embedded in the topics and may also be taught as part of a theme day or week across school. For example, Children’s Mental Health Week and Internet Safety Week are planned for the whole school.

Science, Relationships and Health Education and PE are taught each week. English, Reading and Maths are taught daily. Teachers always plan exciting entry points to topics to enthuse and generate questions and interest.



St Ethelbert’s Outdoor Learning

Teachers all access to the outdoor areas and they plan to make use of the grounds as often as possible to make teaching engaging, varied and memorable. Our outdoor learning environment includes opportunities to study in our:

  • wildlife areas
  • garden areas
  • pond area