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Cradley Church of England Primary School Believe, belong, be happy; every child, every chance, every day

Curriculum intent

At Cradley CE our curriculum is designed with our vision ‘Believe, belong, be happy; every child, every chance, every day’ at its heart. Staff and governors firmly believe that to help us realise our vision, our curriculum should help children to:


 Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures that our children acquire and retain knowledge, develop transferrable skills and grow in understanding. It is enquiry led; it focuses on big questions to actively engage children in learning. Children use their knowledge and skills to achieve carefully planned real and purposeful outcomes. Through its design, our curriculum ensures that our children will become confident, successful life-long learners who believe in themselves and their own abilities.


We believe that the curriculum is a cultural experience which binds us together. The Cradley curriculum is designed to ensure that children understand that they belong: that they are part of an extended community which stretches back into the past and out into the future. Our curriculum ensures that our children are proud to belong: that they celebrate and promote their local heritage whilst being positive and active participants on a national, international and global scale.

Be happy

Memorable experiences are built into our curriculum to ensure that our classrooms are places where children are happy to be; where children develop a love of learning; where they can naturally develop their interests, build on their own individual talents and discover passions which will last into adulthood.

Every child

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of every child, to ensure that there is something to inspire and challenge each individual. Barriers to learning have been identified and addressed through our curriculum design and our core values are embedded in all aspects of learning. As a result, we ensure our children have the courage and resilience to meet every challenge and the tools to develop strong and positive relationships. Every child has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Every chance

The Cradley curriculum provides our children with every chance to succeed; it is focused on ensuring children develop the cultural capital that is essential if they are to go on to be happy and successful participants in society.  Our curriculum will open doors to children, show them possibilities, help them to make connections and raise aspirations. Through our curriculum, children will acquire knowledge that takes them beyond their everyday experiences whilst providing them with knowledge and skills which are essential for success.

Every day

Our curriculum ensures that every day is a rich learning experience: every day is an opportunity to build on what has gone before; every day is a chance to make connections; every day provides children with another piece of the puzzle; every day is the opportunity to ensure our children shine.



























At Cradley we believe that music is, and always has been, an important part of the curriculum. Music at Cradley is an enjoyable learning experience that engages and inspires pupils to develop a passion and curiosity for music. Our goal, as a whole school, is to develop children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement through a high-quality music education. At Cradley, through music, we embrace our vision and offer every child equal opportunities by ensuring all children have access to a musical instrument regardless of their academic abiltities and backgrounds. We strive to expose children to new musical experiences and opportunities and aim for each child to reach their full potential while raising aspirations for all children to be ready for their next steps in life
























The intention of our French Curriculum is that the children develop an interest in learning another language in an exciting and motivating way. Languages are part of the richness of the society and global world, to which we all belong.   We strive to encourage children’s curiosity in other languages and cultures as well as to teach them to respect others and celebrate our differences.  We aim to develop children’s confidence and personal sense of fulfilment as they acquire a fluency in speaking,  listening, reading and writing skills; skills which will benefit them as they move through primary school, to secondary school and into the world. 
























At Cradley CE Primary School, our DT curriculum is designed to give children the opportunity to reflect upon, and evaluate, the present and think creatively about possibilities for the future. Children are encouraged to take risks, to persevere and to work together. Our DT curriculum provides opportunities for children to apply a developing range of knowledge and skills in order to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose. They are inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects and are encouraged to think creatively, take risks and persevere in order to solve problems for themselves and for others; continually embedding our school values. We will give every child an opportunity to use and handle tools and materials and deliver our subject in such a way that encourages and inspires a passion for design and technology.
























Computers and technology are becoming an ever more integral part of everyday life at home, out and about and at work. As such, the computing curriculum at Cradley equips children with the skills to become digitally literate, teaching children underpinning knowledge and behaviors that allow them to belong to and navigate the online world safely, regardless of the app/device, and participate effectively and appropriately in this digital world. The computing curriculum is a practical subject, where invention and resourcefulness are encouraged and developed, improving children’s problem solving abilities and their resilience when faced with challenge. Cognitive science teaches us that deep learning occurs where key concepts are revisited, adding new information which links to previous knowledge. Children need to be able to make connections and links to commit knowledge to the long term memory. Because of this, computing at Cradley is taught as a spiral, reviewing and deepening children’s understanding of the four main strands of computing: computer science, researching, publishing and presenting, statistics and data handling and e-safety each year. Our spiral curriculum is shaped to enhance children’s understanding of how computers and computer systems work, allowing every child the chance to develop essential processing and programming skills as well as teaching them how to be responsible and respectful citizens online as well as offline.


At Cradley C of E our Geography Curriculum promotes our values believe, belong, be happy; every child, every chance, every day.  We believe Geography is the exploration and understanding of the world in which we live.  It is a way of looking at the world that focuses our learning on what the environment and places are like, the human and physical processes that shape them, the people who live in them and why these places are important to us.  The subject helps to devise and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.

We aim to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable throughout time at Cradley equipping the children for their further education and beyond. Children are encouraged to question and develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.  Geography is an investigative subject, which allows children to explore developing and understanding concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world they belong and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of their local area along with global diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 

Each day the subject provides opportunities for every child to develop and acquire new knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 








At Cradley C of E our Science curriculum is designed to teach the knowledge, skills and understanding specified in the National Curriculum through an explorative approach. Curiosity, resilience and problem solving skills are developed through open ended questions and investigations. Children are encouraged to ask questions, plan their own investigations and take risks in a safe, learning environment. Memorable experiences are planned throughout school, which provide opportunities not only for the development of knowledge but also a respect and appreciation for natural phenomenon found in our amazing world. Within each year group, science is used as vehicle to further widen children’s ambition and aspiration through planned links with future career opportunities and the work and impact of scientists in the past and present. Children are encouraged to consider the impact of scientific knowledge and in particular the impact on their immediate local environment, in order to develop their role as responsible world citizens.





















The aim of our History curriculum at Cradley is to develop pupils’ curiosity, understanding and knowledge about the past, showing them how all of it has led to the life they lead today. Cognitive science teaches us that people learn best when they can see connections and have similar materials ‘chunked’ together, as this enables the knowledge to be retained easier by the long term memory. Therefore, at Cradley, children are taught history in chronological order, as through this the children will deepen their historical enquiry as they make links between ages and study the cause and effect of different events within history.

Grouping similar stages of history (or types of people within Key Stage 1) enables the children to enhance their historical vocabulary, compare groups for their similarities and differences and have a greater sense of where events fit together in time, allowing all to succeed. History at Cradley will give every child the chance to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Lessons will engage children in enjoyable and hands on learning, rich in historical content enabling our pupils to see history through the eyes of people of the period and begin to understand the complexity of their lives and the challenges they faced regionally, nationally and internationally. Through this, children at Cradley will celebrate and promote their local heritage whilst understanding that they belong to an extended community which stretches back into the past.
















PE at Cradley will give the children a chance to work as a team and collaborate during tasks to overcome any barriers in their way. It will lead them to be more co-operative and reinforce the value of belonging throughout the school. PE will give children a platform to showcase their ability. It will offer them competitive tournaments, games and scenarios that present them with a chance to win or lose and gain valuable experience on the way through their time at Cradley. We believe that through the variety of opportunities that PE offers, all children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries.  Our goal is to interweave our vision and values into our PE curriculum. We want every child to have every chance they have to be physically literate and develop habits and attitudes to exercise that will stick with them for life. We want all of our children to lead healthy, active lifestyles and show the value of belonging and perseverance during any sporting situations, all whilst demonstrating respect towards officials and opponents. Overall, we want out children to strive for excellence in sport when they leave our school. 


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