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Crossdale Curriculum

We pursue excellence through a motivating, knowledge rich curriculum that promotes independence and engagement. Feeling secure, happy and confident in our learning environment means that pupils at Crossdale develop their cultural capital alongside a passion for learning, and ultimately become ready for secondary school.

 With a backbone of core skills in English and maths, our curriculum, which meets and exceeds all areas of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage, is progressive, sequenced and ensures children's knowledge and vocabulary build on prior learning in a structured way. 

Pupils in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which works towards a set of Early Learning Goals. The Foundation Stage prepares children for Learning in Key Stage 1 and aims to ensure children have the necessary learning and social skills to be successful in school. The National Curriculum begins in year 1 which comprises of three core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and other subjects (Computing, Design and Technology, History, Languages, Geography, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education) as well as Religious Education and Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education.

Early reading is prioritised right from the start and topics are presented in a way that hook the children and inspires them to ask questions and get excited about their learning. We value each subject, recognising  and teaching them as separate disciplines; our children will  learn how to be historians, scientists, artists, etc so they understand  separate subject elements, have opportunities to revisit prior learning  and are well-prepared  for future study in all  subjects.

The curriculum is purposefully enriched to consolidate and deepen learning, allowing children to apply new knowledge. Together with RE and  RSHE, we focus on children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development (SMSC) and wellbeing through enriching the curriculum in a variety of ways; including a wide range of trips, visits/visitors, sports clubs, residentials, themed days/weeks and external providers of specialist programmes such as Bikability or DART. This provision is complemented by a specialist sports coach as well as external providers for whole class and individual music tuition.

Every subject  has a champion, in the form of a subject coordinator, who ensures their subject is being taught effectively and reflects the latest good practice in classrooms.

More information about our curriculum and how it is enriched can be found below and more information about each curriculum subject can be found in the subject tabs.

Whole School Overview Example Long Term Plan