Our curriculum

Our Curriculum Statement


1. to nurture and develop well-rounded, capable and caring individuals, with good self-esteem and understanding of themselves as people and their role as citizens within a diverse society;

2. to give children the skills, knowledge and attitudes to lead a rich and fulfilling life and to be equipped to be able to make choices in their lives.

In order to achieve our aims, we need to ensure children:

  • have firm foundations of basic skills that they can use and apply;
  • have a broad range of exciting and creative opportunities to discover and nurture their individual talents;
  • understand the distinct nature of the different disciplines that enable one to become a specialist in a particular area;
  • develop a set of core human values that underpin their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and their sense of uniqueness and self-worth as individuals;
  • have access and opportunity for all individuals to achieve their potential;
  • develop their thinking and questioning skills.

The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by schools so children learn the same things. Academies do not have to follow the National Curriculum but must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, Maths and Science, as well as Religious Education. At Leigh Beck we teach the full curriculum, with a particular focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills. 

September 2017

The National Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Art and Design, Music, Computing, Design and Technology, Physical Education, and for KS2 a Modern Foreign Language (MfL). At Leigh Beck our selected MfL is Spanish. We teach Literacy, Numeracy, PE, RE and Music as distinct subjects and combine the other subjects within our 'Enquiry Curriculum'.
Click here for a link to the 2014 National Curriculum, which we are following for all subjects.

Here are the Age-Related Expectations (ARE) for each year group:

Year 3 ARE

Year 4 ARE

Year 5 ARE

Year 6 ARE

Our Enquiry Curriculum

Each class focuses on an Enquiry each term or part of a term. The learning is skills-based. The children are encouraged to be independent learners in this approach. 

Our Enquiries follow this cyclical format: 

  • WAM- Wonder, Awe and Magic
    Knowledge Harvest- What do we know?
  • What do we want to find out? Qs
  • Immersion – finding out, exploring
  • Investigation/Dilemma
  • Innovation- being creative/ trying something new
  • WOW- end ’product’ or celebration

We start with a ‘WAM’ opener (Wonder, Awe and Magic) to inspire the children's interest and desire to question and to explore their Enquiry question or theme. The children then ‘immerse’ in information and finding out. They then ‘have a go’ at showing their understanding. The Enquiries then end with a ‘challenge’ and frequently a ‘celebration’- we end with a 'WOW'. 

Teachers and school leaders can give information about the Enquiry Curriculum in each year group for 2017/2018. Please feel free to contact us on the playground each day or arrange an appointment to meet. 

Extra-curricular events

We run a range of extra curricular events which serve to add enjoyment and further celebration to our curriculum provision. If you have any other ideas of things you’d like celebrated or opportunities that you (or someone you know) can offer our children please speak to your child's Teacher or a School Leader. 

Parental involvement

Our aim is to encourage further parental involvement in their child’s learning and the life of our school. If you have any talents you can offer please do see any of us in school. These could be: cooking, baking, crafts, technology (e.g. DJing, computer skills, animation), martial arts or fitness, traditional dancing, to name a few of many I’m sure you have. We’d be grateful for even an hour of your time to pop in and work with our teachers and children.

We also hold regular celebration assemblies for parents and invite parents for 'learning looks'  to see their child's learning in class.

How can parents find out more?

Click here for the DfE home page on curriculum and assessment.