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Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

Growing together in God’s love

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Curriculum Intent 2019/20


At Clayton St John C of E Primary (CSJ) our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunity, raises aspiration, and equips children to live today and for tomorrow, supported by our vision; ‘Growing together in God’s Love’

Rooted deeply in God’s love, we flourish as individuals and as a community.  Within a nurturing environment, we develop curiosity and a love of learning.  We learn and grow when things go well and when things go wrong.

In all we do we hope to be the best we can be.

(Ephesians 3v 17 - 19 and Jeremiah 17 v 7 & 8

Also linked to our Learning Superheroes, our curriculum encourages our children to:

Be Creative, Be Resilient, Be Collaborative, Be Independent, To Challenge, and To Question

We aim to build resilience and encourage a positive mind-set amongst our children as it is often through mistakes we learn the most.

Everyone at Clayton follows the Six Principles through ‘The Skills Builder Partnership’ which permeates throughout our curriculum:

Listening, Presenting, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork


Our curriculum is also focused on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils build upon prior learning through a clear progression of skills. Our families are key partners in developing their children’s knowledge and we are grateful to all our families who support their child’s learning. We aim to be a reflective school and continually strive to improve our teaching and learning through the evaluation of the school, research and collaborative learning throughout the trust. This has also included a focus on how to improve children’s long-term memory of the knowledge provided in school.


The Wider Curriculum

We believe our curriculum prepares our children well for their time in education and has inspired them to find out more about the world around them. We aim to provide our children with essential life experiences they need to succeed in life. These are introduced through visits and events such as visits and trips, including residential trips to The Deep, Whinmarleigh Hall, Ingleborough, the seaside and Butterfly World. We invite visitors into school to support the curriculum and to give children aspiration and insight into the world around them.

At CSJ Primary School we follow the National Curriculum and strive to enrich the curriculum wherever possible. Our children are taught in classes, small groups or individually, according to their needs, within the framework of the National Curriculum. A variety of teaching styles are used in school, based on good practice and teachers continually reflect on their teaching. We are always seeking to innovate where appropriate, to maintain high standards and provide the best in primary school practice.


Should you require further information regarding the National Curriculum and the EYFS Framework please go to: