A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Curriculum Vision & Rationale


At Shobnall Primary School, our ethos and purpose is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our children, with high aspirations for all.



We believe in developing pupils’ understanding of British Values and celebrating our unique and diverse community.


We promote ambition, high aspirations and foster pupils’ capacity to see the possibilities within the world today.


We encourage our pupils to make the right choices in order to stay safe, healthy and happy.


At Shobnall Primary School, we strive to offer exciting and unique learning opportunities guided by our curriculum drivers of Diversity, Dreams and Decisions. We encourage our pupils to make the best choices they can possibly make. We achieve this through the delivery of excellent teaching and learning that is not just about embedding the fundamental skills of English and Maths in children, although these skills are essential in the world today. Our curriculum is one which nurtures and develops all talents through a rich and varied syllabus. We allow pupils to be original, imaginative, innovative and creative, and provide them with memorable experiences to positively impact on their wellbeing.

At Shobnall Primary School, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and The National Curriculum. In addition to this, we have developed a bespoke curriculum based on the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum, which drives the vision, aims and values of our school and serves the needs of all our community. Our curriculum is: skills-based; relevant and modern; accessible for all; and helps develop and support the vital skills taught in English and Maths.

Our Early Years Team ensure that the children’s learning is based on exploration and play, which is tailored to their needs and interests. The curriculum follows the statutory guidelines set out in the EYFS Curriculum and we ensure that early reading, writing, number and phonics is incorporated into their play, developing their fine and gross motor skills.

Staff plan topics, which have a real purpose. Our topics have a cross-curricular approach, therefore learning is linked and meaningful. Appropriate progression of skills is planned for and topic-based approaches ensure appropriate knowledge is acquired and is relevant to age. Our Forest School provision places great importance on outdoor learning and enables the children to apply skills of collaboration and teamwork to the classroom and their everyday lives. This is complemented with the children reading a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry around the theme too, as reading is given a high priority within our school. Maths is often taught discretely, however if there are links with the topic, it is incorporated alongside too.

Sport, the Arts and extra-curricular activities are given priority within our school. Such opportunities enrich the children’s experiences, and enable our pupils to live the vision of being ‘Happy Children, Inspired Learners’. We offer a wide range of peripatetic opportunities to encourage children to learn an instrument and join our choir. Physical Education and healthy lifestyles are taught regularly and the children have many opportunities to compete in competitions at a local and national level in a variety of sports.

We are passionate about developing the whole child, as reflected in our Social, Moral, Spiritual and Citizenship provision. Our values permeate everything we do and prepare our children adequately for life in the 21st Century. We encourage our children to take responsibility for their own learning and actions, develop their thinking and questioning skills and reflect clearly between wants and needs.

None of this would be possible without our dedicated team of staff who we invest in heavily: time encouragement, support and professional development.

Click here to see our whole school Essentials Curriculum Overview for Year A (2017/18) and click here for Year B (2018/19).


Importance of reading – we hope parents take the opportunity of reading daily with their children.  In school, for information, we use the following phonics & reading schemes:

  • Oxford Reading Tree is used in Key Stage 1.
  • Words First is used for SEND pupils.
  • Gigglers and Sparklers and Wellington Square are used for Key Stage 2 SEND pupils.
  • Rigby Navigator is also available for Key Stage 2.
  • For phonics, Letters and Sounds is used for the objectives but the scheme which supports is Read, Write, Inc.

Click on the links below to view and/or print the latest curriculum letters:

Spring Term 2020 Curriculum

Autumn Term 2019 Curriculum

Nursery & Reception Curriculum Letter Autumn 2019

Year 1 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2019

Year 2 Curriculum Letter Autumn 2019


Summer Term 2019 Curriculum


Click here to view the curriculum archive


Progression in Addition Policy

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Progression in Division Policy

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Progression in Multiplication Policy

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Progression in Subtraction Policy

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Themed Booklets

British Values Booklet

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Internet Safety Booklet

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Multi-Cultural & Arts Booklet

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Anti-Bullying Booklet

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