Our curriculum

At the centre of our curriculum is a commitment to transforming the future of our children and igniting a lifelong thirst for learning.

We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum where all subjects are valued that will equip our children with a breadth of knowledge and skills in all areas of the curriculum – providing them with memorable and enriching experiences. 

Our curriculum focusses on progression by carefully sequencing knowledge, provides clarity about what getting better in each subject means and makes explicit connections and links between the different subjects & experiences.

We identify big ideas, concepts and the most important knowledge and vocabulary within a subject. Our behaviours for learning encourage our children to become; reflective, curious, determined, focussed, creative and collaborative learners.

Our curriculum is designed to work for all children through promoting good mental health, building resilience and improving attendance and attainment ensuring every child has access to the education they deserve.

All children from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the 2014 National Curriculum.

Phonics is taught through the Ruth Miskin ‘Read, Write Inc’ Scheme. Handwriting is taught using the PenPals Scheme. Pupils move from phonics to guided reading when they have made sufficient progress within the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme.

All children take part in an educational experience or visit once every term. Children have the opportunity to go on a residential visit in both Lower and Upper Key Stage 2. Children go swimming within Year 3.

British Values

Throughout our curriculum and ethos we aim to promote Fundamental British Values and children’s SMSC development within all aspects of school life. You can read more about our approach here. 

Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) the pupils work through the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is play based with short focus activities in small groups. During the Autumn term in Year 1 this approach is developed and the content of the work matched to the National Curriculum. From Year 1 upwards pupils follow the National Curriculum and study all subjects.


For information on how we teach Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) at Arnbrook, please click here


For more information on our curriculum, please speak to Mrs Burke (Deputy Headteacher & Wider Curriculum Lead) or Mr. Fowlie (Headteacher). 

Arnbrook's Approach to the Curriculum
Curriculum Long Term Plan 2019-20
Art Long Term Plan 2019-20
Computing Long Term Plan 2019-20
DT Long Term Plan 2019-20
Humanities (History & Geography Long) Term Plan 20
Music Long Term Plan 2019-20
PE Long Term Plan 2019-20
PSHE Long Term Plan 2019-20
RE Long Term Plan 2019-20
Science Long Term Plan 2019-20
Spanish (MFL) Long Term Plan 2019-20