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An overview of North Clifton Primary School's Curriculum

A Values-Based Approach

At North Clifton Primary School every child's uniqueness is recognised and valued. Our core values form the backbone of our curriculum. As such, our curriculum embraces the community from which it exists, as we strive to recognise, embrace and celebrate each individual child and their diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Values: Intent, Implementation & Impact 

Curriculum Values Statement 


Curriculum: Intent, Implementation & Impact

To obtain additional information on the curriculum at North Clifton Primary School, please contact the Office Manager at

Early Years & Foundation Stage

North Clifton Primary School Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

In EYFS at North Clifton Primary School, we provide the ideal start for a child to develop their confidence as a fun loving, motivated and independent learner, within a safe and caring environment. We know that children quickly develop in the early years and that a child’s experiences between birth and 5 years have a major impact on their future life chances. We ensure all children access high quality teaching and learning to gain knowledge and develop the skills needed to be successful learners in EYFS and beyond.

We believe that a classroom where children feel valued and can grow in confidence helps them to feel happy, settled and secure. Our child-centred approach aims to support each child to develop holistically and at their own pace. We provide an enabling environment, promoting communication and language skills, whilst ensuring that learning is engaging and enjoyable.

Our school’s core values: Respect, Responsibility, Resilience are firmly embedded in our daily routine; as we encourage the children to respect other people and their environment, to take responsibility for their actions and behaviour in school, to set ambitious goals that they want to achieve and to develop the resilience to believe they can do it and then celebrate their success together when they achieve it.

Learning happens through investigation, exploring and immersive, hands-on experiences. To support the children to achieve their own goals and to make good progress during their time in EYFS, we ensure that there is a good balance of direct planned teaching to model vocabulary, skills or provide key knowledge and child-led child instigated play in a purposeful high quality environment which supports and extends their learning. We are dedicated to bringing out the best in the children. We have high expectations of all children and set challenging but achievable targets and always encourage them to try their best. They are provided with many, varied opportunities to develop and we nurture their confidence so that they can all make positive steps towards achieving their potential.

We value the importance of the outdoor environment, ensuring that children have the opportunity to learn about the world around them, in a natural and safe space. Children are allowed to take managed risks, which both supports their growth and allows them to become critical thinkers, and confident, independent learners.

Our curriculum is built to ensure that children develop their language, and it is sequenced to ensure children build their learning over time. We appreciate that learning is rarely linear for children, and that each child is unique, we therefore expect progress and development to look different for each child. We ensure that all children make good progress and that they gain a secure foundation by planning for the learning and development of each individual child and continually reviewing the impact of this. Many learning experiences and opportunities are repeated to ensure children get lots of chances to practise and master the key skills and to acquire the knowledge needed to provide a firm foundation for their future learning.

Our curriculum has been designed by planning carefully thought out skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the children at North Clifton Primary School for all of the 7 areas of learning. We used the EYFS framework and Development Matters to give us a base for our learning and then considered other knowledge and skills based on research that we know are important for our children to plan an ambitious and exciting curriculum to ensure our pupils are engaged and enjoy learning and therefore make great progress.

Our curriculum allows children to develop and learn knowledge and skills in the following areas.

Prime areas:

  • Communication and language

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Physical development

Curriculum Rolling Programmes:


Specific areas:



At North Clifton Primary school, we believe an ambitious and rich mathematics curriculum is an important part of children's development throughout school, right from and early age. 

The links below provide further detail about our maths curriculum. 

Maths Intent, Implementation & Impact

KS1 & KS2 Progression

Early Years Progression

Calculation Policy

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At North Clifton Primary School, reading is a top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum. Over the years, our reading results have been fantastic. This is because we believe reading is at the heart of our curriculum and by instilling a love of reading, children develop as ell-rounded and successful individuals. 

The links below provide further detail about our reading curriculum. 

Reading Intent, Implementation, Impact

Reading Curriculum Overview 

Whole school reading progression

Overview of Reading - Year B


North Clifton Primary School is using the Little Wandle Phonics approach which is rigorous, progressive and consistent from F2 to Year 2 and beyond.

To find out more about Little Wandle, please click HERE

For our Phonics and Early Reading Policy, please click HERE.  


At North Clifton Primary School, writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across all subjects. We want all pupils to be enthusiastic writers who enjoy showcasing their developing literacy knowledge and skills. 

The links below provide further detail about our writing curriculum. 

Writing Intent, Implementation & Impact

KS1 & KS2 Grammar Progression

Early Years, KS1 & KS2 Writing Progression


Wider Curriculum

Whilst maths, reading and writing are important parts of our curriculum, here at North Clifton we provide a broad and balanced curriculum to help shape pupils into well-rounded individuals. The links below provide further detail on the wider curriculum taught at North Clifton. 


Computing Intent, Implementation & Impact

Substantive Knowledge

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