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Our curriculum

The Curriculum at Gisburn Road

At Gisburn Road the curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.


It includes not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children.


It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible citizens, who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing the confidence, knowledge and skills to thrive.


Gisburn Road Community Primary School aims to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum. All pupils are taught in line with national requirements, and the teachers endeavour to enrich the children’s learning with purposeful and creative learning experiences.


Curriculum Overview


At Gisburn Road we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a love of learning and willingness to explore and the time to have fun. We are proud to use the National Curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for our children. We enrich it by our strong ethos based on respect for ourselves and others, equality and a sense of wonder at the world we live in. We are committed to developing the whole child. Our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.

We are continually reviewing and improving the curriculum we offer to our children. The curriculum at Gisburn Road is evolving according to the needs of our children and to the aspirations of the staff and community.


  1. We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures.
  2. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
  3. We value the importance of each person in our community.
  4. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
  5. We use the community to enrich the curriculum.
  6. We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society.
  7. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty.
  8. We nurture each person to enable them to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.
  9. We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.
  10. We value parents and work in partnership with them to enrich the curriculum. Parents are informed about the curriculum through curriculum newsletters, home learning and shared learning experiences within topics. Parents are positively encouraged to become involved.
  11. We celebrate learning successes in our Friday assembly and by displaying children’s work.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • To enable all children to understand that they are all successful learners
  • To enable children to understand the skills and attributes needed to be a successful learner
  • To enable children to develop their own personal interests
  • To promote a ‘CAN DO’ attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • To teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and computing
  • To enable children to be creative through art, dance, music, drama and design technology
  • To enable children to be healthy individuals who enjoy sport and appreciate the importance of a healthy life style
  • To teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time
  • To help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage and British Values
  • To enable children to be positive citizens in society and to feel that they can make a difference
  • To enable children to understand and respect other cultures
  • To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed syllabus for Religious Education
  • To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong
  • To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all
  • To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem and to be able to live and work cooperatively with other
  • To enable children to be active and take responsibility for their own health
  • To enable a child to play a musical instrument
  • To enable children to be passionate about what they believe in and to develop their own thinking
  • To enable children to ask questions and take risks
  • To enable children to develop their intellect including their emotional development.