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Richardson Endowed Primary School

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Our Curriculum


We have developed a curriculum that equips children for life at school and beyond, in Smalley and beyond, for life in the 21st and 22nd centuries. We are mindful that the first children have been born who will be alive in 2101!


We have therefore created an approach to learning which complements the acquisition of basic academic skills. A curriculum has been created around the idea of developing, global citizens who have strong Christian values and attitudes with the knowledge to support this, using the National Curriculum. Children who think critically, work co-operatively and who value equality, diversity of opinion & ethnicity and have strong global awareness and sense of social justice.


Reflecting on the changing world and research from the Oxfam Global Citizenship Guides led us to think about our curriculum differently. In order to develop learners who can thrive and be successful in the world of the future, we re-evaluated key questions behind our curriculum:


What knowledge is it important to learn?

How can we develop learning and metacognition skills in individuals?

How does learning happen most effectively?

How do we evaluate that success?


We believe that all learners are entitled to an education that equips them with the knowledge, skills and values they need to embrace the opportunities and challenges they encounter, creating a future that they want to live in and to be a global citizen who contributes to, and values their world.


This will be achieved through units of learning which develop knowledge and understanding through the following six overarching global themes, reflecting issues in the children’s world:


  • Identity and Diversity
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Social Justice
  • Saving our Environment
  • Our Heritage
  • Our World and Beyond


One theme will be selected each half term which will be linked to a topic using high-quality texts.


Curriculum learning is brought to life through high-quality texts that are carefully selected to link to the overarching themes as well as providing opportunities to build on knowledge and develop values in a way that connects to children’s lives - who they are, how they fit into the world and how they contribute and respond to it.