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Our Ethos

'We Nurture'
'We Enrich'
'We Inspire'
'We Empower'
'We Achieve Together'


Statement of Curricular Intent

  • Stonebow prioritises the safeguarding and well-being of all pupils and staff, in a nurturing and supportive environment where pupils feel safe and secure to learn.
  • Respect underpins a culture of high expectations of behaviour and positive attitudes to learning. We actively care about the environment, too, and respect our surroundings.
  • Stonebow is committed to providing a high quality curriculum through inspirational teaching and learning, building firm foundations for later life.
  • We will create opportunities for children to develop ‘cultural capital’ through visits and visitors which enrich the curriculum, and through extra-curricular arts and sporting activities.
  • Stonebow children will be empowered to learn through independent discovery. We will encourage a ‘growth mindset’, supporting children to become enthusiastic, curious and perseverant learners.
  • All children will be given the opportunity to achieve their potential across the curriculum, through firm foundations in the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics alongside a broad knowledge and skill set, across the wider curriculum.
  • We intend for all children to leave Stonebow Primary School as well rounded, confident individuals, prepared for the next phase of their education – and a ‘brighter future!’

Curriculum Planning

In the Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS] the curriculum is planned around the children’s interests following the different ages and stages within the EYFS curriculum, working towards the Early Learning Goals.  Teaching and Support staff ensure that the curriculum is vocabulary rich; broad and balanced and provides opportunities for the children to develop knowledge in the different areas of learning.

In all key stages, there is a 2-year rolling programme of topics (see appendix 1) which encapsulates all areas of the curriculum.   These topics have been ‘mapped’ (see appendix 2 example) to the Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum to ensure that they are sequential and progressive.  It is from these medium term plans that teachers’ weekly plans are written.

Reading and vocabulary

We recognise and value the importance of vocabulary and the written language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Reading underpins the development of transferable knowledge and the skills that feeds into all subjects. The quality and variety of language that pupils read and hear are vital for developing their understanding of the world around them. We therefore ensure the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in reading and written language vocabulary knowledge in every lesson.


We employ two specialist members of staff to teach Music and PE to children from Year 1-6.  All children from Year 3 onwards have the opportunity to learn a variety of musical instruments.

Opportunities for visits, both residential and non-residential, are built into the topic cycles.  This brings the curriculum alive, immersing the children in cultural and outward-bound experiences and is always very popular with the children.  We also use members of our community to share experiences with the children about certain specific topics e.g. Hindu cultural experiences, PSCOs, Youth Workers, Olympic Athletes, Animal Encounters and many more.