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Curriculum Intent: What are trying to achieve?


At Acre Rigg Infant School, our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enables children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires our children to ‘be the best they can be.’


Our curriculum focusses on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all EYFS Areas of Learning and National Curriculum subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning.     

We have a rigorous approach the teaching and learning of basic skills.  Spoken language, vocabulary development, reading, writing and arithmetic are taught and practised daily to enable our children to acquire the skills to access the wider curriculum and learn independently.                                                                                                

We also value the opportunity for children to follow their own interests, learn independently and develop their own creativity and talents and therefore continuous provision in classroom areas continues from Early Years into Key Stage 1. 

Across school, we have embedded Dr Tom Robson’s ‘Gem Learning’ project.  By following the programme, children develop the positive behaviours of independence, resilience and collaboration to help them to become effective learners.  Reinforced by our sequential teaching of basic skills, knowledge and values, we are ambitious for our children’s success.


As a school, we promote British Values to ensure children understand the importance of democracy, the rule of law, rights and responsibilities and respect and tolerance.  We have a school council who lead on school issues by leading during ‘family group’ sessions (small groups of mixed aged pupils).  Working in this way enables all children to have a voice and contribute to the projects undertaken by the school council.                                                                

We teach Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education to ensure children know how to keep themselves safe, including how to take calculated risks, how to keep themselves emotionally and physically healthy and how to respect others.                                     

We believe that Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education plays a significant part in a child’s development.  We provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive and caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.                                                                              

We are also a Rights Respecting School where adults and children work together to ensure children’s rights are recognised and realised.                                                                                        

Overall, with the above dimensions embedded across all areas of school life, we aim to support and guide children to develop as confident and caring individuals who value and contribute to the community in which they live and society as a whole in the wider world.