Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014. You can view our curriculum and the National Curriculum via the yellow buttons.


The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Follow this link to the Department of Education website.

Please use the links below to read our subject specific rationales.

Our Curriculum


At Glusburn we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum where knowledge building is at the heart. Our long term plans ensure mastery of subjects where progression is built on and deepened year on year and children successfully ‘learn the curriculum’. Our learning culture is based on high aspirations and the motivation that ‘every child can’ through a carefully planned and cumulative learning process.

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At Glusburn Community Primary School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child is a priority; we want all children and adults to feel safe. Our child-centred philosophy ensures that the best interests of the child are always taken into account, while providing a comprehensive support network to ensure that all opportunities are taken to promote effective safeguarding. Although safeguarding is led by a senior team, all adults are responsible for leading safeguarding throughout school. Children are encouraged to take a proactive role in areas relating to safeguarding, ensuring that they are part of the process and owners of their own safety. All pupils follow a well-designed safeguarding curriculum to help them learn about potential risks and danger and develop their understanding of action that can be taken to keep themselves safe. As a school, we work closely with families, external agencies and other professionals to ensure children are protected and can achieve their full potential in all areas of development.

Please click here to read more about our Safeguarding Rationale.



In Early Years, we provide a solid foundation which enables our youngest pupils to become successful, independent and engaged learners of the future for our school and wider community.
The Early Years hold a unique and important position in education: it marks a significant milestone in a child’s life, representing both a beginning and an end. For parents, it is the end of early education and care at home and/or across multiple settings, and the start of school.

Please click here to read more about the EYFS Rationale


At Glusburn Primary School, we strive to give our children the best start in establishing secure foundations in reading. Our primary intent is to create avid readers which we believe is the foundation for any greater depth learner. While phonics and fluency will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading, immersive whole-class reading sessions later take precedent and we use challenging texts to ensure our reading curriculum offers ambition and challenge. These sessions help to develop fluency but primarily focus on the contextualisation of language and literary devices.
We also prioritise establishing a reading culture in which children are encouraged to read widely and for pleasure. It is our intention that by the end of their primary education, all of our pupils will be able to: read fluently, with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education; draw on their knowledge of quality literature to further drive their passion for reading and writing and continue on their journeys as life-long readers.

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We strive to give our children the best start in establishing secure foundations in writing. Our primary intent is to create avid readers which we believe is the foundation for any great writer. We foster automaticity in spelling, handwriting and punctuation while a huge amount of high quality reading and motivation supports cohesion and creativity. We recognise the importance of nurturing a writing culture; creating writers and story-tellers who take pride; write clearly and accurately; and select and adapt language and style to suit a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Using the Talk for Writing approach, we plan engaging units of work in order to enthuse, inspire and motivate our children, which are underpinned by core texts from our carefully developed reading spine. It is our intention that by the end of their primary education, all of our pupils will be able to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas effectively and with a developed awareness for purpose and audience. We aim to centralise talk within our curriculum both in English and beyond so that children quickly develop in confidence whilst embedding their core communication skills and subsequently develop as articulate citizens.

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At Glusburn, we deliver our Mathematics curriculum to ensure it follows the key aims of the National Curriculum. We aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and in number so that pupils develop solid conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children at Glusburn are taught to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, finding connections and establishing relationships whilst using mathematical language. Our mathematics curriculum carefully sequences knowledge, concepts and procedures to build mathematical knowledge and skills systematically over time. Children are taught to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. IMPLEMENTATION: Mastery

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At Glusburn Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. We want all children to: develop their curiosity, observation, questioning and reasoning skills through investigating problems, learning how science works and discovering why science matters in the world.

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At Glusburn Community Primary School, we believe that knowledge rich History lessons will inspire all children to develop a sense of curiosity about the past, as well as a desire to embrace a variety of activities and experiences across a range of History topics.

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt

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At Glusburn we shape our Geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for Geography.

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Computing Intent

Children have the right to rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of Computing.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational Thinking’ (problem solving, analysing and evaluating) is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world.

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At Glusburn Primary School, it is our intent that we make Music an enjoyable learning experience that will engage and inspire all pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians.

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Art intent

At Glusburn School, we believe that art lessons will engage, inspire and challenge all children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Our aim is to allow children to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas alongside building resilience, confidence and critical-thinking skills.
We equip our children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. They should also know that art and design both

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Class 14 (Year 6) Self Portraits

The children worked with drawing pencils and looked at the different features of the face, using sketching and shading skills to make the features look realistic. They then used these skills to draw self-portraits and evaluated them. 

Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent

It is the intent of Glusburn Primary School for Design Technology to be taught in all year groups through at least one component per term plus one component on food technology. Design Technology projects are often made cross curricular – linking to other subjects taught.

Key objectives of intent within the Design Technology Curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance:

  • Products are to be made for a purpose.
  • Individuality should be ensured in children’s design and construction of products.
  • Delivery of the two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition
  • More emphasis to be given on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
  • Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages.
  • Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared.
  • The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2.
  • Researching key events and individual designers in the History of Technology in KS2.

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Religious Education


At Glusburn School, we want children to explore challenging questions that focus on: meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

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Modern Foreign Languages

MFL Intent

At Glusburn Community Primary School we believe that the learning of a language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. Through language learning, we aim to help our children to develop communication skills, including skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The children’s knowledge of how language works will be developed and extended. We choose to teach three different languages in key stage one (French, Spanish and German) to expose children to a variety of languages, also representing some of the languages and nationalities in our school. In key stage two, the linguistic skills gained in one language, will assist and lay foundations for further language learning at secondary school. Learning other languages gives children a new and broader perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.

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Personal ,Social, Health, & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)


At Glusburn CP School, we want PSHE education to equip pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. We also want to support the personal development of pupils by building their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and enable them to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. In addition, we want pupils to develop an understanding of themselves, manage their emotions, develop empathy and deal with change. (Articles 12- Right to be heard, 13 and 17 – Rights to information and 24 – Right to good mental and physical health care.)

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Physical Education


We want all children at Glusburn Primary School to: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; be physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and most importantly, lead healthy, active lives. We feel that being active is beneficial to children’s mental health and well-being.

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 28 (right to education).Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child.