Curriculum Overview

Everything that happens in school is the curriculum. The children, and adults, are always learning, whether this is the academic curriculum, how to share, or how to be good citizens. We never forget that most situations children meet are new to them and they need to be taught how to deal with them.

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Our academic curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world.  It aims to empower children with the knowledge and cultural inheritance they are entitled to: knowledge that will nourish both them and the society of which they are members. We aim to equip children to become interested and interesting adults, able to contribute positively to the well-being of their community and to wider society.

We believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. We have built a curriculum that promotes long term learning based on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years.  We make use of knowledge organisers (which are sent home regularly) to ensure children and their families know exactly which information is expected to be learned over the course of their study in a particular subject.  We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know the easier it is for them to know more.  We use this principle to build understanding in all subject areas through constant recall of previous learning.

Children need to learn the skills needed to apply their knowledge in new situations to enable them to be creative thinkers. These skills are built systematically along side the knowledge.

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@TheCranbourne - June 28
Year 4 have been excellent and spent a lovely sunny morning looking at the Norman Castle at Stansted Mountfitchet. Only lost two questionnaires to the medieval goats... Thank you to everyone who came along to help, it was great to be getting out to go on trips again!
@TheCranbourne - June 28
@TheCranbourne - June 28
And now it is the sheep show. Say hello to Nobby https://t.co/uAyoaAeayG
@TheCranbourne - June 28
Tractor ride around the site after finding out all about modern farming machinery. £1000 a day in fuel! https://t.co/Z4r9MVi0jC
@TheCranbourne - June 28
Year 6 are having great fun at the food and farming show and learning lots about sustainable farming. So far we’ve tasted strawberries, apples, cheese, smoothies and venison sausages!
@TheCranbourne - June 27
@TheCranbourne - June 27
Year 3 exercised their inner “#creativecassie” today, using rocks, pebbles and plasticine to create sculptures in the style of Henry Moore! https://t.co/KWtMPa51tq
@TheCranbourne - June 27
A first walk in the classroom and a first ever swim for our ducklings! They must be exhausted. We loved watching them. https://t.co/Ok1wT2Nq27
@TheCranbourne - June 24
Earlier in the week Y3 & Y4 competed in throwing & jumping competitions that went towards today’s scores! https://t.co/7KoZgRIixL
@TheCranbourne - June 24
Reception and KS1 did a fantastic job too. Smiles all round. https://t.co/EOjpsbkk2r
@TheCranbourne - June 24
Sports Day was fantastic today. Such great sportsmanship displayed by everyone and delicious ice lollies from at the end. Thank you to everyone. https://t.co/yZtUUMt7LA
@TheCranbourne - June 24
We arrived to see all 5 of our duck eggs had hatched this morning! 😃 We love hearing them cheeping from the classrooms. https://t.co/t33xUwhotv
@TheCranbourne - June 24
@TheCranbourne - June 24
Having been inspired by Professor Claire Thompson this morning, upper school are now creating a new medicine which will cure a disease in any living thing of their choice.
@TheCranbourne - June 23
Year 6 have had fun this week learning how to program micro:bits. Today they created motivational step-counters to use with the compass they created the other day! https://t.co/xCcnBmS03o
@TheCranbourne - June 22
Hooray! Our first duckling arrived while we were at school! https://t.co/qQVwzLPFtg
@TheCranbourne - June 21
Year 3 were “chiming” with excitement for their first glockenspiel lesson today! https://t.co/QPGZeJ8P6W
@TheCranbourne - June 20
Year 1 had a very special delivery today and a letter from mother duck. How exciting! I wonder how soon we will see some changes? https://t.co/JMLntgvLLg
@TheCranbourne - June 17
What do you do when it’s too hot for rounders? A gymnastics competition in the cool hall! https://t.co/NbU9l0Ccvd
@TheCranbourne - June 17