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.


@TheCranbourne - January 7
Year 3 really enjoyed their first Dodgeball lesson today!
@TheCranbourne - January 6
Year 3 have had a great start to their new science unit ‘Rocks, Fossils and Soil’
@TheCranbourne - December 21
3KC completed the today! * start with a NEW toilet brush * set a throwing distance * practice, practice, practice * who can get the brush into the holder? Enjoy!
@TheCranbourne - December 20
And a big thank you to Hoddesdon for the donation of oranges to make our Christingles.
@TheCranbourne - December 20
A brilliant day of making in Year 1! We have some very creative children. A Merry Christmas from us all.
@TheCranbourne - December 20
And the individual winners in the categories of creative, amusing/accurate and judges choice. It was very hard to choose as they were all so good.
@TheCranbourne - December 20
And the winners were ... 5GP
@TheCranbourne - December 20
The judging has begun. Which class will be the overall winners?
@TheCranbourne - December 20
Year 1 have been busy elves. DT day.
@TheCranbourne - December 20
The Upper School bake off is well under way. Whose cakes will win? Fabulous participation from all the children (and adults) all showing great creativity and aspiration with their designs and determination whilst endeavouring to bring them to life.
@TheCranbourne - December 15
Thank you to everyone in the kitchen who cooked the most delicious Christmas dinner. Year 6 loved it and it will be one of the precious memories they take with them from their time at Cranbourne.
@TheCranbourne - December 14
WOW Year 1! What an amazing nativity you performed today. We are so proud of you and your families are in for a treat when they see the DVD.
@TheCranbourne - December 3
Christmas has started! The Choir sang beautifully in the town this morning. Thank you to all those who came to listen.
@TheCranbourne - November 29
Thank you to Mrs Samuels for talking to us about Hunnukah celebrations this morning. Ask Year 1 the name of the special candle holder.
@TheCranbourne - November 26
Using different jumps and climbing equipment in Year 1 PE.
@TheCranbourne - November 26
Great team work in reception to help build a house for the three little pigs. We used straw, sticks, bricks and LOTS of glue!
@TheCranbourne - November 26
Year 5 are enjoying their gymnastics lesson this morning!
@TheCranbourne - November 25
Thank you for beginning our Christmas cake journey. Special thanks to Mrs Wotton and her team.
@TheCranbourne - November 25
Upper school have enjoyed showing off their baking skills and learning to wash up.
@TheCranbourne - November 25
Year 1 have been learning about nouns and plurals.