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 - December 8
Year 6 are investigating light today apply all they have been learning in our light unit and trying to ensure their tests are fair.
@TheCranbourne - December 2
Baby shark!! 🦈
@TheCranbourne - December 2
We’re watching a panto! OH NO WE’RE NOT!
@TheCranbourne - December 1
Year 3 enjoyed marching in formation as Roman soldiers & making the “tortoise” formation!
@TheCranbourne - November 30
Emma from Hoddesdon library is back to visit Reception again.
@TheCranbourne - November 25
Well it's maybe a little early to discuss Christmas trees, but we did it anyway at ! It's always a highlight of the week
@TheCranbourne - November 22
Sharing a hot chocolate with this bunch of really did make my day. They weren’t short of things to chat about!
@TheCranbourne - November 18
Here’s another SOCKTASTIC parade for
@TheCranbourne - November 18
@TheCranbourne - November 13
Cranbourne will remember them.
@TheCranbourne - November 11
Reception have had a great toy 'away day'. We learnt about and played with toys that children played with in the Victorian times this morning and shared our technology toys with each other this afternoon.
@TheCranbourne - November 11
This bunch of superstars was the chattiest yet! They really love Cranbourne 😊
@TheCranbourne - November 11
Year 3 used the Chrome Books and “Stop Motion Animator” for the first time today. It looks like we have some budding animators! (And VERY happy teachers!)
@TheCranbourne - November 11
The children have observed a silence so beautifully at 11 o’clock in our special remembrance assembly.
@TheCranbourne - November 9
We love ! The children just glow, and the conversations get dafter by the week! We’ve definitely been on a roll with favourite and not so favourite animals the last couple of weeks.
@TheCranbourne - November 8
@TheCranbourne - November 8
The birds are flocking majestically in the sky above the diamond coloured water. The island has, I think, it’s own gravity. The starfish are calmly truttling through the wavy, salty ocean. The sky is bright and the clouds are as light as the sun.
@TheCranbourne - November 8
The whole school is reading “Flotsam” by this week! Can you find the awesome CREATED word in this Year 3 description? What 2 words combined to make it???
@TheCranbourne - November 4
It’s all about the points and patches in gymnastics today 1TM. Can you tell your family what they are later?
@TheCranbourne - October 21
Year 3 have enjoyed producing landscapes of the Grand Canyon in the style of David Hockney. We’ve used pencil, paint & pastels to create our landscapes & add pattern.