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 - February 16
Year 6 were very thrilled to receive their leavers hoodies today. They can wear them out of school and will be able to wear them at school for PE later in the school year and then all the time in the last week of the summer term. Thank you parents.
@TheCranbourne - February 13
Happy New Year of the Dragon from reception!
@TheCranbourne - February 6
Separating materials in Year 5 this afternoon!
@TheCranbourne - February 5
Year 2 are building up some strength and stamina!
@TheCranbourne - January 30
Year 5 Mathletes are working hard this afternoon in preparation for the maths challenge!
@TheCranbourne - January 19
First of 2024 with these superstars!
@TheCranbourne - January 16
Reception made and tasted porridge today just like the Three Bears! Honey or jam....?
@TheCranbourne - January 10
We are artists in year 1. Can you spot a future Kandinsky, Klee or Bowing? Some of these are good enough to frame!
@TheCranbourne - December 26
Y3! I’ve unwrapped & started reading The Case of the Lighthouse Intruder by .Thanks to Friends of Cranbourne School!Mr Carter
@TheCranbourne - December 24
Hi Y3! (&4, 5 & 6)Charlotte’s Web is on Channel 4!Mr Carter 🎅🏼
@TheCranbourne - December 19
Well done to all the musicians who took part in our Christmas piano and recorder concert. Happy Christmas!
@TheCranbourne - December 18
What a lot of fabulous musicians at Cranbourne. They are all so talented … and brave to perform in front of such a large audience.
@TheCranbourne - December 13
Reception - we are so proud of you. Two fantastic performances today to your families. Well done everybody 😃
@TheCranbourne - December 8
The FoCS disco is in full swing. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped out. Sorry we couldn’t tire the children out!
@TheCranbourne - December 8
And the winning class - 5 PW A big thank you to our judges - Mrs Semark, Ms Edwards, Mr Dennis and Mr Sampford. Well done to everyone
@TheCranbourne - December 8
Year one were visited today by Santa and FOCS. FOCS have brought a gift for everyone in the school. Thank you very much!
@TheCranbourne - December 8
@TheCranbourne - December 8
The judging has begun! Some fantastic cakes.
@TheCranbourne - December 8
Year 2 are having a great DT day!
@TheCranbourne - December 8
Look at these fantastic arty children in Year 2…