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 - October 13
Upper School are currently participating in an author event for Black History Month. They are finding out about how Joseph Coelho was inspired to be a writer. He started by writing poetry which he performed because he loved playing with words.
@TheCranbourne - September 24
Year 1 finding consecutive number patterns in maths this morning.
@TheCranbourne - September 17
Year 2 are having great fun at the skipping workshop.
@TheCranbourne - September 16
Year 6 have been game designers this week and are now enjoying playing each other’s games. Watch out Nintendo!
@TheCranbourne - September 16
What a great way to start the new term. Skipping workshops are in full swing.
@TheCranbourne - September 15
Year 1 embracing their musical skills today 😁
@TheCranbourne - September 14
Year one have been exploring their taste buds by trying different foods.
@TheCranbourne - September 10
“Would you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly. Ask Year 3 about today’s poem!
@TheCranbourne - September 7
Year 1 exploring their senses in the secret garden today.
@TheCranbourne - September 7
Year 3 investigated forces needed to pull a sledge this afternoon. Ask them about gravity & friction. (And no, Mr Carter isn’t THAT heavy...🤨)
@TheCranbourne - September 7
Year one have been enjoying playing together after the summer.
@TheCranbourne - August 15
How many books have you read this summer?
@TheCranbourne - July 26
It was all hands to the decks last night when school was flooded by the rain. Brilliant team work until nearly midnight. Back in today. We really don’t need more rain!
@TheCranbourne - July 16
Year 6 have had a great end to their Cranbourne years with a beach party on the field. The ice-creams provided by Mrs O'Shea were greatly appreciated by the children and staff. Class of 2021 we are going to miss you. Miss Beach and Miss Wilkinson
@TheCranbourne - July 12
Some more duckling swimming fun in Year 1.
@TheCranbourne - July 12
The ducklings had a brilliant first swimming lesson today !
@TheCranbourne - July 12
The ducklings enjoyed a run around on the carpet this morning in Year 1 :)
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- July 10
Nice morning in my Deputy Mayor role judging the gardening done by the children. Good to see everyone coming back together as one school. + One community
@TheCranbourne - July 9
What a high standard of competition. The gardens looked amazing ... and the winners are .... Upper school and year 1. Runners up were year 3. Congratulations to everyone involved. A special thank you to our judges Mrs Semark, Mrs Taylor and Deputy Mayor Cllr Seeby.
@TheCranbourne - July 9
It’s nearly time for the Cranbourne flower show judging! The excitement mounts ...