Granby Primary School

Ready, Respectful, Safe

The Granby Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

At Granby, we believe that learning is a lifelong experience, which should be rewarding and enjoyable.


Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, which has been adapted to suit the needs of Granby pupils. Children's learning is extended through a range of extra-curricular activities, visitors and trips, which enrich their experience and build on the core knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on personal development, including thinking skills, learning muscles and personal, social and emotional development in order to prepare children for the next stage in their learning; enable them to be successful in the community; and lead happy and rewarding lives. Through quality first teaching, we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices in life. 


We recognise the importance of active learning that engages children, helping them to achieve their true potential and make the best progress possible. Children are given opportunities to talk imaginatively and expressively; share opinions; and to explain and clarify their thinking. Children are encouraged to learn collaboratively and work in mixed ability 'learning partners' for much of the day, with the aim of promoting confidence in all learners and encouraging a growth mindset. 


Children also learn how to behave appropriately and build positive relationships with others.  They are taught to follow the Granby Way and be 'Ready, Respectful and Safe'. We aim to support children in becoming positive, responsible citizens who can work and co-operate with others while showing tolerance and respect. We actively promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance, in order to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.


Curriculum Intent

Granby's curriculum aims to:

  • Ignite a love of learning by providing a broad and balanced education for all pupils that is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment
  • Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills; be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations; and be confident enough to take risks in their learning
  • Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in order that they develop into respectful, tolerant, polite and considerate members of society
  • Support pupils’ physical development; instil a sense of responsibility for their own physical health; and enable them to develop healthy, active lifestyles
  • Support pupil’s emotional development to offer guidance and strategies which promote good mental health and wellbeing
  • Develop a 'ready to learn' attitude that includes a growth mindset and an understanding that our learning muscles can be exercised and developed
  • Ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations of every pupil; appropriate levels of challenge and support; and a high academic/vocational/technical ambition for all pupils
  • Equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in later life
  • Promote the learning and development of our youngest children and ensure they are ready to transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage One 
  • Encourage all learners from a young age to develop independence, self-discipline, responsibility, self-respect and the ability to build resilience
  • Enable pupils to feel safe and valued as part of a caring community that celebrates success
  • Encourage pupils to develop a sense of pride and self-esteem so that they grow up to be well-balanced and healthy citizens who have positive relationships with others

Curriculum Spotlights

We have recently installed 'curriculum spotlight' boards on the two staircases linking our downstairs and upstairs halls, which allow our curriculum coordinators to showcase work from a different year group each half term.  The work on display gives a snapshot of what is happening in each of the different subjects across KS1 and KS2 and - over time - will show how children's learning in these subjects progresses as they move through the school.  This half-term's boards are featured below.