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You have the right to a good quality education.

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Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

At Stanburn Primary School we have been on a journey to develop our own exciting and inspiring curriculum which meets the needs of our diverse community. We want children to feel inspired by what they are learning and we make sure that lessons are memorable by building upon what pupils already know and bringing learning to life.
Through our half termly themes and Big Questions we stimulate curiosity and generate interest. We use our Big Questions to launch an inquiry based approach, with pupils asking further questions and seeking answers across the curriculum. There is not usually a specific, correct answer to each Big Question and we encourage pupils to think across the breadth and depth of the curriculum to come up with new and interesting responses, making connections between different areas of learning.

Big Questions for the website

We believe reading is the key to unlocking learning and so reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We have selected high quality core texts which link in closely with our themes and represent a broad range of cultures and ethnicities. We regularly review and update the texts used. We have a comprehensive reading programme in place to develop this important skill in all pupils, with a range of strategies in place:

• Daily phonics in the Early Years (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1) with catch up programmes where appropriate;
• Whole class guided reading in KS1 and Key Stage 2 (KS2) using the Vipers approach (see graphic);
• Regular 1:1 reading in EYFS and KS1, and across the school where appropriate;
• Weekly reading books sent home with a home reading log (reading diary);
• Access to online books (Bug Club); and
• Regular opportunities for reading across the curriculum.

“The teaching of reading is a particular strength.” OFSTED

reading Vipers


Our curriculum offer covers the entire range of subjects as set out in the National Curriculum, with KS2 pupils learning French on a weekly basis. We regularly provide expert guidance through the use of subject specialists and have a strong programme of visits and visitors which further enliven our curriculum.

For further information about each subject area please click on the relevant links on the right.
To read our half termly curriculum newsletters click here:

Early Years
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2

 We also offer a range of extra-curricular activities that children can participate in by joining after school and lunchtime clubs. Art, social skills, youth club, dance, drama, cricket, athletics, netball and football are some of the clubs which have been running recently. Children also have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument, with all pupils learning how the play the recorder in year 2 and a range of instrument lessons available for KS2 pupils.


“The school certainly shapes pupils’ character and develops them for the next stage of their education.” OFSTED

We have a strong, carefully planned programme of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC hyperlink) development. Throughout our curriculum, and beyond, we promote our school values and also the fundamental British values of:
• Democracy;
• The rule of law;
• Individual liberty;
• Mutual respect; and
• Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
These principles are enhanced through assemblies, Pupil Parliament and PSHCE education as well as our broad, balanced curriculum.

To find out about how we assess learning click here.