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Our Curriculum Intent

  • High aspirations that lead to exceptional achievement for all
  • Celebrate differences and foster empathy and tolerance

  • Develop the knowledge and life skills that enable pupils to achieve well as individuals in all walks of society

At Bricknell Primary the curriculum is carefully designed to recognise the context of the school and its community. We have carefully researched and evaluated the outcomes of previous pupils (NEET) and have designed our curriculum to give all pupils the knowledge required to confidently access their KS3 education.

At Bricknell, we celebrate our pupils as individuals and uncover their interests and strengths to enable them to have a solid foundation to further themselves. We recognise that all children are different and whilst celebrating these differences, we invest in enabling all pupils to have the same opportunities to reach their full potential.

Throughout the curriculum, our dedicated leaders have taken the expectations from the National Curriculum and created progression documents. Within these progression documents our progressive objectives identify what pupils should know and be able to do in each subject area by the end of each year group and link to prior learning. These enable teachers to identify and plug gaps in pupils learning.

Within each subject, pupils will develop a deep understanding of key concepts. These key concepts have been carefully considered and identified as the core knowledge required to successfully achieve in the subject area. The Key concepts are revisited and developed as the pupils move through the school to ensure the knowledge is firmly embed within the long term memory. The expectation is that by the end of Primary School, children will know and understand these key concepts and give them a solid foundation to enter KS3.

In addition to first order concepts, subject leaders have identified subject specific second order concepts. These can be used across all aspects of a subject to organise the substantive knowledge taught.

Any child working below their age-related expectation, will receive a tailored curriculum with personalised objectives taken from the Curriculum Assessment Toolkit. This will enable all children to build the skills and knowledge needed to bridge the gap between themselves and their peers enabling them to reach their full potential.

Our aim is to provide inclusive and aspirational environments and learning experiences where pupils thrive and build the cultural capital they need to make aspirational choices about their own futures, overcoming any barriers. In order to achieve this, our curriculum is underpinned by the principles highlighted in our Aspiration Curriculum.


At Bricknell Primary School, our curriculum is carefully mapped out into a Long Term Plan by our highly skilled subject coordinators. This enables links between subjects to be identified and carefully planned for to support pupil’s retention of knowledge. Three broad themes across the year capture the pupil’s imagination, interests and thirst for knowledge. Subjects are taught discretely through units of work and books demonstrate the pupil’s progressive learning journey from year to year.

At Bricknell, all lessons will follow the same teaching sequence outlined below.


A wide range of strategies are used to measure the impact of our curriculum. In the majority of subjects, the teaching sequence enables the class teachers to assess the knowledge acquired by pupils through the use of Big Questions. The use of Big Questions enables teachers to identify the knowledge absorbed into the long term memory of individual pupils. As a result of this assessment tool, pupil’s misconceptions or gaps in subject knowledge are addressed and additional teaching is provided. Standards in the majority of subjects are monitored through the use of an internal assessment tool.

To support our pupils in the retention of knowledge, weekly quizzes take place to revisit prior learning and recently taught concepts.

Subject Leaders monitor the effectiveness of their curriculum through carrying out regular subject 360 evaluations. These evaluations are quality assured by the Curriculum Lead. Senior Leadership and Governors.

We monitor the effectiveness of our curriculum through pupil and parental voice throughout the course of the year.

‘We are very happy with Bricknell as a whole.  He is becoming more confident and is well supported.  Thank you to all of the teachers.’

- parent comments

‘Positive environment and appropriate challenge for development, excellent.’

- parent comments

Any concerns raised have been dealt with swiftly.’

- parent comments

‘Thank you for helping us with her worries and for the support.’

- parent comments

Thank you so much to all of the  members of staff; our child is extremely happy here and we are very grateful.’

- parent comments

‘She is very happy at school and I only hear positive things.  Many thanks to all the teaching staff.’

- parent comments

‘We couldn’t be happier with the care and education my child has received so far.’

- parent comments

I cannot fault the school or staff.  Everyone is very supportive.’

- parent comments

‘She is enjoying school a lot.  She is challenged appropriately and not over-loaded with homework.  She speaks positively about her time at the school and her teacher.’

- parent comments

My son is extremely happy in all aspects of school.  Fantastic teacher and an excellent education. ‘

- parent comments

‘Very happy with my child’s start to year 5.’

- parent comments

I am delighted with how happy she is at school.  Her skills are clearly progressing and she is extremely well supported.  Her teacher clearly knows her very well.’

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