We CARE • Curiosity - Aspiration - Respect - Enthusiasm


We CARE • Curiosity - Aspiration - Respect - Enthusiasm

The Curriculum at Cholsey School


At the heart of our school curriculum is our vision and values.

School staff ensure that the school’s four core principles of Curiosity, Aspiration, Respect and Enthusiasm are reflected in all aspects of learning. We want our children to be excited and enthused about their lessons and to engage fully by having a say in what they are learning about. We know that when children are curious, they are far more likely to stay engaged and remember what they have learnt. Teachers facilitate this in the classroom through discussion, investigative lessons and questioning. We want to inspire our children to be their very best and seek to provide opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge across the curriculum that will provide them with lifelong interests and aspirations. Respectful classroom environments ensure that all children’s voices are heard and contribute fully. Older children support their younger peers in many areas of the curriculum through buddying up and we take pride in our learning which is celebrated across the school community through newsletter, blogs and open classrooms.

We have a collaborative approach to learning that involves whole school umbrella topics. At the start of each topic we aim to have a launch event of some kind to generate interest and spark curiosity. This might be a visitor, trip or even an unusual object! The umbrella topics will be covered in different ways across the main school phases following a 2 year cycle. For example, our topic  Our Wonderful World is focused on the local environment in KS1, rivers and oceans in lower KS2 and rainforests and natural disasters in upper KS2. The children are asked what questions they have about these topics and learning is tailored to this where possible.

At the end of each big topic, we aim to have a celebration event where learning across the school is celebrated and parents and carers are invited to come in and see what we have achieved.

Progress in learning is carefully monitored and staff work hard to address misconceptions and gaps in knowledge. All teaching staff lead the learning in a particular subject area which ensures that whole school support and development of the curriculum takes place, often in the form of coaching, training, planning support or resource development.

Please visit our subject specific pages to find out more about what we offer in each subject area.

We are careful to ensure that our curriculum is built upon the following foundations. Our experienced staff work hard to get the most out of their subject areas.


Children will develop a love for learning that makes school an exciting place to be.


Children will retain knowledge and apply their meta-skills to different situations.


Children will have a broad experience that is carefully mapped out to ensure progression and reduce repetition.


All stakeholders in the school will work together to enhance the learning experience

Adheres to School Values

All topics will align with school values vision and mission. We will not compromise these.

Our staff created the following word web to illustrate what they believed our curriculum can offer:

Our outstanding curriculum wordle

The hallmarks of an outstanding curriculum

 An outstanding curriculum:

  1. is underpinned by aims, values and purpose
  2. develops the whole person – knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  3. is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills
  4. is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences
  5. is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests
  6. embeds the principle of sustainability
  7. has an eye on the future and the needs of future citizens
  8. encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom
  9. makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time
  10. has a local, national and international dimension