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Welcome to our Curriculum Page! 

Our Philosophy

We, at Clarice Cliff Primary believe that primary education should be built on safe and memorable experiences, allowing each individual child to flourish and achieve their full potential. Our curriculum promotes adventure, creativity, curiosity and provides children with a variety of meaningful and purposeful opportunities, which they may not otherwise encounter. This allows our children to become confident and resilient individuals, who are able to problem solve and make sense of the world around them. English and Maths remain at the heart of our curriculum providing the essential knowledge, understanding and mastery that every child needs to prepare them for lifelong learning. Careful tailoring of the curriculum enables us to recognise and nurture children’s unique strengths and capabilities. Our learners will have strong foundations for their life ahead. They will be good citizens, physically and emotionally healthy, with the ability to make positive life choices for a brighter future.


Curriculum intent

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and meets the requirements of the national curriculum. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences.



  • Engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities.
  • Make meaningful links between subjects.
  • Develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of themes and concepts.
  • Make effective connections to the real world.
  • Help children to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Enable children to make choices about their learning.
  • Take account of children’s interests and fascinations.


Our approach:

  • develops children to the best of their abilities
  • helps children to find their passions and interests
  • facilitates children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally
  • assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community
  • promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school
  • helps children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • creates and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment
  • ensures that each child’s education has continuity and progression
  • enables children to contribute positively within a culturally diverse society


Our curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children’s learning and thinking.

The Four Cornerstones of Learning link explicitly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. 


The focus for teaching and planning in each Cornerstone is as follows.



  • hook learners in with a memorable experience
  • set the scene and provide the context
  • ask questions to provoke thought and interest
  • use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity


  • teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
  • demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation
  • provide creative opportunities for making and doing
  • deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum


  • provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
  • enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
  • encourage enterprise and independent thinking
  • work in groups and independently to solve problems


  • encourage reflective talk by asking questions
  • provide opportunities for shared evaluation
  • celebrate success
  • identify next steps for learning




English is a core subject and is at the heart of our curriculum. In English lessons, we follow the Clarice Cliff Reading and Writing Cycle. Our approach allows the curriculum to be delivered in a purposeful and engaging way, placing English and literature at the heart of all that we do. Aligned with end of year curriculum expectations, each unit is based on the use of high-quality texts, which provide the driver for each unit.  Each project covers a range of reading and writing genres and, where appropriate, links to other areas of the curriculum.

At Clarice Cliff Primary, we strongly value opportunities which allow our children to develop interactive speaking and listening skills. We aim to equip our pupils with the skills that will enable them to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels, leading to increased confidence and self-esteem. We incorporate the English Speaking Board’s (ESB) approach throughout the curriculum, which gives all children the opportunity to recite nursery rhymes and poetry, engage in discussion, prepare and make presentations, read aloud and respond to each other.




Mathematics is also a core subject and is taught discretely. Our Maths curriculum is based on the ‘Mastery approach’ of Mathematics. However, where relevant, mathematics is linked to ongoing project work. Throughout each unit, children develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics. Mathematical problem solving remains at the heart of teaching with the end goal being that all children will be able to problem solve, and be more flexible in their ways of dealing with certain questions in Maths through discussion and reasoning. Pupils are encouraged to identify, understand and apply relevant mathematical principles, making connections between different ideas. This builds the skills needed to tackle new problems, rather than simply repeating routines without grasping the principles. We ensure that children are given the opportunity to deepen their understanding of concepts rather than moving through a breadth of study.  We expect children to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.


What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Use the links below to see the curriculum overviews for each of our year groups.