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Primary School


Curriculum Rationale

Enquiry at Stanbridge Primary School






Curriculum Intent:

Our intention is to create a culture of curiosity and challenge that permeates both explicit and hidden curricula. Our school is in the early stages of implementing a local, bespoke version of the Curious-cityTM approach that inspires and guides our teachers to create contextually relevant enquiry-led experiences.


Our teachers want to inspire learners using local people, places and stories relevant to Stanbridge.  We are passionate that learners study people from our local community and history, to then use this knowledge to understand the world around them. The curriculum will immerse the learners in the context of our local community, as well as the 21st century world.

Ambition, Bravery and Creativity:

Our aim at Stanbridge is to create ambitious, creative and brave life-long learners who are curious about the world around them.

We will teach them the skills and knowledge required through a series of enquiries, all based around a single question with no clear answer. Learners will journey through the enquiry, unpicking the question and building an answer from the knowledge and skills they acquire. Learners will be encouraged to challenge each other with reasoned and balanced arguments as their opinions develop. We want all of our learners to feel brave enough to have a voice, even if this is different from their peers. Developing our learner’s oracy and resilience skills is a key focus this year at Stanbridge.

Through their time at Stanbridge we will be equipping our children to become:









Curriculum Implementation:

In a nutshell, enquiry-led learning provokes learners with key questions too big to answer in one go, but not so conceptually large that they cannot understand. The purpose is to guide learners through a scaffolded process, answering the big question with a piece of writing for example, performance or animation. As cognitive development, emotional literacy and language immersion underpin the Curious-city approach, as well as purposeful links to mastery-led learning principles and attachment theory, we recognise learners awareness of the world develops as they mature and that this has a significant impact on their ability to learn. Our job is to help learners make sense of the world, not just expose them to it.


The usual Author (English) and Mathematicians (maths) teaching sequences continue, enhanced by locally rich and relevant experiences through the inclusion of significant people, places and stories by weaving in faith, community and culture into enquiries. National Curriculum subject objectives from science, history, geography, art & design, design and technology and music are woven throughout enquiries as seen on the Whole School Enquiries Map. Other subjects including P.E., PHSE, R.E. and computing will be taught discretely. To learn more about how we teach English and maths at Stanbridge follow this link:


Curriculum Impact: Be Brave, Not Perfect

The impact of our curriculum at Stanbridge will be to create resilient, inquisitive learners who understand that ‘knowledge’ is an ongoing acquisition.

The impact of this philosophy can be seen through the learning journey the children take in enquiry books, floor books, displays and challenges.


Learners will be able to demonstrate they have retained knowledge through distance assessments and pupil interviews.

Our exciting curriculum, and supportive school community, will nurture and celebrate the talents of every individual in both academic and creative endeavours; whilst promoting the development of confidence and resilience as we prepare our learners for the next stage of their journey.