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Curriculum Introduction

Curriculum Statement: Intent, Implementation, Impact


Through our carefully planned, sequential and progressive curriculum we aim for all pupils at Great Doddington to have secured the skills and knowledge they need in later life and to be ready for the next stage of their education by the time the reach the end of Year 6. We want our pupils to:

  • develop a lifelong love of learning and reading
  • develop their communication skills through a broad vocabulary which enables them to ask questions and express themselves fluently
  • know how to remain healthy, happy and safe
  • understand, accept and respect diversity across the local and global community
  • develop an awareness of opportunities beyond what they already know
  • develop their confidence, resilience and become deeper, critical thinkers and decision makers

To enable us to ensure our curriculum provides the identified outcomes we have chosen three curriculum drivers which encompass what we want the curriculum to provide and which underpin the planning of the curriculum across all subjects:  

1. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion   2. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind    3. Reading and Oracy


We know that learning happens when there is a change to long term memory. We have therefore planned our curriculum so that pupils have the opportunity to progressively build on their prior learning by linking what they already know to new knowledge and skills over time.  Across all subjects we plan for engaging learning opportunities through first hand learning experiences wherever possible, both in the classroom and beyond. In support of making learning ‘stick’, our curriculum plans also enable the revisiting of prior learning to support pupils in linking it to new, progressive knowledge and skills to support pupils in knowing and remembering more.

Based on what we know from cognitive science, we think beyond the notion of progression as moving quickly onwards from one topic or level. We value opportunities to discuss, explain and apply what has been learned in different contexts and probe and research particular issues which adds depth to the progression of learning and promotes the development of mastery.

Our curriculum planning enables pupils to share their learning across the school. Where classes are mixed age there is a progression of knowledge and skills mapped out for each year group. Each subject has its own Intent, Implementation and Impact statement to demonstrate how the golden threads of planned learning at whole school level are applied throughout all subjects the curriculum.

We teach the children about issues in the wider world and diversity through carefully planned assemblies and other experiences. This includes theatre visits, discussing and debating news items and participating in the community. We also develop our pupils’ cultural capital through carefully chosen resources and to ensure pupils are exposed to a broad range of experiences and opportunities.


We use various strategies to measure the impact of our curriculum which include:

  • Ongoing assessment during lessons with regular reviewing the learning across a sequence of lessons
  • Pupil voice to check if children can articulate what they have learnt
  • Comparing books and children’s work over time to determine progress made
  • Summative judgements made at the end of sequences of work
  • Formal assessment which identifies gaps in knowledge and understanding to inform future planning
  • Observing teaching and learning to identify strengths and needs to support teachers to become experts

Our curriculum topics at Great Doddington:

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Early Years Reception/Year 1

To Infinity and Beyond

Down at the Bottom of the Garden

Land Ahoy!

Year 1/Year 2

Our Place in Space

Let’s Grow!

Beside the Seaside

Year 3

Tomb Raiders

Treetop Explorers

Stone Age to Iron Age

Year 4

Ancient Maya

Masters of Disasters

What did the Romans Ever Do for Us?

Year 5

Wonderful Water

Raiders and Invaders

Off with Her Head!

Year 6

Greece is the Word

Survival of the Fittest

Keep Calm and Carry On


To find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher or contact Mrs Rodwell (Curriculum Lead).

Contact Details

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Great Doddington Primary
Church Lane
Great Doddington
NN29 7TR
Phone: 01933 225814

Key Contacts

Executive Head Teacher - Mrs J Garnham

Head of School - Miss R Shelton

Chair of Governors - Mrs M Braham

SENCO- Mrs V McGregor

How to Find Us

How to find Great Doddington Primary