Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

Curriculum intent

 At Sharples we believe that pupils’ learning and development should be at the heart of the curriculum; it should be broad and balanced and equip pupils with the skills necessary to succeed in life after school. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our values of igniting a brighter future for all our children.

Sharples’ bespoke curriculum is broad and balanced taking into account our school’s unique characteristics. Our curriculum is designed so that an enquiry based approach enables children to grow as individuals as well as learners.

Through a combination of learning techniques, we aim to ensure pupils enjoy learning and feel prepared for life after school. We also intend to offer our pupils new and exciting experiences through extra-curricular activities that are designed to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem.

We recognise that pupils should be challenged in their schooling; learning from failures and celebrating successes. We intend for our curriculum to be empowering, enabling pupils to develop their interpersonal skills, creativity and independence.

Curriculum Implementation

Our staff value the different ways in which pupils learn and plan lessons to account for these differences, cross-curricular links ensure that pupils can draw upon knowledge from different subjects and understand how they relate to each other and everyday life. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child.

Outstanding classroom environments support and enrich the children’s learning experiences and celebrate their achievements. The curriculum is designed to be inclusive and ambitious for all pupils regardless of their ability or needs.

We provide a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils that enhance their learning experience. The activities range from after-school clubs, to educational trips and visits.. Extra-curricular activities are designed to enhance pupils’ learning experience, form personal connections between pupils and their peers, and teach skills essential for life after school.

Curriculum Impact

Our curriculum has been designed for a range of learners, providing equal opportunities for all – by doing this, pupils will benefit in the following ways:

  • Learning how to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Show resilience and ability to adapt to change
  • becoming responsible individuals who contribute to community living and the environment
  • Achieving to the best of their ability
  • Acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience
  • Finding a sense of belonging to the school and its community
  • Learning how to cooperate with their peers and respect one another inside and outside the classroom.


The curriculum we offer comprises the following elements:

  • The National Curriculum
  • Religious Education
  • Collective Worship (Assemblies)
  • Personal, Social, Health, Education and Citizenship (including sex education)
  • Various Extra Curricular Activities and Hobby Clubs
  • Sporting Events and Competitions (in school and with other schools)
  • Day Trips and Visits
  • Music and Drama Performances
  • Musical Instrument Tuition
  • Swimming
  • Liaison events with Sharples High School
  • Our curriculum is also enhanced by the invitation of guest speakers and performers.
Phonics Scheme

The phonics scheme we use in Key Stage 1 is Read Write Inc. You can find useful parents Information about Read Write Inc. by clicking the link below:

Learning in the Foundation Stage - Nursery and Reception

Learning in the Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception

The Early Years Foundation Stage has seven areas of learning and development which have been produced by government. These are used when we plan, observe and assess children and help us to make sure that every child is challenged and supported in their development and success.

There are three prime areas:

Personal Social and Emotional Development;

Physical Development;

Communication and Language.

There are also 4 specific areas:



Understanding the World;

Expressive Arts and Design.

Children in Nursery and Reception benefit from both indoor and outdoor areas and experience much of their learning through play. They have time to learn as separate classes and as a shared unit enabling all children to achieve to their individual potential.

Learning in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 - (Year 1 & 2) (Years 3, 4, 5, 6)

Learning in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – (Year 1 & 2) (Years 3, 4, 5, 6)

We follow the programmes of study of the National Curriculum.

We believe that first hand experiences are very important. We use educational visits as well as inviting interesting visitors such as musicians, poets and drama groups to our school.

We are fortunate to have high quality outdoor learning provision to enhance learning across school including an allotment, attractive gazebo large enough for a whole class and Key Stage One landscaped outdoor classroom.

We encourage the children to be independent. We help them to learn to be self-disciplined, organised and to plan ahead.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 aims to provide pupils with a solid foundation in the major areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing, while, at the same time, developing pupils’ knowledge and skills through other curriculum areas. Emphasis is placed on English, both written and oral, so that the children learn to read fluently and with understanding. Children are encouraged to develop their handwriting skills from an early age. Basic arithmetic and a more general knowledge of Mathematics are given equal emphasis. In Science, children carry out practical investigations and become familiar with their environment.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 includes children aged 7 to 11. The curriculum covers the full range of curriculum subjects. We recognise the importance of preparing our children well for secondary school by instilling good study habits and developing them as independent learners. Children are encouraged to make increasing use of resources to study independently. Children undertake Key Stage 2 National Tests in Year 6, which are externally assessed. They are also tested in Years 3, 4 and 5. We use various tests from Years 1 to 6 to help us to monitor year-on-year progress as well as ongoing assessment of day to day learning by class teachers. Children undertake Key Stage 2 National Tests in Year 6.


Children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion and problem solving. They develop their mental strategies before using any other approach. As they progress they learn paper and pencil procedures for enabling them to tackle more difficult problems and investigations. They develop their number skills, measuring skills and explore features of shape and space. They present their methods and reasoning using a wide range of mathematical language, diagrams and charts.


Children develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to:

• Communicate with others effectively and to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.• Be enthusiastic readers of stories, poetry and drama and non-fiction texts.• Understand how language works by learning about spelling and grammar.• Use what they have learned in different situations.


Children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and events. They collect and analyse evidence to help them answer questions and to make links to apply what they have learned. They share ideas using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.


Children are taught skills such as mapping, collecting data, observing and analysing evidence. Different localities are studied both at home and in contrasting countries. Four other themes are also studied: rivers, weather, settlements and environmental change.


Children develop an awareness of the past and the ways it differs from the present. Children learn about important episodes and developments in Britain’s past and also about ancient civilisations and the history of other parts of the world.

Design Technology

Design technology enables children to learn skills and concepts and gain knowledge, which willhelp them in an ever changing world. They learn to identify needs, to design, make, problemsolve and evaluate. Mechanisms, structures, materials, textiles, food, electrical circuits, construction kits are all part of Design Technology.


Children are introduced to a wide variety of materials and they are taught many skills. Their artistic appreciation and understanding is encouraged. Careful observation is encouraged and specific techniques are taught. Children are encouraged to develop creative ways of expressing their ideas, thoughts and feelings.


We enjoy music at Sharples. We have regular singing assemblies and perform a wide range of songs for ourselves and for our parents. We aim to allow every child the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy a variety of music through active participation in appraising, performing and composing. We make use of specialist teaching from the Bolton Music Service to enhance our music provision.


We have a laptop computer suite for teaching ICT skills. Every class has an interactive whiteboard. Children learn how to analyse, process and present information as well as the use of e-mail and the internet. The children use their skills and knowledge in ICT in other areas of their learning. Children are taught the importance of safety when using the internet.

Physical Education

Children develop their physical skills through indoor and outdoor games, gymnastics, movement and dance. Children go swimming in Key Stage Two for one term during the Key Stage.

Religious Education

Children learn about Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. They follow the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education. We value our multicultural links and aim to foster an understanding and respect for other faiths.

Collective Worship

There is a daily act of worship (assembly) in school, broadly based on Christian principles in accordance with the Education Act of 1988. Parents may withdraw their child from assemblies if they wish.


At Sharples Primary School we follow the Read, Write Inc. Phonics programme, published by Oxford University Press, in order to teach word reading, comprehension and spelling in EYFS and KS1. This is supplemented by a range of additional reading schemes and comprehension resources, including Rigby Star, Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree, to provide further practice and challenge.