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Helmingham Primary School & Nursery

Curriculum Intent & Implementation

Our key stage 1 and 2 curriculum intent and implemenation


Our aim

At Helmingham Primary School and Nursery we want all our children to be enquiring, be inspired, to inspire others and able to persevere to achieve their best.


We offer and exciting and engaging broad and balanced curriculum to provide our children with knowledge and skills to learn, investigate and enquire.

We meet the needs of our children through ensuring the inclusion of

  • Difference: Our children learn to respect, understand and tolerate difference within and beyond the school environment.
  • Possibilities:  Our children are supported to make considered choices about their future and their role in the world around them.
  • Self-direction:  We aim for all our children to be able to independently tackle, explore, research and embrace new experiences.

These 3 areas drive the planning and implementation of our curriculum.


Our curriculum is underpinned by skills, knowledge and experiences.  Across the year the children learn through whole school topics and focus days.  These are planned with lead curriculum areas that enable us to deliver in depth learning.  Because our school is small, we have a fluid class structure.  Consequently our long term plans ensure children meet topics once during their time at school whilst keeping progression of skills and knowledge.

Whole school topics enable a clear sequencing of learning, create a common language and enable all children to work together across the school. Our plans include, through Primary Entitlement statements, experiences we believe the children should have as part of their childhood.  Wherever possible visits, visitors and enrichment activities enhance learning experiences.  Specialist teachers support computing and physical education.  The outdoor environment is used to facilitate outdoor learning.

The English curriculum is taught using Talk 4 Writing.  Children develop their literacy skills by the imitation of texts that they learn using actions and mapping techniques.   They then move on to innovation of these stories by including their own ideas.  The children work towards independent writing with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

Our maths work is based on the White Rose, using small steps of learning enabling the children to master the concepts taught.

Our knowledge learning is underpinned with a skills progression using Chris Quigley’s Essential milestones for each phase in school.