• Develop lifelong skills which drive a love of learning / thirst for knowledge /
  • Grow an understanding of ourselves, each other, the world and our place in it
  • Nurture curiosity and creativity that feed the imagination
  • Cultivate aspiration through motivation, excitement and self-belief
  • Instill Respect, Responsibility and Resilience

Principles of our curriculum:

  • In line with mastery learning, we will focus on depth before breadth in every subject area so that pupils can attain proficiency and study the curriculum with confidence.
  • Teach pupils Personal Learning and Thinking Skills so that they become successful and motivated learners, internationally minded confident and responsible citizens.
  • Develop and nurture collaborative learning within the Trust so that pupils develop social skills,
  • Endorse high quality project based learning so that pupils are motivated by real purposes and real audiences from which high quality learning is produced, less abstract more concrete.
  • Promote feedback which allows pupils time to engage, reflect and review – including peer and self evaluation so that they are capable of improving their own learning.
  • Ensure oracy is at the heart of the curriculum so that our pupils are able to express themselves fluently, grammatically and confidently.
  • Develop social and emotional learning so that our pupils are self aware, foster positive relationships and achieve personal well-being.
  • Participate in the arts so that our pupils develop artistically and creatively
  • Provide an experience rich curriculum so that all pupils can pursue personal interests and talents
  • Digital technology is used effectively and creatively so that pupils are digitally fluent and equipped for life.
  • Enable our pupils to demonstrate learning in different ways, not always pages in an exercise book but photographs, posters, products presentations and performances
  • Foster a growth mindset in our pupils so that they have the strength of character to persevere.

Curriculum Content

At Yewdale Primary School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is created from a variety of sources including The National Curriculum, The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Discovery RE. It is the school belief that ‘Children come first’ therefore our curriculum needs to be vibrant, stimulating, engaging, exciting and most of all make learning fun. From this ethos, our pupils leave Yewdale Primary School with a rich knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in the next phase of their learning adventure.

We use The National Curriculum to support the planning and teaching of Mathematics and English. Please click on the links below to see subject specific descriptors as well as a link to our Calculation Progression which illustrates the order in which the children learn calculation methods:

CET Curriculum

Yewdale School has developed a bespoke curriculum developing from the starting point of the International Primary Curriculum ( IPC)  . The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-12 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. It has been designed to ensure rigorous learning but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. Learning with the IPC takes a global approach helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.

Moving from the IPC, staff explored specific aspects of the national curriculum that curriculum leaders felt needed greater coverage and depth of learning. From this, the curriculum leaders identified key aspects of learning that it was felt needed to be covered to offer an inspirational curriculum that fulfilled the national curriculum. The outcome has been to create a curriculum that delivers the national curriculum but at the same time offers a curriculum offer that is unique.

Long term Plans for the academic year 2017/18 can be found at the bottom of this page. This long term plans ensures that the curriculum offer is exciting, broad and balanced.

English and Maths leaders have explored the national curriculum and linking to the Rising Stars framework, developed a long term plan for teachers to follow to ensure continuity and coverage of all the core elements from the national curriculum.

From these two documents, teachers are able to plan, deliver and assess all learning skills to ensure learning is matched for need.

To ensure the children have the opportunity to ‘Be the Best they can Be’ and develop skills to become lifelong learners, we promote the use of eight different Powers of Learning throughout all aspects of daily school life. These are called Ruby – (Respect), Emerald – (Resilience), Sapphire – (Responsibility), Topaz – (Morality), Diamond – (Adaptability), Amethyst – (Communication), Amber – (Co-operation) and Opal – (Enquiry). (For a more in depth look at what each of the goals entail, click on the link below.) In order to know how you can support your children with their learning at home, please have a look at the three IPC documents below.

To support the teaching and planning of RE, we use Discovery RE which is an enquiry – based approach to Religious Education for primary children of all ages. It is a progressive scheme that is broken into four steps; Engagement, Investigation, Evaluation and Expression. Through the enquiry based approach, children not only gain knowledge and understanding of a variety of world religions, but also develop an understanding of how beliefs impact on daily lives.

French is delivered in all classes and is based on the National Curriculum Guidance for Foreign Languages.

Here at Yewdale, our pupils love Physical Education. As well as teaching PE in house, we also have strong PE links with William Howard, Workington School and Richard Rose Morton Academy. Through our links with MAT schools and Carlisle FC, our pupils benefit from PE coaching that enhances the already strong PE provision within our existing team. We also take the opportunity to participate in many sports festivals hosted by locally throughout the year and attend festivals organised by schools and clubs in Carlisle.

Our after school and lunchtime sports opportunities include a variety of clubs hosted by SPAA (Sport and Physical Activity Association) in addition to a broad and diverse range of after school clubs led by members of staff.

We offer a variety of peripatetic music lessons including Wood wind and String sessions. In addition to the instrumental opportunities, we also have a weekly singing assembly, a school choir and dance group. The Trust are exploring options to offer a wider range of musical and drama opportunities for our pupils culminating in a shared drama extravaganza planned for November 2017.

To bring both the instrumental and singing groups together, we hold a Summer Musical Recital in which all of our musical groups and school choir their love of music with parents and other family members.

When the children become a member of Year 4, they have the opportunity to go on a two night residential trip to Robinwood in Alston where they get to enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as Caving, Canoeing, team building, Dungeon of Doom and much more! In June 2017, our Year 6 Class attended a week’s residential trip to Dalguise, Perthshire where they participated in a variety of fun filled activities with the aim challenging all pupils, taking them out of their comfort zone, these include an assault course, abseiling, high ropes, raft building plus much more.

Our pupils enjoy the learning here at Yewdale, we hope that this brief overview gives you a flavour of the learning culture here, please feel free to come and have a look for yourself. We welcome visitors to our school, so if you would like to book a visit, you can find the contact details on the ‘About Us’ tab at the top of our website.