Rift House Primary School

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Curriculum by Subject



Curriculum – Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception)

Teaching in Nursery builds on the learning experiences children have already achieved at home. This develops through to Reception year. Most of the learning children do is through structured play, which is appropriate to the needs of very young children.

Teachers follow the Foundation Stage curriculum. We encourage children to learn through exploration and play. 


Curriculum – Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

At Rift House Primary we offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences. We recognise programmes of study form one part of the school curriculum and other areas need to be planned for to ensure a curriculum for our pupils that is both broad and balanced. We recognise the value of providing children with real life experience to enhance their understanding and bring meaning and purpose to their learning.  Furthermore, provision is made for a daily act of collective worship; implementation of religious education to pupils at every key stage; as well as sex and relationship education. The school curriculum provides learning opportunities to develop personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) which is taught both discretely and embedded at the core of our school alongside whole school implementation of The Mindfulness Philosophy. Additionally we have developed a CHOICES approach that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


We believe:

  • each pupil is entitled to receive the best education possible and achieve the highest standards;
  • the curriculum should meet pupils’ individual needs, be bespoke and promote a love of learning through enjoyment;
  • pupils learn best from a broad and challenging curriculum that is tailored and personal to them;
  • the curriculum should involve first-hand experience and be taught in ways which make sense for pupils and be delivered in a range of different ways to accommodate a range of learning styles;
  • achievement in a range of subjects across the curriculum, including science, humanities and the arts, improves pupils’ confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to tackle more challenging work and develop a positive and resilient attitude towards school (GROWTH Mindset);
  • improving pupils’ confidence and self-esteem has a positive effect upon their attainment in the core subjects.



taste it, touch it, see it, smell it, hear it’ 


Planned and focused opportunity for first hand, real life experience is essential in ensuring our children acquire knowledge and skills that commit to long term memory and that is why school embed a ‘senses’ philosophy in all areas of our curriculum.

Our vision is that through carefully planned, memorable, sensory learning experiences; high quality teaching; collaboration, and a united aim our curriculum enables children to make the right ‘CHOICES’ and that these positive attributes will support them not only in their next stage of learning but throughout their lives:


C – Caring and Kind

We are empathetic & compassionate and want to make a positive contribution, big or small

H – Honest and Respectful

We appreciate and learn from our own and other cultures, history, values & traditions and value honesty & fairness

O – Organised

We can self-manage our time & projects and organise our thoughts & ideas

I – Imaginative

We can use a range of thinking skills including being creative to solve problems and make reasoned decisions

C – Confident

We are reflective risk takers who approach challenges with resilience & determination both independently and by communicating positively with others

E – Enthusiastic

We foster a love of learning that is lifelong

S – Safe and Responsible

We know how to keep ourselves safe through the choices we make about our own personal wellbeing and understand how our actions can affect and impact upon ourselves and others


Each of the below STATEMENTS OF INTENT support this idea and make clear how we intend to teach each subject.

Each PDF document outlines: specific subject aims; how we plan, teach, assess, support all stakeholders and measure impact; and, utilise supporting documents either created by the school or by making use of ready-made resources that we deem to be of the highest quality.


Additionally, for each subject the school proudly has subject specific marking & feedback and display policies that ensure consistency in the school and are referenced in each statement – these can be made available on request as can staff who will be more than happy to discuss the school’s curriculum in detail.






Art & Design


Design & Technology





Physical Education

Religious Education