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Wimborne St Giles

Church of England First School and Nursery


“Together We Grow”

Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum

The National Curriculum is the statutory requirement for learning for all pupils and its focus is to ensure that pupils develop essential knowledge and skills in all subject areas and promotes preparation for, and an appreciation of life in Modern Britain.  It aims to foster pupil creativity and develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills and attitudes.  The National Curriculum at Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3 -6) builds on the skills experienced and learned in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception).


At Wimborne St Giles First School and Nursery we ensure that there is breadth and balance within the school’s curriculum by planning together as a staff team and through regular monitoring and evaluation.


We involve our children in the design of the curriculum and this use of pupil voice  helps us to actively engage the children in their learning.


Please click the links below to view the Curriculum for each class for this term. If you would like more information about any aspect of the National Curriculum, or would like to talk about your child and their learning, please arrange an appointment with the class teacher or Mrs Hill via Mrs Cutbush in the school office.  


The Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum


We have chosen to follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development. 

One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it. Such thinking is encapsulated in the scenario below:



At Wimborne St Giles, we want to challenge our children to become independent, well-round individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. Moreover, we want our children to be able to apply their knowledge and skill set in a range of contexts within school and real life. 

For more information regarding the coverage, objectives and standards for specific subjects, please click on the buttons on the Curriculum Main Page.


For a copy of the Essentials Curriculum content, and how we assess this,  click the links below:


Introduction to the Essentials Curriculum

Curriculum Overviews for each Key Stage