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There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.’

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The national curriculum in England Framework document : for teaching 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015, states:

 ‘Every state-funded school must 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 that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum…

 The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.’

Leyburn Community Primary School sees curriculum development as crucial and on-going. It welcomes and embraces the 2014 curriculum and has put it at the heart of its school development plan.  From 2014-17 we aim to: 

  • maximise our use of school grounds and immediate locality ;
  • plan for a wider range of visits and visitors to reflect life beyond the local community ; 
  • improve our provision in  ICT and computing to maintain its relevance ;
  • develop and strengthen creativity across the school in all areas of the curriculum; 
  • increase the rigour with which we teach  and assess fundamental skills for all groups of children; 
  • strengthen pupil voice and leadership across all areas of the school;
  • develop and strengthen SMSC across the school. 


“You cannot open a book without learning something.”Confucius 

We are committed to equipping every child with the key skills of reading, writing and maths. This begins in Nursery and Reception where short, focussed sessions are fully integrated into a play-based curriculum.  We place a great focus on developing the skills of both learning to read and reading to learn by ensuring effective teaching of phonics, enjoyment of books through our continuous provision and targeted teaching.

Maths is delivered in a multi-sensory way and we use Numicon to support children as they move to the more abstract concepts of number and calculation.

Building on experiences in Early Years, children move into Key Stage 1 where, although there are still opportunities to learn through play, the learning becomes more formalised, in order to ensure a smooth transition into Key Stage 2.

Key Stage 2 classes are welcoming the freedoms provided by the curriculum, while still ensuring a strong focus on key skills. As a result, all classes are adopting a more thematic approach to planning the curriculum, where appropriate.


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
 Benjamin Franklin

We try to have as many visitors and visits as possible as. The children, of all ages, benefit from having first hand experiences which require them to take risks and engage with new people. This year, children across the school have:

  • visited York and Harrogate;
  • taken part in skipping and Boxercise in school;
  • listened to a visiting author;
  • visited a local archaeological dig;
  • been in a planetarium;
  • visited the local sorting office;
  • met an Olympic athlete.

Please contact the school if you require more detailed information.


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