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At Thornhill Primary School, our vision is to grow successful learners, responsible citizens and safe and happy individuals.


Our curriculum is the vehicle that drives learning.  We endeavour to promote a love of learning through a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum which is contextual and personalised to the needs and interests of our children. We aim for our curriculum to be:


  • Well designed, connected and sequenced.  Key knowledge and skills are identified and progressive.
  • Remembered.  Planning is interleaved and spaced; there are deliberate opportunities to re-learn and make connections with what is already known.  Retrieval tasks are purposefully planned to aid knowledge retention.
  • Provides equity.  The curriculum is relevant, offers experiences that children may not otherwise benefit from, allowing for a developing cultural capital


The majority of our school community are disadvantaged; therefore, it is vital that our curriculum powerfully addresses social disadvantage.  We plan to ensure children also learn from wider experiences such as educational visits and visitors to the school.   


Subject leaders personalise the curriculum through developing Medium Term Plans which build on prior subject knowledge. These plans develop an enquiry approach and allow children to deepen their understanding of identified main concepts and skills. The plans are progressive and allow for planned retrieval tasks as well as knowledge, skills and language development.