Staff at the Infant and Junior school have been working to develop the Boldmere Curriculum.  This encompasses the National Curriculum but is constantly being developed to meet the needs of our children. 

After consultation with all staff, parents and governors, we agreed that there are a set of values, skills and attitudes that we would like all children to have acquired by the age of eleven, when they move to secondary school.  We see these as the roots of our curriculum.  We want our children:

  • to be literate and numerate
  • to be able to take risks
  • to good relationships
  • to be able to work collaboratively                                     
  • to be adaptable
  • to be curious
  • to be responsible
  • to be healthy
  • to be an enquiry seeker
  • to be able to manage own learning
  • to be reflective
  • to have a set of values
  • to have high self-esteem and self-worth
  • to be able to share skills
  • to be resilient
  • to have respect for self and others
  • to be computer literate
  • to be empathetic
  • to be confident
  • to be intrinsically motivated
  • to be co-operative
  • to be understanding

Reading in Key Stage 1 


Our children are taught to decode print through daily phonics lessons following the “Letters and Sounds” scheme. We also use songs and stories from the “Jolly Phonics” scheme to support the introduction of letters and diagraphs In Reception and Nursery.

All children are given reading books and read regularly with the teacher or TA. This may be individually or in a small group. Our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. This offers a structured progression through increasingly complex decodable books and a variety of stories and non-fiction texts. We supplement this with other schemes including “Dandelion Readers” and “Story World” and a range of quality children’s books. This enables us to select materials to meet the needs of our pupils and to develop comprehension skills and enjoyment. We also encourage children to take part in reading challenges and National events to promote a love of reading.

The 'branches' of our curriculum are the six areas of learning that we have as our focus for planning - these encompass all of the subjects of the national curriculum.  The staff of both schools are organised into six teams to ensure a seamless curriculum from the age of four through to the age of eleven.  The six 'branches'are:

  • Mathematical understanding
  • English, communication and language
  • Scientific and technological understanding
  • PE, social development, health and well-being
  • Historical and geographical understanding
  • Understanding the arts - music, drama and art

The aims of the curriculum at the Boldmere schools are to:

  • promote the development of the whole child
  • encourage children to become confident, successful and independent learners
  • enable children to achieve the best that they can
  • recognise the entitlement of each child to a broad and balanced education regardless of gender, race, colour or disability
  • promote a love of learning and high expectations of all children
  • meet the legal requirements of the National Curriculum
  • meet the requirements of religious education, collective worship and sex education legislation