Curriculum Overview

We see our Banwell curriculum as everything we say and do in our school. We aim to harness children’s interests so that all children are keen and curious learners who achieve well. Our curriculum is underpinned by our vision (BELONG BELIEVE ACHIEVE) and our core values (ASPIRATION, CONFIDENCE, COURAGE, CURIOSITY, KINDNESS, RESILIENCE & RESPECT.)


Our school curriculum is drawn from the National Curriculum for England, which sets out the content and programmes of study for maintained primary schools. The National Curriculum is an entitlement for children in our school to access all subjects, thus providing them with a broad and balanced education that acknowledges the significance of English, Mathematics and Science but equally the importance of the Arts, History, Music, Languages, Geography, Technology, Computing, Religious Education and British Values in a modern world. 


We plan lessons that encourage children to take responsibility and risks in their learning. We use a variety of teaching strategies/approaches and resources to help children experience enjoyment and success in learning. The class teams ensure that they know their children well and feedback to both the children and parents on what is going well and next steps for learning.


As well as working individually, children will often work in pairs or small groups to complete challenges, developing their subject knowledge and key skills, for example their problem solving and reasoning skills.


The curriculum is organised into projects that are shaped by the children’s passions. Children are given choices and the opportunity to input into the learning journey.


Each project:


o        Is driven by children’s interests, big ideas/concepts and real life experiences

o        Has a hook at the start to ignite the passion! (a Wow event)

o        Has a real world outcome at the end which has a target audience

o        Will aim to leave a legacy

o        Begins with an essential question to stimulate curiosity

o        Incorporates an engaging text

o        Has a significant proportion of learning that happens outside


Information about each new project is sent home in advance of it beginning. Please see year group pages on our website for more information.