Our Curriculum

The curriculum across Ventrus schools is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It defines what children will learn at each stage of their education, preparing learners for future success either in the next step in their education or for life in modern Britain. The curriculum design is purposeful, engaging and with clear intentions. The ambitious intent of the curriculum ensures that all children have an entitlement to a high-quality inclusive education, which is underpinned by the teaching of essential skills, knowledge, concepts and values, which are embedded and developed over time.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual and is provided with opportunities and experiences to enable them to have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become aspirational life-long learners. They are provided with challenges which build resilience, confidence and independence.
The curriculum supports the children’s physical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that they are well prepared to play a positive role in modern Britain and the wider world.
As a Trust, our curriculum must respond dynamically to reflect the challenges of the day and the predicted challenges which our children will face in the future. The Trust and the schools within it, will constantly evaluate the design of the curriculum to ensure that it supports the roles that children and young people play in society now and in the future.

At St David’s, we are proud to have an ambitious, knowledge-based curriculum which stimulates our children to be resilient and respectful citizens who aspire to make meaningful contributions to their community and wider society.

At St David’s, all staff are responsible for providing an inclusive curriculum that is adapted for those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.


Our curriculum is engaging, built on first-hand experiences and celebrates all curriculum areas, helping to ensure that our children develop the knowledge and skills they need to excel, and become compassionate citizens who can reflect positively on their primary school years building a toolkit for life; they become powerful, life-long learners. We ensure that all children, irrespective of background, have the opportunity to find their passion and fulfil their potential in an environment of high aspiration. The strong relationships we establish with our families further support our pupils to achieve their very best.  Whilst we believe in academic rigour, we also want to ensure that we educate the whole child, so they leave St David’s as well-rounded, confident and community minded. 


Our curriculum has been designed to encompass knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live and the events that have shaped it in the past to make it what it is today.  Topics have been carefully chosen to link to our locality to allow children to learn about where they live.  Each subject has been carefully sequenced with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, children will be able to explore concepts deeper, make connections and apply their knowledge in different contexts.  Children will develop high expectations of themselves in terms of their learning and behaviour; they will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work co-operatively with others in a trusting environment.  They will develop the skills of friendship, forgiveness and fairness towards their peers and younger pupils as well as organisational skills to support their learning.


Our curriculum is enriched through adding new content and learning opportunities which reflect our values.  These often take the form of trips, themed days, events or experiences and opportunities which can provide children with new ways to absorb knowledge and gain skills.  Opportunities that take place in curriculum time complement learning that takes place in school and are accessible to all learners.  On occasions, pupils spend time ‘off-timetable’ to focus on a particular skill or subject area.  Extra-curricular clubs offer both enrichment and new experiences.  Our weekly Celebration Assemblies include celebrations of pupils’ learning, both individually and in their Family Groups.