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Our Curriculum


At Gawber, we believe that our curriculum should constantly be evolving and improving. We believe that improvements can always be made to ensure that content, lesson sequencing, progress over time and fidelity to each subject is our priority. We are a reading school. Our belief is that reading is the key to all learning and that if children have  secure understanding of the written word and hopefully a love of reading, then they have the essential tools for lifelong learning.


We have our own Literacy, Maths and Science strategies which have been designed to meet the specific needs of our children.

We use “Read Write Inc.” for our teaching of phonics.  Once children have completed the phonics programme, they move on to reading a wide range of banded books both fiction and non fiction. Children also have an opportunity to borrow a book from our school lending library, once a week. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure throughout the day. Story time is an important part of the day in each class and at play times and lunch times children can choose a book from our outdoor book boxes.


Our Curriculum is built around the objectives set out in the national curriculum.

As a staff we have planned the delivery of the curriculum so that all year groups are clear of the areas they will teach.

Topics are chosen to develop key knowledge and skills in curriculum areas through a common context and are chosen to be engaging and relevant to the children. Knowledge and skills are cumulative and revisited and developed over time.

We aim, wherever possible, to give our staff some level of autonomy over how they deliver each subject. This is a challenge for subject leaders as there also needs to be elements of consistency and progression needs to be planned for over time. By having core principles that we all adhere to we feel that we can also allow for some individuality in how those principles are delivered. We feel that this ability to have some level of autonomy is one of the key things that allows our curriculum suit the individual needs of our children.


  • All classes have visits that are linked to the curriculum to enhance learning including opportunities for competitive sport.
  • There are two residential visits for Years 5 and 6 linked to the curriculum
  • Children will experience a variety of theme days across the year linked to key areas of the curriculum e.g. Science Investigations / E-Safety/Art Week
  • We encourage strong links with the community e.g. parent volunteers and local speakers are welcome in school.
  • We put great emphasis on a stimulating and interactive environment to promote learning.
  • All children are encouraged to question and explore topics using a range of sources including books, computers and first-hand experience.
  • We encourage a diverse programme of teaching from whole class to group and independent working.
  • We promote tolerance and respect for people from other faiths, cultures and lifestyles by everyone in school modelling good manners and treating others how we wish to be treated ourselves.
  • From the very beginning all children are involved in an assessment programme which aims to identify any individual needs so that all children are able to reach their full potential.



Please visit our twitter page @GawberSchool or arrange a visit to school to speak with a member of staff.

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Please note that the order of some mathematical concepts may have changed during 2020-21 due to the introduction of home learning.

Gawber's Approach to Reading, Phonics and Maths