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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Curriculum Approach

At Archbishop Cranmer it is our aim to provide a Beyond Expectation Curriculum where children are actively involved in their learning.


Teachers' Long Term Plans are aligned with an Active Plan which together, demonstrate a curriculum which is relevant, aspirational, creative and broad.


Our Active Plans show how each teacher, at the start of a new topic, uses a 'Hook' to grab the children's attention. They also plan in additional curriculum enrichment and enhancement opportunities for each topic, (visits and visitors for example). This is further developed through Active Learning opportunities, (this may be through role play or drama). Following each topic is a Creative Outcome and an opportunity for the children to 'Show Off' their work!


Have a look at the examples below.


Active Plan Example

We are also part of a Curriculum Working Committee with our partner school, St Peter’s East Bridgford. This group is focused on ways of developing , tailoring and enriching our curriculum even further. Watch this space!


We have a carefully planned, creative and thematic approach to our curriculum. All teaching and learning is designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Consequently, a wide range of first hand experiences are offered, both within the school and beyond.


Direct experience is placed at the center of the curriculum so that teachers draw out and develop children’s thinking in meaningful contexts. Enquiry, problem solving, reasoning and creative thinking are strong features of classroom activity.


Teachers start topics off with ‘hooks’ – these are engaging ways of both enriching and enhancing curriculum provision.

Recent examples include a visit to a London theatre to see Charlie and the Chocolate factory to start a topic on chocolate. Another example included a rain forest workshop that visited us to provide real experiences of the life forms found in such environments.



Active Curriculum