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The Gillingstool Cohesive Curriculum

The school curriculum is driven by the Gillingstool vision which is, in turn, driven by the unique context of the school.

First and foremost, our curriculum endeavours to respond to the needs of the community in respect of well-being, building emotional resilience, aspiration, developing cultural capital and a richness of vocabulary that enables effective communication. Simultaneously we hope to harness the opportunities and celebrate the potential that the local environment has to offer in supporting learning and enjoyment for life. From this understanding and celebration of locality we aim to empower children to become global citizens with a real sense of agency in making a positive difference to the world.

Through our curriculum and teaching children will learn to:

  • Develop their oracy skills in order to become confident, articulate speakers;
  • Become fluent readers, with a real love of books, in order to fully access the wider curriculum;
  • Write, with accuracy, for a range of purposes;
  • Develop the skills to approach calculations and reasoning with confidence;
  • Become independent thinkers with an ability to ask and answer questions;
  • Have an awareness of the world and global issues;
  • Develop skills, knowledge and creativity across a wide range of subjects;
  • Develop high aspirations as resilient learners with a growth mindset;
  • Be happy, well-balanced, polite members of our community;
  • Form strong friendships and work collaboratively;
  • Grow in self-esteem and self-confidence and
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle.


Our curriculum is designed to give our children the best possible grounding for both secondary education and life, as contributing global citizens. We recognise that in order to succeed in education, children need to acquire good levels of literacy and numeracy, and as such, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics are given a priority in our teaching programme. We also recognise a need to extend the vocabulary of the children we teach in order that they have the best opportunity to access the wider curriculum effectively.

To find out more about the why and how we have constructed our curriculum, what our chosen themes are and what learning our topics contain please take a look at the documents below.