Gillingham Primary School

Gillingham Primary School

Curriculum rationale 

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We have worked hard over the last eighteen months to create a curriculum for Gillingham Primary School that meets the needs of our children and the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our subject leaders have dissected the Curriculum, thinking about what is relevant to our children, living in our community and considered the progression of knowledge and skills for our pupils. We are proud of what we have achieved and we can see the results in our children's knowledge and confidence within their studies.

Our curriculum is: 

  • Knowledge based 
  • Designed to meet the Gillingham Primary children's needs
  • Sequential
  • Inspiring 
  • Blocked to allow deeper engagement and focus

The aim of our curriculum is to: 

  •        Develop our children's thirst for knowledge and understanding of the world around               them
  •         Provide the opportunity to create inquisitive individuals
  •         Provide a framework for creativity to blossom
  • Develop rounded positively contributing members of society
  • Ensure the children are ready for the next stage of education

 We recognise the importance of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) in enabling our children to become rounded, positively contributing members of society and therefore this is woven explicitly through all our topic blocks.

British values (click on the link to understand more about British values in primary schools) are also something that we hold as important in our community primary school and we work hard to ensure our children understand and celebrate their cultural heritage diversity whilst understanding their commitment to being British in the 21st Century. British values are: 

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

We use White Rose planning (click on picture link to find out more about White Rose Mathematics) for our mathematic lessons, which is a government funded, teacher-centred planning approach to support teachers in planning meaningful, practical mathematics, which encourages the children to think deeper and really embed understanding of key concepts rather than encourage them to race through mathematics at a superficial level.


If you are a parent or carer and would like to know more about your child's curriculum talk to their class teacher in the first instance.