Our Curriculum

As well as excellent academic achievement in English and Mathematics, children should have access to a broad, exciting and engaging curriculum enabling them to become better thinkers, independent learners and having the ability to collaborate.  As well as our core values, we have identified four learning values that we aim to develop in our children.

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Reflective learners – children are encouraged to: think about what they are being asked to do; what they already know; what they need to know; how they will achieve this; and to evaluate their ongoing progress.

Independent learners – children are encouraged to: be confident, think for themselves, take risks, persevere, ask questions, make decisions, solve problems, make connections and communicate their ideas.

Collaborative learners – children are encouraged to: communicate, listen, co-operate and work together as a team with equal responsibility and with clear roles. They are responsible for both their own learning and that of their team members.

Creative learners – the children are encouraged to question and challenge. They will make connections and see relationships, envisaging what might be, exploring ideas and keeping options open, reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes.


The School’s curriculum content includes all those areas specified in the National Curriculum, providing a base for an education that ensures quality and progression. Using the National Curriculum as our starting point, we plan learning experiences for our children which are engaging, often set in a real-life context, giving them the opportunity to work with a range of experts and to participate in visits to art galleries, museums and places of interest.  Shaldon is set in an area of great beauty and we take every opportunity for the children to appreciate this.  Skills learned in English and Mathematics are transferred and applied to this curriculum. We consider handwriting, grammar and spelling to be essential skills which they will demonstrate with great flair in the many opportunities we give them to write. These learning experiences are underpinned by our learning values as set out above.

Core Subjects

English, Mathematics & Science.

Foundation Subjects

Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Art, PSHCE and Modern Foreign Language (KS2).

Religious Education (R.E.)

Religious Education is based on the guidelines in the Devon Agreed Syllabus and teaches about Christianity and other major faiths as well. We provide a daily assembly for every pupil. The nature of this assembly may on occasions be of a broadly Christian character, although not distinctive of any particular denomination.

As a requirement of the Education Reform Act 1988, religious education is taught to all pupils. As a parent, under the Education Act, you have a right to withdraw your child from religious education and assemblies if you so choose. Please arrange with the Headteacher should you wish to do so and alternative provision will be made.

Music and PE are great strengths of the school and we show our commitment to these areas by having specialist teachers of PE and Music and you can find out more using the links on the left.

For more details of our curriculum please see the individual class pages