The Great Chesterford Curriculum

At Great Chesterford C. of E. Primary Academy, we aim to provide the best possible education for each child within the context of a caring Christian community. Our school values underpin all aspects of school life, including behaviour and relationships, within our school. Our school values are: God’s Guidance, Respect One Another, Excellent Behaviour, Aiming High and Tremendous Teamwork. Our Golden Rule is to ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’.  


Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, cultural, intellectual, moral, mental physical, health and social well-being of each child. We strive to provide a high standard of education for all children, irrespective of gender, culture, ability or aptitude with our ambitious, engaging, broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum and enrich both with carefully selected activities and experiences.


Our carefully planned and sequential curriculum provides opportunities for children to apply their skills across all subjects and ensures pupils have the cultural capital required to be successful citizens. We ensure that the curriculum is diverse and that it continually evolves to meet the needs of our children and the world in which they live. At Great Chesterford, our curriculum is more than the details of what we set out to teach. It encompasses everything which the children learn as a result of being members of our school community.


To ensure inclusivity, pupils work in mixed ability groups with a learning partner; these learning partners are changed weekly. This approach gives all pupils the chance to build positive respectful relationships and develop greater independent learning behaviours.


The curriculum is enriched with regular engaging theme weeks and special days such as PSHEE Week, STEM Week, Fitness Week, French Day and Communities Week. These events give the children the opportunity to become fully immersed in a topic or subject and to engage with visitors to inspire a life-long love of learning.