At Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a lifelong love of learning and a willingness to explore. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but it is enriched by our strong ethos based on respect for ourselves and others. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills so that they can achieve their full potential. Our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.

Our curriculum is designed to ignite the imagination of the pupils. Most plans originate from a stimulus that is child-orientated such as a text, a period of history or a theme that the children are currently engaged with. We plan our curriculum to ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Curriculum by ensuring that:

 1) Long term plans are developed collaboratively between subject leaders and year group colleagues to ensure coverage for the academic year;

2)  Medium term plans are written creatively and collaboratively, drawing on ideas from CPD opportunities;

 3) Short term plans are used to specifically tailor learning for all abilities

Each subject has a bespoke yearly overview which you can click on below. 'Letters and Sounds' is used to teach phonics in EYFS and KS1 and for those pupils in KS2 that need additional support and is supplimented by 'jolly phonics' actions. A wide variety of physical and virtual reading books are used in school including those from publishers such as Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cats, Alpha Kids and Cambridge Readers to name a few. All our reading books are then colour banded in line with the reading recovery levels. Further information about reading, phonics, writing and maths at Gainsborough can be found under the 'curriculum' tab.   

If you have any queries regarding our curriculum or would like to know how to support your child, then please do not hesitate to contact the school.


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A safe and supportive environment; safe from hurt by others, in what they say or do; safe to learn within an enquiring environment; encouraging creativity, and a questioning mind.


Smart ways of thinking and learning, behaving and the way in which we present ourselves, as a member of Gainsborough School.


Treat others as you wish to be treated, help each other to be happy within school, greet others with a smile, help to create a happy and enthusiastic place to learn.

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