Curriculum Statement

 ‘Roots to grow, wings to fly’

 At Thornton we aim to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum which will inspire children to have a passion for learning. We believe the driving force behind the delivery of an interesting, creative curriculum is a clear focus on delivering excellent teaching and learning which ensures children engage in a range of learning experiences which are challenging, real-life and meaningful.

Our curriculum aims to give all our children the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally. This takes place in the context of a safe and nurturing school environment where each individual child is known and each individual child’s learning journey is unique to them.

Direct experience is placed at the heart of the curriculum so that teachers draw out and develop children’s thinking in meaningful contexts. We want our children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

We aim to give our children the necessary skills to prepare them for life in modern British society. We encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.  Our School Councillors are elected by the children and our local MP speaks to the children on a regular basis about his role in the British Democratic system. 

To support teachers to deliver an exciting curriculum we support the National Curriculum with the Cornerstones curriculum programme.  We also use the DOT.COM Children’s Foundation Programme. The Dot Com Children’s Foundation was set up to teach children self-esteem, safety and good values and acts as a universal safeguarding tool. The programme is delivered using journals based on the character Dot Com and her friends. You can read more about the Dot Com foundation at

The physical wellbeing of every pupil is also positioned at the heart of our everyday curriculum. From a young age, children learn cooperation through group activities and form a positive sense of identity as part of a team. We have an expert sports coach, who actively encourages participation in community sports events.

Through homework we encourage project work and research based learning, alongside the development of key skills, to encourage the children to have enquiring minds, to take ownership of their own learning; fostering independence and developing resilience.

Please take a look at our detailed Curriculum Maps that outline our year group and school themes.

Please download the following link that explains this in more detail. Phase leaders will send interim information regarding the curriculum to parents at the beginning of each term.