At St Clare’s we aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that will make children’s first experience of school happy, positive and fun. By providing all children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be confident, inquisitive, curious, independent learners, we hope to give all of our children the best chance in life to become well-rounded happy individuals, ready to succeed in an ever-changing world.


Children at St Clare’s experience the seven areas of learning through a balance of whole class teaching, group teaching and play based learning. We provide topics that excite and engage children, building on their own interests and developing the experiences of the world around them. We also ensure that our curriculum celebrates diversity and supports the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Those children with particular needs, including SEND, are supported appropriately allowing all children to reach their full potential at St Clare’s.


Our broad and balanced curriculum in EYFS is designed around our five main drivers which are:

  • Faith: The Catholic Faith is central to pupils’ development and understanding of the world, including the expectations they must have of themselves and the responsibilities they have to others, particularly those in need. Our children learn to be compassionate individuals who understand that everyone should be valued and respected. This helps to prepare them for life in modern Britain.
  • Community: We want all children to be proud of their school community and to believe that they can make a difference in both their local community and in the diverse wider world. Through building children’s confidence and self-belief, our children are equipped to take risks and overcome any challenge they may face.
  • Language: Many of our children enter the school with low levels of spoken language and, without suitable exposure to the wider language of subject domains, this may impede their development and opportunities.  We aim to surround our children in a language-rich environment that provides plenty of back-and-forth interactions with adults and peers and gives children the language they need to become good communicators and writers.
  • Opportunities: We recognise that in the challenging urban context in which the school is set, opportunities such as access to cultural experiences can be diminished, reducing exposure to inspirational art, music, theatre and much more.  We aim to plan teaching and learning opportunities to ensure that we address this cultural deficit. 
  • Curiosity: We want pupils to be life-long learners and to be intrinsically motivated to utilise their reading skills to take control of their education and personal development.  Curiosity about the world and their place within it is central to this.


Nursery & Reception Overviews:

Nursery Long Term Overview 2020-2021

Reception Curriculum Overview 2020-21

For more information, please see individual Year Group pages.