Our Curriculum

The design and development of our school curriculum at St Paul’s Walden School

During 2013-14, our staff, governors, children and parents were engaged in a review of our school curriculum in preparation for the National Curriculum 2014.

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Inspired by the national best practice on Curriculum Development by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, we embarked on a journey to develop our curriculum for our school and our children, whilst maintaining high standards in English and Maths.


We identified two overarching strands to our curriculum development: design and delivery.


Using a SWOT analysis, pupil voice surveys and comments from our school stakeholders we set about reinvigorating our school curriculum in line with our school aims. We drew best practice from national policy, OFSTED case studies and international comparisons to design our curriculum for our children.


Following research and discussion, our school ACTIVE curriculum was born. The aims for our curriculum are defined in this wordle below:




During each step of the journey we reviewed the implementation of our school curriculum in line with our aims through talking with staff, children, reviewing learning in books and lesson planning.

As we are a small school, we recreated our two year curriculum cycles to match the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum and mapped them further to ensure that we provide a curriculum which promotes British values.

To meet raised expectations for 2014 National Curriculum including the introduction of Computing to replace ICT and increased learning expectations, we have subscribed to the Hertfordshire for Learning curriculum subscription supporting our teachers to ensure that assessment, planning and progress are in line with the 2014 National Curriculum requirements.

To meet the needs of our children in our school, we the following resources to structure and guide our children’s learning:


  • Phonics – Read Write Inc in Reception and KS1. For children in KS2, the school follows the Word Wizards programme for phonics, reading and spelling;


  • Individual reading – use of the Hertfordshire book banding scheme incorporating a range of texts from different genres including: Oxford Reading Tree and Rapid Readers. We also borrow texts from The Leys SpLD base;


  • Religious Education – Hertfordshire Agreed RE syllabus 2017-2022;


  • Computing – Switched on computing (Reception to year 6);


  • Development Matters guidance – for our Reception children, both child initiated and adult direct learning opportunities are based upon the children’s unique needs and interests based upon the Development Matters guidance.


To find out more about the changes in the National Curriculum 2014 go to:

Link - A short film about the National Curriculum

Link - National Curriculum 2014


To see our ACTIVE curriculum in action, visit the 'Termly Curriculum Information' menu item above.

Curriculum Overviews:

Download this file (Times table and division games to play at home_NC expectations.pdf)Maths games to play at home[ ]550 kB
Download this file (Spellings_Lists_for_Website.pdf)Spelling year 1-6 [ ]93 kB
Download this file (maths_mastery_depth_and_breadth feb 2016_2.pdf)Maths mastery at SPW[ ]273 kB
Download this file (curriculum_overview56.pdf)Year 5/6[ ]211 kB
Download this file (curriculum_overview34.pdf)Year 3/4[ ]190 kB
Download this file (curriculum_overview12.pdf)Year 1/2[ ]204 kB

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St Paul's Walden Primary School
Bendish Lane,
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