Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

The world in which we live is ever changing and so it is essential that our school moves in response; helping children to realise their talents and curiosity so that they develop a knowledge and ability within fields of interest that may engage them in a future career. To this end, we develop writers, mathematicians, geographers and scientists to name a few. Life is full of ‘ups and downs’; we take knocks, disappointments, face challenges and fears throughout childhood and adulthood. For this reason, our curriculum not only focuses on subjects, but also on helping pupils to develop emotionally and socially, so that they can become empathetic and resilient individuals, demonstrating respect and responsibility.

Our approach is based around the acknowledgement that, despite our BOLD Curriculum being progressive and ambitious, our target audience is still children aged between just three and eleven years old. We therefore create learning opportunities to ‘Capture the imagination of young minds’ so that learning is also in response to engagement and personal drive. That is why our curriculum design is creative, relevant and broad; providing a rainbow of academic, sporting and artistic opportunities throughout the year, every year. In this way, not only are we preparing our children for an appreciation of life in ‘Modern Britain’, but actively enabling them to create a future that they perceive for themselves.

The BOLD Curriculum

The BOLD Curriculum is the bespoke curriculum designed by the teaching staff of Poppleton Ousebank, in response to our vision, pupil interests, needs, the requirements of the National Curriculum, the location of our school and our community. The BOLD Curriculum is structured to provide world-class education that inspires and challenges all learners and prepares them for the future – a curriculum that promotes the fusion of excellence and enjoyment, encouraging children of all abilities to question, be curious and aspire to be amazing. We believe that the greatest gifts a child can receive are an opened mind, a caring heart and ignited creativity.

Our BOLD Curriculum is built around a carefully constructed group of knowledge, concepts and skills. The bodies of knowledge are planned progressively with ambition at the heart, so that each unit of learning builds on what has gone before. The BOLD Curriculum comprises of two areas of learning:

  • ‘Adventure Learning’ (Core and Foundation subjects) and
  • ‘C.L.I.M.B Learning‘ – Character Lies In My Behaviour, (P.S.H.E – Relationships and sex education, R.E, S.M.S.C, Equality, British Values.)

Aspects of C.L.I.M.B. Learning play an important part in supporting the understanding of subjects within Adventure Learning. The carefully woven links within a subject, across subjects and also across skills and concepts, provides the structure for our BOLD Curriculum, making it challenging and robust.

Although children study relevant knowledge, language and concepts within subjects, their ultimate understanding is reflected in their ability to apply knowledge, manipulate information, answer questions, present their findings and use their comprehension to inform and plan new work. For this reason, Adventure and C.L.I.M.B Learning are supported by a group of skills, identified as the ‘Learning 2 Learn skills’.

If you have any questions regarding our Curriculum, please contact the school.

Curriculum Subject Matrix


Our Curriculum Overview by term

Autumn term

Nursery: People
Reception: Wood
Year 1: Toys (History)
Year 2: Victorians (History)
Year 3: The History of chocolate (History)
Year 4: Medicines, potions, rites and rituals (History)
Year 5: Invaders and settlers (History)
Year 6: Conflict (History)

Spring term

Nursery: Changes
Reception: Water
Year 1: Animals and humans (Science)
Year 2: Light and dark (Science)
Year 3: Forces and magnets (Science)
Year 4: Electricity, sound and hearing (Science)
Year 5: Earth, space and light (Science)
Year 6: Natural disasters and forces (Geography)

Summer term

Nursery: Place
Reception: World
Year 1: Houses and homes (Geography)
Year 2: Islands Apart (Geography)
Year 3: Food and Farming (Geography)
Year 4: Rivers: going with the flow
Year 5: Rainforests (Geography)
Year 6: Law, punishment, crime and society