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CE First School and Nursery

Love, Learn, Fly – Do Everything in Love: 1 Corinthians 16:14

Our Curriculum Drivers

Our curriculum is designed around a number of themes which encompass the key skills and aspirations we want our children to experience and develop during their time with us. These 'key drivers' underpin the learning and experiences we undertake in all areas of school life and enrich our curriculum offer. 


Our five drivers of resilience, curiosity, aspiration, communication and independence have been selected through consultation with staff who have identified the specific and unique needs of the children at Cranborne CE First School and Nursery.



Resilience means having the skills and resources to deal with challenges and barriers. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. Our children will develop the emotional and physical security needed to become resilient individuals who are able to take risks and deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world by thinking positively and having the confidence to 'have a go'. 



Curiosity means eager to learn or know and being confident to ask for information. We desire for our children to be curious about the world around them and ask questions. We encourage our children to be inquisitive and questioning through their learning and school life experiences. This approach to learning enables inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation and learning and nurtures problem solvers. 



Aspiration is the hope, desire or ambition to strive to achieve something. To be the best they can possibly be and to challenge themselves as a learner. The development of aspirations encourages children to produce work of high quality, take pride in themselves and be the very best they can be.



We believe that language is the tool that unlocks opportunities. We want our children to speak with clarity, confidence and eloquence, connecting the words they know (vocabulary) with what they know (knowledge) therefore becoming effective communicators. We know that vocabulary development and the ability to read fluently are key to life-long success and this is our intent for every child. 



Independence is the ability to live your life to the full, confidently and to be self-sufficient. We aim to promote our children's independence and develop a commitment to learning and self-improvement, both inside and outside of the school environment. We will give our children opportunities to organise themselves, show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise. We will nurture our children's awareness that actions have consequences and to make choices based on this awareness, understanding that they have ownership of their actions.