Swalwell Primary School

Working together, learning together


Curriculum Intent

For further information about the curriculum followed at our school, please feel free to get in touch, or speak with your child’s class teacher at the end of the day.




Curriculum Intent


At Swalwell our curriculum places our children at the heart of all that we do. Our curriculum has been carefully designed with the clear intention of developing our children as confident, respectful and reflective individuals who are proud of who they are and where they are from. We wish for every child to reach their potential


Our curriculum enables learners to:

  • Be confident, happy and proud of who they are through the development of both physical and mental health

  • Feel valued for being themselves and feeling valued as a member of our inclusive school family

  • Be exposed to rich and varied learning opportunities which are centred around real-life experiences

  • Understand the world around them being caring, tolerant and respectful of others 

  • Thrive academically in all areas of the National Curriculum demonstrating a secure knowledge and application of both substantive and disciplinary skills.

  • Have high aspirations and ambitions for their future and know that these can be achieved through hard work, commitment and determination

  • Promotes resilience, independence, problem solving, reasoning and enables justification.


Curriculum Implementation

We follow a progressive skills based curriculum, under-pinned by the National Curriculum, which allows our children to develop their understandings across a range of subjects through addressing enquiry questions. These provide opportunities for our children to apply their acquired learning whilst challenging them to think deeply.


Curriculum Impact


Our curriculum ensures all children:

  • Have access to a wide and varied curriculum, allowing each of them to excel as individuals and be the best they can be.

  • Are able to know more and remember more about the learning they have acquired through review and recap.

  • Are able to work and think like subject specialists for example exploring historical lines of enquiry justifying their understandings through their interpretation of historical sources of evidence.

  • Demonstrate confidence, independence, resilience alongside a genuine thirst for learning.

  • Are able to form meaningful relationships and understand healthy relationships are based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world.

  • Are well prepared to access the next stages in their learning

  • Have a clear understanding of the need to make choices to support and nurture their own mental health and that of others

  • Hold high aspirations for their future and and are equipped to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.


All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. For further details see separate policies.


We aim to enrich and enhance our curriculum with visits and visitors. Please see our map below which we aim to deliver 2021-2022, in-line with our current COVID status document. 

Please click on the links below for our two year long term map