Curriculum Overview


Carlinghow Academy’s curriculum is driven by the academy’s vision that all children ‘can and will succeed’.

We provide an ambitious knowledge engaged curriculum that offers exciting and meaningful learning opportunities that motivate and inspire.

The curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum and ensures that, at each stage of their learning journey, each child acquires a rich bank of knowledge and skills. This knowledge and these skills in all curriculum subjects are learned, practised, retrieved and remembered at every stage of their journey through school.

Our curriculum is not narrowed, we have designed an ambitious curriculum based on the knowledge of our learners that includes a high proportion of disadvantaged and SEND pupils to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Where appropriate a bespoke and highly personalised curriculum offer is made to individual pupils.

Our cross curriculum approach is designed so that subject specific skills are taught within an exciting topic each half term and enables our children to make meaningful links and become passionate about their own learning and wellbeing. Hooks, enrichment activities and extra-curricular opportunities supplement each topic to enable our children to make connections in their learning and acquire a deep understanding. We ensure that the links we make are real, not contrived and choose areas where genuine connections between subjects occur naturally. Ensuring that the connections make sense to the children.

We are determined that every child, will have a lifelong love of reading, and will be able to comprehend and read fluently by the end of Year 6. Our curriculum is led by the high quality and diverse texts that we choose to support learning.

We have created an environment where children are motivated to learn together in a respectful, safe and trusted learning environment where individual success are celebrated.


The curriculum is a knowledge engaged curriculum based on good quality resources.

Our individual subject guides detail how each subject is implemented throughout school:

A guide to Religious Education at Carlinghow Academy 2023-2024

A guide to reading at Carlinghow Academy 2023-2024

A guide to Mathematics at Carlinghow Academy 2023-2024

A guide to English at Carlinghow Academy 2023-2024

A guide to Art at Carlinghow Academy 2023-2024

The school has adapted the curriculum to help reflect and represent the diversity of our pupils. Creativity and teacher expertise, underpinned by high quality research informed CPD, is woven into the curriculum with specialist teachers and outside agencies working with pupils and teachers, sharing good practice and ensuring that learners learn from the best.


The impact of providing such an ambitious curriculum driven by the academy’s vision and values and taught by skilled teachers ensures that the children of Carlinghow Academy leave prepared for the next stage of their education and able to succeed in life.  Knowledge, understanding and skills are secured and embedded so that children attain highly. They take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best. They demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge. They develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities. They are kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society. They have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others. They take risks and are emotionally resilient recognising that we make mistakes and learn from them. They dream big and have high aspirations fostered by the belief that with determination and hard work anything is possible.

Please use the following links to look at our long term plans for each year group:

EYFS Nursery Long Term Plan Cycle A

EYFS Nursery Long Term Plan Cycle B

EYFS Reception Long Term Plan Cycle A

EYFS Reception Long Term Plan Cycle B

Year 1-2 Long Term Plan Cycle  A 

Year 1-2 Long Term Plan Cycle B

Year 3-4 Long Term Plan Cycle A

Year 3-4 Long Term Plan Cycle B

Year 5-6 Long Term Plan Cycle A

Year 5-6 Long Term Plan Cycle B