Curriculum Intent


The Josephine Butler Primary curriculum is designed to engage pupils and inspire them to become creative and independent thinkers with a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.

We actively encourage pupils to get involved and contribute to the life of the Academy, their campus and their community by becoming active, respectful and caring members of the communities that they live in as well as thoughtful members of the global community.


  • The curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
  • Every child is recognised as a unique individual. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be an extra ordinary, happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  
  • Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, diversity and charitable giving by working closely with local community groups: learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. One of our aims is that children leave the campus with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
  • Learning as a community where our curriculum involves our parents and carers learning alongside their children.
  • Reading and the love of books are key to the work we do and this is prioritised through our choice of campus book, our libraries, our linked activities and the text focus for each line of enquiry in our planning.
  • Our curriculum is vital in securing an understanding of financial education and promoting character education principles such as resilience, kindness, courage and reflection.
  • We develop social, emotional and behavioural skills through an alternative curriculum, where children can work in small groups in Forest School activities, gardening and animal husbandry.
  • We value leadership in our young people and operate ‘The Young Leaders Award Scheme’, a unique active citizenship programme, which empowers the children to make a difference in their local community, whilst growing in key leadership skills.


Our curriculum has a focus on skills and knowledge, direct focused teaching and child led exploration, literacy and numeracy and a broad and balanced curriculum, opportunities for the power and passion of specialist teaching and thematic teaching that makes connections between subjects and learning that introduces children to the big ideas and events from the past that have shaped the world and connects learning to the contemporary issues of our times, such as sustainability


Medium term planning: