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National Curriculum

Big picture of the primary curriculum

The big picture of the primary curriculum is a tool designed to help schools develop a curriculum that meets the needs, interests and aspirations of all learners and contributes to raising standards.

A school’s curriculum consists of everything that promotes children’s spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth and development – the entire planned learning experience. As well as lessons, events, routines, it includes approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, the quality of relationships within the school and the values embodied in the way the school operates.

The big picture is based around three questions:

  • Aim - what are we trying to achieve?

  • Action - how can we organise learning?

  • Impact - how do we know if we are achieving our aim?

Download a copy of the big picture to help design and plan a curriculum that meets the needs of all your learners.

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