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In order to achieve our Welburn Way we have designed our own, bespoke curriculum.

This curriculum:

  • is based on National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
  • is relevant to our pupils, community and National priorities.
  • makes connections between different areas of learning where appropriate.
  • builds on previous learning.
  • Promotes mental health and well-being.
  • promotes understanding.
  • values quality and depth over quantity and coverage.
  • is responsive and promotes engagement and enjoyment.
  • is designed by subject leaders with input from all teaching staff.
  • is regularly evaluated, updated and rewritten where necessary.
  • does not get set aside in order to prioritise national testing.


The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content for our curriculum. Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.

Follow this link to the Department of Education website.

Click here to contact the school for further information

Curriculum Aims: A Statement from the Governing Body

The aims and principles of this school are to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and to prepare the pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Welburn’s curriculum aims to be both, stimulating and challenging, providing each child with the skills, knowledge and understanding which will be of value to them long after they have left Welburn. Each child will have a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to his or her needs. We believe that all children are entitled to this, irrespective of class, creed or colour.

Welburn is a primary school and its learning is divided into three stages:

  • Foundation Stage 4 - 5 years of age
  • Key Stage 1          5 - 7 years of age
  • Key Stage 2         7 - 11 years of age

Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage covers your child’s first year in school and often this group is described as ‘Reception’. Learning at this stage builds on what children already know when they come to school. Therefore skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence, learning to work together and cooperating with other children are covered. The Foundation curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and any learning is consistent with the National Curriculum so that early communication, literacy and numeracy skills are also introduced.

Key Stages 1 and 2

In Key Stages 1 and 2 all classes operate the National Curriculum. The subjects taught are:

  • English (Literacy)
  • Mathematics (Numeracy)
  • Science
  • Design & Technology (D&T)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Modern Foreign Languages

Each half term or term we use a theme to link together relevant areas of study. Creating our own Greek Theatre, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Robot Wars and What was it like to be a child in Welburn are all examples of themes we have used.

Throughout the school children are taught according to the National Curriculum at a level that suits their age and abilities and they may work as part of a whole class, within a group or as an individual in independent work.

Our School Curriculum

Children are given the opportunity to express their artistic abilities using many different media. We place great emphasis on encouraging individual expression within a disciplined teaching approach.

Children will be given the opportunity to extend their understanding of ICT throughout the school. They have experience of control, word processing, problem solving, communicating, finding information and data handling. We have an interactive white board and fixed computers in each classroom in addition to a bank of laptops which are available to all classes.

Children will be taught to develop their design and technology capability through combining their design and practical skills with knowledge and understanding using materials, tools and equipment suitable to their needs.

We aim to develop children who are:

  • Confident Children who are confident communicators
  • Children who can speak for a range of purposes to different audiences.
  • Children who read for pleasure and enjoyment as well as with understanding
  • Children who can read to learn.
  • Children who can write for different purposes and audiences.
  • Childen who have a wide and rich vocabulary.
  • Children who can listen effectively.

Children in Class 3 and Class 4 receive lessons in a modern foreign language.

Further information about our school's curriculum can be obtained by contacting the school office.

As part of the daily numeracy hour children are taught all areas of mathematics. The numeracy hour allows staff to teach a structured lesson every day including oral work and mental calculation, the main teaching activity and a final summary or plenary. We also place an emphasis on children using these skills and knowledge in other curriculum subjects such as science and geography.

Every class takes part in singing and class music making, using a wide range of instruments. Music lessons on a range of instruments are also offered by North Yorkshire County Music Service and Music for Schools Foundation - fees available on request.

During their school life children will be taught a variety of physical activities such as games, gymnastic activities, athletics, tag rugby, football, dance and swimming. It is our aim to promote a healthy and positive attitude to physical education stretching each child to improve their skills whether as an individual or team member.

We have excellent indoor and outdoor facilities for a variety of activities. We are members of the Malton School Sports Partnership that provides a variety of sporting opportunities and competitions for all schools in the area. 

Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988, Religious Education must be taught to all pupils for an adequate and reasonable length of time. This is assumed to be one hour per week. We accept the fact that the religious traditions in this country are mainly Christian. Our teaching gives a prominent place to the study of Christianity. Our syllabus is non-denominational and in keeping with the syllabus requirements. All children will take part in daily collective worship.

Parents wishing to withdraw their children from Religious Education or collective worship (their right under section 9(3) of the E.R.A.) may make special arrangements with the Headteacher.

This subject is introduced into the curriculum as early as the reception year when children are encouraged to enquire, discover, classify, explore, question, obtain evidence and generally investigate throughout their school life.