Our Curriculum

Our school values (Striving for Excellence, Creating Opportunities and Nurturing One Another) and motto (Better Never Stops) run through all aspects of our curriculum. We aim to enrich children’s lives to ensure that they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they may face in later life. Our staff understand that learning is a change to long-term memory and they support children in making links between isolated pieces of information and procedures so they have a solid understanding of the world around them and the subjects they will study. 

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England with a clear progression of skills and knowledge outlined for each curriculum subject. Subjects are grouped together and led by our experienced, passionate and experienced staff in curriculum teams as outlined below:

  • Maths
  • English (Phonics, following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme, Reading, Writing and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) 
  • Science and Technology (Science, Design Technology and Computing) 
  • Healthy Lives (PSHE/RSE, PE and Food Technology) 
  • Humanities (Geography, History, RE and Spanish)
  • The Arts (Music, Art, Dance and Drama).

Curriculum Teams meet regularly to review the content and quality of their curriculum areas as well providing training for staff and arranging whole-school activities and events as appropriate. Each curriculum team also has a dedicated school governor assigned to support and challenge the work in this area. 

Curriculum Drivers and Key Concepts

Throughout school, we will exploit every opportunity for children to experience the following curriculum drivers in order to help them in becoming successful, well-rounded members of our community:

  • developing Reading skills

  • leading healthy lifestyles including mental well-being

  • acquiring new vocabulary 

  • using technology

  • practising speaking and listening skills

  • widening experiences

  • learning about the world around them

  • thinking about the future 

  • fostering positive attitudes to learning

  • engaging with the community and local area.

Furthermore, we aim for children to have developed a strong understanding of the following generic key concepts (detailed in the image below) which will be re-visited continuously throughout a wide breadth of topics. This ‘forwards and backwards engineering’ of the curriculum enables children to return to the same concepts over and over and gradually build understanding of them. These concepts also include the fundamental British Values as shown in bold in the ‘Being Human’ concept.

CGPS Key Concepts

Topics and Themes

Each year, we enjoy using the following overarching themes to bring learning throughout the school together:

  • Autumn - Inspirational People
  • Spring - Time Travel
  • Summer - Adventures Around the World.

Each year group follows age-appropriate learning linked to the whole school theme and centered upon a key character taken from the Commando Joe's (CJ's) curriculum (more details below). Throughout the year, mini-topics also bring the school community together as we focus on themes such as: Learning to Learn, Staying Safe, Save our Planet, Countries and Cultures and Moving On. 

For more information about the topics used in school and the key learning taking place in each year group at school within each term, please take a look at the documents below.

Commando Joe's (CJ's)

In 2020, we embarked on a new adventure with CJ's Education Services. Using their school-based Character Curriculum in a bespoke manner to underpin our topics with key characters and hands-on experiences, we are striving to develop seven character traits in all of our children. Character development is introduced in weekly CJ's sessions where children complete missions to test their skills and then these skills are practised throughout all other areas of our school curriculum. The skills are summarised within the 'RESPECT' framework as outlined below:

  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Self-Awareness
  • Positivity
  • Excellence
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

More details about CJ's at Clifton Green can be found in the document below.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children in Nursery and Reception will follow the EYFS curriculum which is split into seven areas of learning. 

There are 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language 
  • Physical Development

And 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Children learn predominantly through exploration and play and there is a huge focus on developing language and vocabulary within our setting.  If you would like to know more about EYFS at Clifton Green, please contact Jenny Smith (Assistant Head with responsibility for EYFS). 


At Clifton Green, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Programme. This phonics resource has been accredited by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of five phases. Discreet phonics sessions are taught daily and are fun and multi-sensory to appeal to all learning styles. To support early reading development, we support our phonics programme with a range of early reading books. These reading books are all phonetically decodable and carefully matched to children's ability. This allows children to practise the skills for early reading. Children have regular, discreet reading sessions in school and an opportunity to read their phonics books at home through the e-library.