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Eastbury Community School

Curriculum Overview

ECS Curriculum Intent

The Eastbury Curriculum is built upon our three principles of Excellence, Collaboration and Success.

Excellence: in our expectations; attitudes to learning; academic outcomes and future destinations.

Collaboration: With each other; with our local community and with professional organisations.

Success: in all its forms; celebrating progress at every step and striving to realise potential.

At all phases we offer:

  • a rich, broad and balanced curriculum
  • an inclusive curriculum designed to engage, support and challenge every learner
  • a curriculum that values diversity and reflects the world our students live in.

In all subject areas we strive to equip students with the knowledge and skills they require for the future: academically; through interpersonal development; and as active, conscientious members of society. We are committed to meeting and exceeding the requirements of the EYFS Statutory Framework & National Curriculum. This is enhanced with opportunities and experiences in STEAM subjects, sport, pupil leadership, and creative, character and cultural education. 

Our curriculum is ambitious at all phases, presenting all pupils with continuous and appropriate challenge and rigorously tracking their progression, with an ongoing focus on the foundational skills of reading, literacy and numeracy. This is underpinned by a whole-school metacognitive pedagogy that equips pupils to be critical thinkers, and independent, lifelong learners.

If you would like more information about our curriculum, please contact Mr Dominic Simpson (dsi@eastbury.barbaglea.org.uk)

Primary Curriculum Overview

At Eastbury, we aspire to deliver a broad, balanced curriculum that is vibrant, creative and that puts children at its heart. Our aim is to excite children’s imaginations and inspire them to learn. We have the highest expectations of all learners and focus on promoting excellent attitudes of learning. We want to extend their horizons, deepen their understanding so they can become successful lifelong learners. ECS believes that every child should make effective progress, reach their full potential as local, national, global citizens, and succeed in a changing world.

Our curriculum promotes and celebrates our character values which are our curriculum drivers:

  • Success
  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Responsibility
  • Collaboration

ECS delivers a bespoke knowledge and skills-based curriculum which fulfils the National Curriculum requirements, as well as providing additional enrichment experiences and extra-curricular opportunities for our children. This includes real-life experiences such as education visits or inviting visitors into school, an interesting arts programme and a range of sporting opportunities that include competitions. 

In the Primary Phase, there is a relentless focus on teaching the fundamentals in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and it is our aim that no child will leave Eastbury without these core skills in place. That is why these subjects are taught daily and brought to life by being applied throughout the day in other topics.

Across the school for English, we have embedded the Talk for Writing scheme which is an engaging teaching framework that raises progress and boosts standards. Early reading is a key focus and fundamental part of our school curriculum. Direct, focused phonics is taught every day and children read from books with the sounds they know, while they are learning to read. Sounds-Write is followed by teachers to deliver a linguistic approach to phonics. Pupils make good or better progress in phonics and receive additional intervention when needed to ensure that every child has the best start to their education. Alongside, Daily Supported Reading is embedded to help children develop comprehension skills.  In KS2, the Destination Reader scheme is being taught as we believe this truly develops a love of reading in our children by giving the opportunity to study great literature while embedding the essential learning behaviours for reading. 

In Mathematics, our school has been following the Maths-No Problem scheme, this scheme is based on the evidence-based approach developed in Singapore, it has been recommended by the DfE for schools on the Teaching for Mastery Programme. This ensures that our children are cultivating a variety of Math's skills which challenges them through daily opportunities in reasoning and deepens learning, allowing the development of Maths expertise as they move through the school. This year, we are very excited to be rolling this out into our foundation stage where structure and play are both prioritised to support our children's progress in Maths. 

 At Eastbury, we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark in Science. Our children are given a range of scientific experiences to enable them to raise their own questions about the world around them. As they move through the school children develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. We are lucky that we have our very own Forest school where pupils can develop an interest for natural surroundings and respect the environment. As well as this we have achieved the Bronze Eco Award, our children are Eco Warriors as they are aware of their responsibility to look after the environment and understand ways to proactively act for a greener future.

Our creative curriculum ensures the specific knowledge and skills are achieved in all subjects. The foundation subjects are just as significant as our core subjects. Throughout the curriculum, there is a clear coverage and progression of key skills. We have designed the curriculum to ignite curiosity and spark an interest in the world around us and past events that have shaped us. This encourages our children to be critical thinkers and to make connections and links in their journey at Eastbury. The learning environment is prioritised to enrich learning and assist children’s retention of knowledge through the use of timelines, maps, rich vocabulary and visuals where possible. Explicit teaching of language and vocabulary is prioritised with extremely high expectations from a young age. All children are expected to master long-term memory.

At Eastbury, we continue to foster the children's love of music by providing an excellent music provision where every child is taught to play a musical instrument with a music specialist. We are proud to announce that we have achieved the Music Mark Status. 

Our PSHE curriculum develops resilience in our learners by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be independent and responsible members of society. We champion and celebrate the diversity of our local community and make our pupils aware of how they could make a positive contribution to their community. Learning a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) supports an understanding of living in a multicultural society, provides an opening to other cultures and fosters curiosity about the wider world. Throughout the school from Reception onwards, our children are taught Spanish lessons by a native Spanish teacher.

Our curriculum recognises the importance of physical and mental wellbeing, good health, and promotes an active lifestyle. Every morning, our children participate in the Daily Mile Challenge. We provide high quality PE sessions which are delivered by Sports Nation.  

We never give up on any child and acknowledge that every child is unique. Our curriculum priority is to open doors to future successes, be that in the arts, science, sports, as a writer or mathematician.  We are always looking for ways to improve our school, hence we are currently working towards achieving the Right Respecting School Award. Finally, at Eastbury, we are confident that as our children leave us, we have equipped them with tools to face all the challenges that lie ahead of them.

If you would like more information on our broad and balanced primary curriculum, please contact Aisha Raymond by ara@eastbury.bardaglea.org.uk

Primary Curriculum Drivers

In the primary phase, our curriculum promotes and celebrates our core character values:







These character values are our curriculum drivers. As the children journey through the school from EYFS through the years, these drivers become the basis of everything they do and experience, how they behave in and around their school in all aspects of school life. These key drivers are personal to our school and have allowed us to create a curriculum personalised for our pupils which will enrich their lives and set them up for their future. We believe that a balance of these 6 drivers is required to create successful learners.


  • Children experience high levels of success both academically and socially.
  • Our pupils are ambitious and motivated as future leaders and entrepreneurs.
  • Children experience high levels of success within their chosen fields.
  • Our children strive for the best opportunities and are inspired by endless possibilities.
  • Children are content, grateful and mindful individuals who feel success through being present.
  • Children experience a variety of extra-curricular programs including; Brilliant Club, Rock steady.


  • Children are equipped with tools and strategies to overcome barriers in life.
  • Our children can solve problems, think critically and tackle challenges that arise.
  • When personal, mental and physical challenges occur, our children can persevere.
  • Children are willing to challenge themselves and are not afraid of failure.
  • Learning is a journey, and each mistake is an opportunity to develop further; enabling children to persist in the face of challenge.


  • Our children understand the world and our role within it to persevere the earth through sustainability and eco-friendly practices.
  • Children are empathetic to all citizens and actively fundraise for charities and those who are in need.
  • Children understand that individuals are unique, and they value and embrace differences that contribute to our diverse society.
  • Our children understand the importance of freedom of speech, and they respect opinions that differ from their own.
  • Listening to others helps our children gain a better understanding of the world that they live in through the eyes of others.


  • Our Children are confident individuals who understand the importance of keeping themselves and others safe.
  • Children consider risks with careful thought and manage them effectively so they can fulfil all aspects of their life.
  • Children understand the role of emergency services and the impact that they have on our local, national and international society.
  • Children understand that managing their own mental health and wellbeing is paramount to leading a happy and enjoyable life.


  • Our children are courageous to stand up for what they believe in and voice their opinions.
  • Children are conscientious of the decisions that they make and how they affect others and the world around them.
  • Children understand how to look after their minds, bodies and souls.
  • Children take responsibility to stand up for the world, people, animals and for their beliefs
  • Global citizenship is embedded through commitment to making the world a better place.


  • Our Childrens’ work together to make a significant impact on those who are less fortunate through fundraising for global causes.
  • Children engage with local, national and Interational matters to make significant contributions to the world.
  • We understand that we can achieve more by working together and that makes us effective when working in teams and large groups.


Year Group Curriculum Overviews

Primary Curriculum Subjects  

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