Shawley Way Tattenham Corner Epsom Downs Surrey KT18 5PD


01737 350344



Curriculum Overview


Inspiration — we want our curriculum to inspire and excite children to be lifelong learners. Interesting and engaging learning opportunities are part of a rich, varied curriculum.

As a primary school, we educate children aged from 4 to 11 covering the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


Curriculum Intent Statement

At Shawley Community Primary, we aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our integrated curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education; one that will equip our children with the skills required to be independent, responsible citizens and to THRIVE in all aspects of their lives. 


Every child is recognised as a unique individual with their own unique learning journey.  Children at Shawley view learning as having no limits and that we are continually learning. We celebrate and welcome the many differences within our school community. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that school should be a happy, investigative and inspiring time in every child’s life where there are no limits to their curiosity. From our belief we are able to ensure that our pupils have a real thirst for learning, which is nurtured and embedded by the time they leave our school at the end of Year 6. At Shawley, we have a strong relationship with our local secondary school to ensure a smooth transition and that our pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education and adulthood. 

Our community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local events, competitions, support community fairs, contribute annually to the harvest food banks and local traditions. We are launching the Shawley Community Project (2022) to passionately promote our links with the local community and highlight what makes being a ‘Shawley Pupil’ special and unique. By taking an active interest and role within their community, it enables the children to learn new skills and show how they can make a positive difference. We also support a vast number of charities and host fundraising events, such as: Comic relief and Children in Need to name a few. Children leave our schools 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. Our rich learning opportunities are shared publicly through social media to share and promote our learning journeys with our community, so that it gives an insight into the classroom. 

We aim to deliver the curriculum through:

  • embedding life skills through teaching units on hygiene, community, finance, citizenship, mental well being and outdoor education
  • developing a sense of community and belonging. Making contributions to our community through direct interaction – including links with local organisations
  • equipping children with skills for life, through practical work
  • providing opportunities for children to broaden their outlook on life
  • making learning more meaningful, through putting it into context
  • holding a flexible timetabling approach to make space for true depth of study
  • establishing cross-curricular links to foster a broader understanding
  • outstanding use of technology
  • curriculum activities that are both local and global
  • developing a growth mindset so children to reach their potential

In ensuring we deliver the curriculum in school in such a way to meet our individual context, we have organised the learning as follows:

  • The curriculum is planned so that there is clear progression in each subject in terms of knowledge and skills as the children move through the phases of the school. Children revisit and build upon previously taught learning and connections between old and new learning are made as well as between individual subjects. 
  • Much of the learning is taught through linked topics so as to enable the children to immerse themselves more fully in their learning whether this an in depth study of a historical time period or a geographical theme. Our children enjoy this cross-curricular approach to learning, although we are careful to ensure that each individual curriculum subject is valued and their distinct characteristics recognised by organising learning so that each subject has its own place in the timetable. 
  • At Shawley, we believe that our curriculum should offer children not only the National Curriculum but life skills and experiences beyond this. We have spent time considering the needs of our children and, when planning learning opportunities, deciding on the approaches that will ensure our children have the best chance at succeeding in life and developing the cultural capital needed to thrive. Below are our ‘Curriculum Drivers’ which are constantly considered when deciding how and what is taught to ensure our curriculum offer is enriched and personalised to our children and their families. Our curriculum enables everyone to THRIVE. 


Foundation Stage (Reception, 4-5 year olds)
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. Here children are taught a well-planned and resourced curriculum which allows them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to confidently move forward to the next stage of their learning.

The areas that make up the Foundation Stage Curriculum are:

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

The outdoor environment is also a special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such, it is carefully planned for and available each day. The reception classes have their own specially equipped outdoor area which is in continuous use.

Key Stages 1 and 2

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2, ages 5 - 7)
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6, ages 8 - 11)

In Key Stages 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum, which is designed to be ambitious and ensure that all our children develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in life. The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:

Children also study the subjects below as part of the National Curriculum. These are called Foundation Subjects:

  •  Art and Design
  •  Computing
  •  Design  and technology (DT)
  •  History
  •  Geography
  •  Music
  •  Physical Education
  •  Modern Foreign Languages (Taught in Key Stage 2)

Religious Education
We teach religious education following the Surrey syllabus. We aim to foster sharing and caring and to develop a respect for the beliefs of others. We also try to give children an understanding of their responsibility as members of a wider community. Children are encouraged to appreciate the contribution which religious and spiritual values give to the individual’s search for meaning in life. We aim to develop knowledge of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Britain – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE should they so wish. If parents do not want their child to be taught the agreed syllabus then they are asked to discuss this with the Headteacher so that suitable alternative arrangements can be made.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Aspects of PSHE are taught across the school both as a discrete subject and linked to other curriculum areas where appropriate. Aspects of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) are now a statutory requirement to deliver across the primary age range and therefore is included within our PSHE curriculum at Shawley. Our provision for PSHE is outlined within our long term plans for each phase of the school.

Home Learning
Children throughout the school are encouraged to read at home for at least ten minutes on a daily basis and we ask that this is recorded in their Home Learning Diaries. They are also asked to access both Doodle Maths and Spelling for five minutes each day to keep themselves 'in the green'. Children in KS2 also ave access to 'Times Tables Rock Stars'. 

Each term a range of home learning activities are set by teachers to complement and enrich the learning that is happening at school. We also complete a termly whole project about our local area. Details of our expectations are sent to parents at the beginning of each school year, explaining how home learning operates at each stage of the school.

Educational Visits
Visits play an essential role in supporting children’s understanding of a range of subjects and are a vital part of school life. Our visits vary from places in the locality such as the library, St Mark’s Church and the local parks and allotments to residential trips for children in key years 4,5 and 6. 

Shawley Curriculum Drivers

Securing Knowledge

To prepare, equip and empower them in their lives, it is important that our children work hard and understand the role knowledge has in learning about the world.  We need children to understand the considerable value of knowledge and apply it to their learning. Through deliberate practice, repetition of key skills and planning for progression, we want children to try hard to remember what has been taught and use that to deepen their understanding across the curriculum.

 Developing Confident and Respectful Communicators

It is vital that our children develop the skills necessary to communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings successfully in a wide range of different forms. Children need to know how to speak and listen with respect in a variety of different situations. They need the ability to read well and read widely as this broadens horizons, develops imagination and provides a rich vocabulary through which they build knowledge and understand the world. Being able to write clearly, competently and where necessary concisely in many different forms is a key skill and it is essential that we maximise opportunities to develop this ability.

Valuing Diversity and Appreciation of the Wider World

Our children, staff and families are a small representation of the wider world. We believe it is important to ensure our children understand that the world we live in is diverse. We would like to ensure our children receive a curriculum that celebrates diversity and provides first-hand experiences. We want our children to recognise and value the things we have in common across a range of different cultural, religious, ethnic and social-economic communities.


Building Resilience

Our children need to become resilient to be able to deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world. They need to develop the ability to solve problems and ‘have a go’ without giving up.  Developing the skills to work independently and become resourceful will be key to this.




At Shawley, we have designed a curriculum and used Cornerstones, Curriculum Maestro as our online curriculum platform to do so. Cornerstones follows a design process, which defines our aims and sets out larger concepts, to articulate our pedagogical approach and wider co-curricular offerings. We plan and ensure a clear and secure curriculum and progression.  Our curriculum is rich, sequenced subject learning across year groups and supports teachers’ subject knowledge with quality resources. Subject leaders are equipped to manage school projects to deliver our bespoke curriculum and effectively align and assess the Shawley curriculum.


Our inclusive curriculum equips all children with the skills and personal qualities necessary to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life. As our curriculum is very practical, and has clear entry and exit points; this serves us well, as it engages all ability levels and can be accessed by children at different stages of English language acquisition. Our exit points provide opportunities for our local community with the learning that takes place at our school. Our learning involves many visits, and opportunities to learn in different environments. At every opportunity, we look to make our children’s learning experiences as authentic as possible. Where visits are not possible, technology is utilised to ensure these rich opportunities can still take place. An example of this is using the Now Press Play immersive audio resource.. This brings each topic to life and makes learning as relevant and as real as possible; we also use video conferencing to link up with speakers and audiences from around the UK and the wider world.

We are passionate about providing our pupils with experiences in and out of school to engage and enhance their curriculum and schooling experience. These range from visits to: Residential locations (High Ashurst, Kingswood and Isle of Wight), museums, sporting arenas, religious buildings, library visits, authors and poets, our local vicar and many more. We also shape our curriculum by planning for themed topic days, where the children and staff relish dressing up in themed costumes. These are chosen to reflect the children’s beliefs and the children enjoy being experts in their own celebrations.  Every area of our curriculum is valued and championed by passionate subject leaders. 


As a result, our children:

  • are immersed in a rich inclusive environment
  • develop a sense of belonging to, and play an active role in their community
  • develop financial responsibility
  • understand how to look after themselves, and their needs
  • broaden their outlook on life
  • become independent lifelong learners
  • have deep regard and sound values for themselves and each other


Curriculum Updates

Each half term we share a curriculum overview with parents so that they know what is being covered in the curriculum during that half term and can support the learning further at home. These curriculum overviews can be found here.

For further information regarding the school curriculum, please contact Mrs Dallimore via the school office.
Telephone: 01737 350344