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DDAT Curriculum Vision

Our trust aims for all their schools to provide its pupils with a substantial, broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that they are fully immersed in knowledge, skills, vocabulary, opportunities, responsibilities and experiences relevant to the world in which they live.

They recognise that each school is unique and has developed its own curriculum intent. As a trust, they believe that it is essential to recognise what is important to each individual school’s identity; their pupils and communities. Across the schools, our curricula do not look the same because our schools are all different. We support each other in curriculum implementation and schools work well together as well as with the School Improvement Team to improve shared priorities.

Professional development is fundamental to our success as a MAT equipping school leaders and all staff to deliver the very best to the children in all our schools.

Our Curriculum


Bolsover Church of England Junior School is an inclusive school where we aim to meet the unique needs of individual pupils whilst supporting them in fulfilling ambitions and striving to be the best that they can be.  We grow confident pupils with the want for them to participate equally with others regardless of background, special needs or disability not only for them to experience life in all its fullness in childhood but also in adulthood too.  


Here at Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we believe that a happy pupil is a good learner and that happiness as well as mental and physical wellbeing should be ends in themselves. We provide a warm and caring environment that nurtures confidence, self-esteem, kindness and support whilst challenging our pupils to develop resilience and perseverance and to be respectful of beliefs, customs and practices of others.


When planning our curriculum, at the very forefront, is the absolute desire to excite and challenge all pupils whilst providing them with the essential knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will undoubtedly face in life beyond Bolsover. Determining the design of the curriculum (including the concepts and skills pupils must grasp), are the endpoints our school wishes the pupils to reach. Since knowledge exists in rich schemata, we ensure that our pupils are taught concepts and skills in an order that enables them to make useful connections. Using the National Curriculum as a minimum expectation, leaders have sequenced learning in individual subjects so that knowledge builds incrementally about people, places, concepts and ideas. Alongside this, skills progression in different subjects is carefully taught and linked to this knowledge, so that skills development (knowing 'how to') is related to what has been learned within subject areas. 


Progress in learning is defined as knowing more and remembering more, and this is tested regularly to ensure that key concepts - identified by staff as the most important - stick in children's memory.


Over time, children's understanding of the world will therefore strengthen as they develop ever-more complex webs of knowledge that have been linked together, and they will begin to recognise links of their own. For each unit of work, key concepts and knowledge - and how they link to prior and future learning across subjects are shared with parents in 'Knowledge Organisers'. 


Each subject discipline is clearly defined when being taught. The plans below have more information about this. These plans are then broken down further into smaller steps by teachers in unit plans which match the overarching subject plans.


Within our school curriculum, vocabulary plays a significant part in embodying and communicating concepts through reading, exploration of new vocabulary and its meaning within contexts that stimulate our pupils’ thinking. We prioritise broadening pupils' vocabulary, as knowledge and understanding depend upon a rich vocabulary of the words that define the world. This links strongly to Reading (for more information see our 'Reading' page). Vocabulary progression is taught throughout school as well as subject-specific words that are planned across the curriculum (see individual subject curriculum documents below). 


Underpinning our curriculum design and sequencing is our school’s vision. We value every child and every moment and therefore our curriculum is structured to ensure that our pupils can be the best that they can be by providing them with the building blocks of what they need to know, remember and be able to do to succeed. As our pupils journey throughout school, they know more and have more capacity to learn.


Our curriculum allows for pupils to experience life in all its fullness - it goes beyond Bolsover and helps them to develop a good understanding of their role in society and the world in which they live recognising and appreciating the past, present and future.


Our curriculum is delivered through:

A thematic approach that is flexible and adaptable to the meet the needs of our individual pupils alongside the discrete teaching of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and maths.

Planned opportunities to teach and revisit key skills, knowledge and understanding in order to secure learning and ensure progress as well as opportunities to learn new knowledge when new concepts are connected with what has already been learned.


  • An approach which allows for feedback to be provided at the point of learning.
  • Memorable experiences to hook and engage our pupils into their learning.
  • Thematic lessons which begin with a “big start” and end with a “big finish”.
  • Quality key texts that promote the use and development of rich vocabulary.
  • Provide opportunities to develop oracy skills through a range of exciting speaking and listening opportunities and challenges.
  • Opportunities to develop pupils’ social and emotional skills.
  • High quality support and (wherever possible) same day intervention to meet identified needs including pre and post teaching.
  • A strong community approach with pupils at the very heart.


Through the teaching of our curriculum, we aim for every child to grow and flourish and leave Bolsover with a strong sense of well-being as well as the knowledge and skills to help positively shape the society in which they will live.


Despite school closures in the past, our curriculum continues to be broad, balanced and include the essential knowledge and skills whilst at the same time working to recover missed learning that is essential for our pupils to progress. As a consequence, we have developed policies and practices, including a blended learning approach to ensure standards both in and out of school remain high and that learning time is maximized. The intentions of the curriculum are deeply rooted within the work of the school where approaches are adapted to meet the changing demands in society whilst ensuring we serve our children and community with a bespoke core.


Accessing the Curriculum

Teachers liaise closely with the SENDCO and parents, as well as external agencies, to adapt the curriculum to make it fully accessible for pupils with SEND. Please see the 'Accessing the Curriculum for Pupils with SEND' (which can be found by clicking here) for how we do this. There is more information on our SEND page on the same tab above.

We also outline our duties under the Equalities Act and Public Sector Equality Duty to pay particular heed to identified groups, including objectives to improve Reading and Attendance rates for disadvantaged pupils, and ensure strong provision for pupils with SEND. Please follow the link below on Equality Policy/PSED for more information about this.


Updated: February 2022

Information about each of the curriculum subjects (along with policies and overviews) can be found under the "curriculum" tab and by selecting the subject.


For the additional opportunities and experiences we provide our pupils in school beyond our curriculum, check out the 11 things we aim for our children to experience before leaving our school by the age of 11: Bolsover's 11 By 11The following have been compiled by our staff in conjunction with our School Council.


Due to the potential need for working remotely at home during this academic year (due to pupils individually or a class/year-group bubble needing to self-isolate) we have amended our individual subject policies with the following addendum to outline how subjects are adapted and monitored while teaching and learning takes place virtually and at homeCurriculum Subjects' Policy Addendum


For further information about our Virtual Teacher Programme, please click here.


For further information about safeguarding in our curriculum document, please see our Safeguarding Golden Thread document here: Bolsover's Safeguarding Golden Thread document.

Our Teaching and Learning Approach

At the very heart of ensuring our children make excellent progress is quality first teaching and learning. The ‘Teach Simply’ model (Revisit/Review, Teach, Practice, Assess, Apply) is informed by current research and, very importantly, ensures that our children know and remember more whilst drawing upon the most pertinent principles of quality first teaching and learning.


Please find below our Whole School Curriculum Map, that covers all aspects of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Scroll down below to see the areas of learning we cover in each year group. To see how our curriculum covers the primary national curriculum, you can find this here.

 Updated: March 2022


Year 3

Mighty Metals

Tribal Tales

Terrible Tremors


Gods and Mortals



Year 5

 Scream Machine

Pharaohs & Mummies


Alchemy Island

The Bess of Hardwick

Bolsover Blossom and Bloom

Year 4

Burps, Bottoms & Bile

I Am Warrior!

Road Trip U.S.A

Blue Abyss

Traders & Raiders

Powerful Potions


Year 6

Blood Heart


The Frozen Kingdom

Darwin's Delights

Hola Mexico!

Tomorrow's World

The Progression of Key Concepts, Knowledge, Skills and Vocabulary at Bolsover Church of England Junior School 

Click on each subject area below to discover the curriculum documents for each subject.

These contain the overviews throughout Key Stage 2 from Year 3 to 6 at our school - along with the units and areas covered - and detail the progression of substantive and disciplinary knowledge, skills and vocabulary for each year group. Along with these, we have also identified the key concepts for each subject and how they are revisited through each out each term and year group.

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We have developed these in collaboration with our main feeder (Bolsover Infant and Nursery School) school's curriculum in mind. The Key Stage 1 objectives contained in these reflect their curriculum. This ensures there is a sequential build up of skills and knowledge from KS1 to KS2. For further information about their curriculum, check out their website here: Bolsover Infant & Nursery School - Curriculum (


English | St Michael's Church of England Primary School Walsall

For further information about our English curriculum, click here.

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For further information about our maths curriculum, including our knowledge organisers for maths, click here.

For further information about our science curriculum, click here.

For further information about our history curriculum, click here.

For further information about our geography curriculum, click here.

For further information about our computing curriculum, including our knowledge organisers for computing, click here.

For further information about our art & design curriculum, click here.

For further information about our physical education curriculum, click here.

For further information about our music curriculum, click here.

For further information about our design technology curriculum, click here.

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For further information about our languages curriculum, click here.

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For further information about our Religious Education, click here.


PSHE – Singleton C of E Primary School

For further information about our PSHE (including Relationships & Sex Education) curriculum, click here.


Knowledge Organisers

We recognise that when schools and parents/carers work together, children’s outcomes are improved. With this is mind, we have created half termly ‘Knowledge Organisers’, which are used both in school and sent home for children and parents/carers to refer to.

These relate to class themes and science work, and feature key facts, dates and vocabulary that children will need to learn in order to support their learning in class. They also identify knowledge our children should know before beginning each area of learning along with ideas for enquiry and further learning at home. 

Please refer to each curriculum subject page for examples of knowledge organisers for each discrete subject.

Knowledge Organisers are referred to on a regular basis during lessons, displayed in the classroom and in pupils' work books and children complete a pre and post assessment work at the beginning and end of each area of learning to assess what knowledge and skills they already know and what they have retained.


Subject specific knowledge organisers, that are also sent home each half term to support pupils in their learning, can be found on the subject pages by clicking on the links above.

For further information about our school's curriculum, please refer to the individual subject pages under the "curriculum tab" on our school website.


Alternatively, if you have any further queries, please contact Mr Backhouse (Deputy Headteacher) at school on 01246 822324, or via email, at