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The Eskdale Curriculum


At Eskdale Junior School we have a rich, exciting, engaging and challenging curriculum that is tailored to pupil need, allowing for the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. It is rooted in our five core values (known to the children as ‘The Big Five’ or S.T.A.R.S.) 

Through our curriculum we strive to increase our pupils’ ‘Skills and Knowledge for Life’, making it meaningful for them and preparing them to be successful learners both now and for the next stage in their education. 


We believe that it is essential also to nurture the children’s ability to ‘Take Care’, ‘Aim High’, ‘Respond to Challenge’ and develop ‘Self-Discipline’, as detailed in our ‘Vision and Values’ statement. Wherever appropriate, in the delivery of the curriculum, we identify opportunities to develop these.    

We ensure that effective curriculum coverage is achieved by incorporating the national requirements of curriculum 2014 into individual subject skill progression, so that pupils are given the opportunity to increase their skill and knowledge as they move through the school.  

At Eskdale, subject content is delivered both discretely (as individual disciplines) and as part of a thematic and flexible approach. Themes derive from a range of sources which are chosen to capture the imagination of pupils, making them both excited and ready to learn. The themes may include: periods of history, popular culture, books, personal development etc…These thematic approaches are underpinned by our differentiated subject progression mapping that can be viewed on our school website. Creativity is a key aspect of our curriculum and pupils are given opportunities to express their creative thinking and individual aptitudes by producing work that allows them choice in their presentation. The school has a careful balance between rigour in the curriculum and the development of creativity to ensure the focus on learning is never lost. 

Our thematic units of work are enriched and made memorable with visits from high-quality external providers, thematic days in school, visits to places of educational interest or residential visits.   

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Subject Areas


The links below give further information about how each of the curriculum subjects are taught at Eskdale Junior School.

Click on the links below to find out about each year groups curriculum
Our Approach to Reading and Phonics