Curriculum intent

At Carleton we have designed our curriculum to enable children to know more and remember more. We want our children to develop their knowledge, questioning, thinking and skills across all curriculum subjects.

We teach our children how to keep themselves safe in both the real and virtual worlds they inhabit and to be confident to raise any worries or concerns.

As a small church school, our curriculum builds on our Christian Values of peace, friendship, thankfulness, endurance and trust. This means that we aim for our children to show high levels of spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. We teach our children to appreciate diversity, to show respect to all and we strive to open our children’s eyes beyond their immediate experience.

We aim for all our children to be curious, to ask questions and to be inspired to find out more about the world around them. We encourage our children to aim high and are aspirational for all our pupils, adapting our provision so that our curriculum is accessible to all.

We strive to find the fun in learning and to enrich our curriculum wherever possible building children’s cultural capital. We appreciate our beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and teach our children that they have a role and responsibility as global citizens.

Through our school curriculum we want our children to develop resilience and a positive mindset. To embrace mistakes as a first step in learning and to persevere.

Reading is a key priority as we believe it is the key to unlocking the whole primary curriculum for children. Through nurture in the EYFS, pupils begin building a wide vocabulary and a rich understanding of meaning of the words they encounter, which prepares them well for their next stage in learning.

Above all, we want our curriculum to enjoy their learning and be inspired to find out more . We want to ensure our children leave Carleton well-prepared for the next stage of their education and life in modern Britain.

The Seven Strands underpinning our curriculum are:


Knowledge   Safety   Positive Mindset    Curiosity   Aspiration   Responsibility    Christian Values  


Due to the disruption to children's education caused by the Covid pandemic, our curriculum incorporates revisits and knowledge checks to ensure children have the building blocks to move forward with their learning. 

If you would like to find out more about our school curriculum, please contact our curriculum lead- Mrs Rachel Henderson.