Glebe Primary School

The Curriculum at Glebe

Curriculum Intent

At Glebe Primary School we aim to provide an enabling, accessible curriculum that inspires life-long learning and fosters curiosity. We teach children to respect themselves and others in order to prepare them to take their place on our global interconnected world fulfilling their full potential.

  • In order to build cultural capital, we provide engaging and topical learning experiences during each topic and ensure experiences nurture curiosity and are diverse, rich and aspirational.
  • The 2014 National Curriculum is embedded throughout the school building on the Early Years Foundation stage. We have developed our curriculum to ensure it is relevant for Glebe pupils and is accessible for our SEND and high needs pupils.
  • Timetables and topics are carefully planned to ensure that learning comes to life through awe and wonder events which make learning more purposeful and enabling links to be made both between and across subjects.


Curriculum Implementation

English and Maths are given the highest status in our curriculum to help learners to improve their learning and performance in education, work, and life. These are embedded in the school’s curriculum. 


At Glebe Primary School we follow the 2014 Primary English Curriculum objectives. In order to break the broad objectives down further we teach English under four key areas, each of these areas I broken down into fifteen strands. This helps teachers to plan for progression and identify gaps and weaknesses. The key areas and strands are as follows:


Spoken language








Word reading

Being a reader


Being a researcher




Grammar and vocabulary



Handwriting and presentation





Glebe Primary School uses the Read Write Inc. Phonics scheme for the delivery of phonics. This is adapted according to pupil and cohorts needs and strengths.



Reading is at the heart of our learning and teaching and is essential to every area of the curriculum. It is through reading that concepts are formed and we are able to make sense of the world and our place in it. Children are taught to read in a variety of ways. Each week children read individually and in groups during guided reading lessons; they are also given regular opportunities to share a book with others. Guided reading focuses on the skills of comprehension and critical appreciation. Teachers read a huge variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries, poems etc.

We have a home-school reading system (up to Year 6), which expects that children read at least four times a week and children are rewarded when they do so.

For more information on Reading at Glebe Primary School please see our ‘Teaching children to read at Glebe’ document.


Glebe Primary School uses The White Rose and Power Maths schemes to support the teaching of the National Curriculum for Mathematics. Click here for more information. 




Glebe Primary School uses Hamilton Trust scheme to support the teaching of the National Curriculum for Science. Click here for more information. 



Foundation subjects

The Glebe Primary School curriculum consists of: the National Curriculum core and foundation subjects, which are taught through a relevant, contextual and inspiring creative curriculum, RE, PSHCE, Unicef Rights Respecting School aims and visits and visitors to ensure learning is always first hand where possible and a program of extracurricular activities that includes creative and physical opportunities. Each term we also provide a detailed outline of the topics and focus to be covered in each subject by each year group.


Religious Education

Glebe Primary School uses the Essex County Council Religious Education syllabus. Learning focuses mainly on Christianity with specific studies on other religions. Parents and carers who do not wish their children to take part in Religious Education should inform the Headteacher who will make alternative arrangements.


Collective worship

Pupils take part in daily collective worship during assemblies. Collective worship at Glebe Primary School is broadly Christian in character but not distinctive of any denomination. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship.