A rich, broad and balanced curriculum is used to help children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to succeed as learners. Each phase in this school prepares children for the next stage of learning.
Please click on the Year Groups below to download details of curriculum provision by subject.
To find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your child's teacher or come to one of the many parent mornings we hold throughout the year.
Our Curriculum Statement
As a school community, we believe our children possess unique gifts and qualities; as such they have the right to succeed, recognise their own greatness, and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment, our school ethos is firmly rooted in our motto, ‘dream, believe, achieve’.
At Varna, we strive to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We have a high focus on developing children’s resilience, moral, spiritual, social, emotional and cultural understanding. Varna ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain; celebrating our differences.
We provide a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. At Varna, we focus on curriculum development to ensure it is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. We provide pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, have a sense of personal pride in our achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every student to find strengths and interests through the clubs and activities that we have on offer. We want every child to become a confident reader and develop a love of books. We strive to make learning as interesting and purposeful as possible. In order to achieve this, we focus on the learning experiences of our children, whilst aiming for the best educational outcomes.
The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. We ensure that the children have the opportunity to learn knowledge, skills and understanding through the curriculum. We ensure that children have a range of opportunities in sports through sports clubs and attending competitions. In music, we have specialist teachers who teach woodwind and steel pans from Year 4 to 6. We develop independence, responsibility and respect through our Rights Respecting work and we are a Restorative practise school.
Our carefully crafted curriculum, balances the national expectations and an all-encompassing range of experiences allowing our children to flourish. Clear strategic planning allows the curriculum to be dynamic and adapt to the context of the school and children’s needs. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. We have high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross-curricular links. Outstanding classroom environments stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning. Planning is responsive to children’s needs; incorporating different approaches to teaching and learning.
At Varna we use continuous monitoring throughout the year to accurately assess the impact of the curriculum design. Curriculum teams monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development. Our whole school team strengthen our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes driving forward next steps – to ensure the curriculum is changed and adapted where needed.
DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE