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Sowing seeds of success: Growing courageous learners

Growing Courageous Learners.

Curriculum & Learning

Curriculum at Sowerby Primary Academy 


Children under 5 years old go into our Reception classes. The Reception year group, follow a different curriculum to the rest of the school known as the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The rest of the school, that is, year groups 1 through to 6 follow the National Curriculum. The 3 ‘core’ subjects are English, Maths and Science and there are 8 ‘foundation’ subjects which we teach through a thematic approach developed from a high quality core text. 

Curriculum Intent

Our intention is that our curriculum will enable us to ‘grow courageous learners’.  To have courage to try new things, make mistakes and move out of their comfort zone from time to time to grow.

We deliver a knowledge rich curriculum that is ambitious and tailored to meet the needs of all pupils.  Pupils acquire skills that can be applied across subjects in an increasingly sophisticated way.  We give great consideration to experiences and opportunities to develop the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.  In this way we will foster kind, responsible adults of the future.

The outer wheel are the values we ensure are evident in all that we do, addressing personal well-being.  We strive to develop kind, confident and tolerant individuals, who can thrive in modern Britain.

The curriculum is designed with 2 major goals in mind:

  1. To provide a rich cultural capital
  2. To provide a coherent structured, academic curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding.

Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is the background knowledge of the world pupils need to infer meaning from what they read.  It includes vocabulary, which in turn helps pupils to express themselves in a sophisticated and mature way.

Coherently Planned Curriculum

Our curriculum sets out:

  • A clear list of the breadth of topics to be covered
  • Threshold concepts, pupils should understand
  • Criteria for progression, within threshold concepts
  • Criteria for depth of understanding



Our curriculum is delivered through high quality texts around a theme.  The themes are the context for a series of lessons over 3 weeks.

We also deliver enrichment weeks where a particular aspect is a week-long focus.  These may range from Diversity week, Multi-cultural week and STEM topics.

We aim to make learning difficult to resist. Our curriculum is about providing children with excitement for and inspiration to learn. We build learning experiences which excite, inspire and challenge pupils. This approach enables a sense of purpose which is deepened by participation, contribution and collaboration from all children.

Their published work is a reflection of the hard work and a celebration of their achievements.  Some of these can be seen on class pages and blogs.

We recognise the importance of sequenced and spaced learning, retrieval practice and developing links between concepts as the key to making learning 'stick'.