Crown Wood Primary

Crown Wood
Primary School

Wider Curriculum

Our wider curriculum is based on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and covers every subject in the English National Curriculum.  The IPC is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness (important because of our locality’s worldwide links) and encourages personal learning (linked to our school values).  It is flexible and is adapted to our children's needs.   We know that the main barriers to learning are often linked to language, vocabulary and reading.  The IPC provides rich opportunities to gain knowledge about the world, to build vocabulary and develop oracy skills, all of which will support their reading.  Addressing these are a priority for the school.  The IPC approach emphasises hands-on and experiential learning with opportunities for special events, trips and visitors

IPC is purposeful and engaging.  Themed units help children to see how subjects are both independent and interdependent, helping them to see the ‘big picture’, make connections across different subjects and talk about a topic from multiple perspectives.  Not every subject is taught every week, creating time and space for children to deepen their knowledge and understanding.  There are opportunities for children to use and apply their mathematics and English skills in every unit.

IPC promotes metacognition.  The children are involved in the learning process at every stage, helping to shape the ‘route’ through a unit and self-assessing using ‘rubrics’.  The ‘Brainwave’ units that are designed to develop an understanding of how we learn and give strategies to support learning and thinking skills.  The IPC approach challenges children to explain, justify, solve problems and make connections, helping them to develop reasoning skills.

Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE), French and some aspects of Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) sit outside the IPC.  We use the ‘Val Sabin’ Scheme of Work for PE, the ‘Discovery’ Scheme of Work ( to support the planning and teaching of RE and PIXL Character and Culture resources, known collectively as ‘QuickStart’’ for PSHE and Citizenship.

You can download our wider curriculum overview and subject specific curriculum statements below.  Further wider curriculum resources can be accessed here and you can visit the appropriate year group pages for their annual overviews and timetables using the following links:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
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