Values and Vision

At Gilbert Scott, our aspirational curriculum is focused on the development of children’s language and communication, knowledge, skills and understanding across all primary subjects. The aim of excellence is to ensure pupils are ready for their next stage of learning. Children are motivated to learn, display perseverance, responsibility, and respect in an inclusive environment.

Our curriculum gives children the opportunity to develop skills for life by offering a range of real-life, enriching experiences within their local environment as well as beyond. Children will benefit from our curriculum that opens doors to a successful future.

Curriculum Intent

At Gilbert Scott Primary school, in depth analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with five key priorities underpinning every subject area. We recognise that for pupils to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital. Therefore, this is interwoven through each area of the curriculum.

Our interpretation and understanding of Cultural capital are that it is the accumulation of knowledge, skills, behaviours, and experiences that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge, and competence. Cultural capital represents the key ingredients that a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career, and the world of work. 

Our Five Key Principles


Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen to, understand, and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

Through reading, identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of standard English.

Listen to and tell stories often to internalise the structure.

Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.

Knowledge / Understanding

Cumulative acquisition of knowledge where upon children are given the opportunity to broaden, embed and apply their understanding of core knowledge.

To be knowledgeable about content and the world around them.

To develop confidence that comes from possessing a store of essential knowledge.

To have a sub-set of knowledge and the accompanying vocabulary that will maximize chances of leading rich and fulfilling lives.


Children learn the skills to be able to find out, use and apply the knowledge that they need when they need it. Our teaching is focused on developing children’s generic learning and thinking skills as well as subject specific skills.

Building a progression of skills from Nursery onwards through to Year 6 ready for the next stage in their learning.

Be able to manage life skills in the world around them.

Pupils develop foundation skills for learning in the EYFS through meaningful play.


Pupils have an awareness of their own impact on their future and how they can contribute positively to a wider society.

Pupils will develop, practice and apply a range of behaviours which equip them to be successful learners now and, in the future.

Pupils value diversity and demonstrate tolerance, compassion and mutual respect to all members of the school and wider community, whilst developing the life-skills needed to unlock their potential.


Providing opportunities to explore new experiences, through lunchtime and after-school clubs, including sports.

Children have access to opportunities in the arts.

Prioritising school trips locally and further afield.

Providing opportunities for questioning, curiosity, and creativity.

Pupils access experiences and opportunities which develop aspirations and broaden the horizons of lifelong learning.