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At Drapers Mills Primary Academy, our aim is to inspire young minds and shape futures using a stimulating curriculum to help develop aspirational, independent children. Our  curriculum is engaging, with a richness of language at the heart of everything we do.

Curriculum Intent:

  • To provide excellent outcomes for the future of our young people in the 21st Century and beyond.
  • To engage children in a relevant, meaningful and challenging curriculum that stimulates, allows and supports their learning, developing fluency and expertise.
  • To ensure that every child exceeds their full academic potential within school and reaches an emotional maturity that allows them to be fully involved in the local community.
  • To develop children's desires to be ambitious, use their initiative and have a strong sense of community.
  • To help children develop a rich understanding of language.
  • To support children in having positive mental health that enables them to be happy and to understand how to keep themselves and others safe.
  • To ensure learning experiences are carefully sequenced, building on knowledge and skills and providing an excellent vehicle for children to secure and apply basic core skills across a wide range of subjects.


Curriculum Implementation:

Across our curriculum, lessons are sequenced to provide the necessary progression of knowledge and skills. Resources to support the curriculum are well thought out, allowing teachers the opportunity to use their craft to design lessons and experiences which stimulate children’s critical thinking, reasoning, language development and grasp of basic skills. Teachers build in appropriate challenge and provide opportunities to revisit vital skills and knowledge regularly and embed their learning.


Curriculum Impact:

We track progress across the curriculum. Cold tasks and hot tasks enable pupils to clearly demonstrate and celebrate their progress and marking and feedback enables children to have a clear understanding of their next steps. All children deserve the taste of success, therefore children’s achievements are celebrated with parents and carers, as well as within the school.






Wider Curriculum


Writing is an opportunity for children to express themselves, be creative, express ideas, opinions and show their true self. At Drapers Mills Primary Academy, we use a Talk for Writing approach. This helps our children to develop a good quality of language and sentence structure and provides them with the tools they need to be a creative writer.


There are three key stages to the process, IMITATION, INNOVATION and INVENTION.


High quality texts draw out new vocabulary and all important skill based toolkits to help support pupils in their writing development. A range of genres are covered to help children understand different story types.



Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Drapers Mills Primary Academy and threads through all areas of the curriculum. There are three main threads to our reading curriculum.


Reading for meaning. We use a Talk for Reading approach which helps develop pupil’s vocabulary and fully immerses them in high quality texts.


The mechanics of reading. 1:1 and group reading opportunities help pupils acquire skills to decode effectively and develop fluency.


Reading for pleasure. Reading incentives such as RED TED and Buster Book Club help to engage children in the pleasure of reading. Also peer to peer session with other year groups on a weekly basis.



At Drapers Mills Primary Academy we use a FARM approach to maths. Lessons consist of the following parts or stages to enable pupils to not only learn new skills but to apply them and challenge their thinking through reasoning.


FARM represents:







We support children in securing a strong foundation of basic skills through using a Maths Passport initiative.


The main basis for our wider curriculum is The Not as We Know It curriculum. This is a question based curriculum.


At Drapers Mills Primary Academy, we want to ensure that children have wide ranging experiences to develop greater curiosity and develop that ‘cultural capital’. We believe that children learn best when they are actively involved and can experience things first hand.


Educational visits and a Friday University enrich our curriculum, along with elements such as Forest Schools.


Reasoning and language development are at the heart of our wider curriculum, as well as the development of basic skills.


Long term overviews 2020-2021

Years 1-6