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Curriculum Intent and Rationale

A Curriculum for the Federation

The Federation of Rawcliffe Bridge and Rawcliffe Primary Schools are located just under two miles apart in the East Riding of Yorkshire near the town of Goole. Rawcliffe Bridge Primary School is a Victorian school building, complete with the original house and extensive garden areas including a vegetable patch. There are currently two classes catering for pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Rawcliffe Primary School is more modern and was built 20 years ago and also benefits from large outside spaces. There are currently four classes catering for children from Reception to Year 6.

We are very proud of our community and our wonderful pupils who are inquisitive and eager to learn.

With this context in mind, we have designed and organised our Federation curriculum to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, which can be accessed here, but also a range of wider activities that enrich the experiences of our children. We also have a commitment ensuring all our children are inspired, and flourish as individuals. As such we are developing a programme of Federation Pledges which will be a bank of exciting, challenging experiences to support us to achieve this aim. 

Embedded in our ‘informal’ curriculum is the transmission of values and beliefs that the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others, whilst developing knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning, in order to unlock their true potential.


It is our intention that The Federation of Rawcliffe Bridge and Rawcliffe Primary Schools curriculum is stimulating, relevant and meaningful. We want our pupils to understand how they can apply the knowledge and skills they are learning to life beyond the classroom in a range of contexts. We want the curriculum to open our pupils' minds and encourage them to be inquisitive, intrigued by their learning, question the world we live in and create a desire to want to learn more.  

Our curriculum, with a focus on human flourishing is designed to be aspirational, meaningful and creative and also to challenge pupils to be ambitious, reflective and resilient in their learning. We want our curriculum to lead to the development of educated citizens who will positively influence society.

Rationale for Implementation

In the Rawcliffe Federation of Schools, we continually work hard to design and refine a curriculum that meets these aims and intentions.

We utilise a range of resources to implement and deliver a high quality of education – including Little Wandle for the teaching of early reading and phonics, and a mastery approach to mathematics with the White Rose Maths programme. Please explore the other curriculum areas on our website to find out more about our whole curriculum offer.