Our Curriculum

Why do we do what we do?

At Zaytouna Primary School, we provide pupils with a curriculum of excellence that is relevant for the 21st Century, and critically important to their successes now and in their future.

We have constructed a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged the cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our curriculum considers the fact that our children, in 10 to 15 years, will be entering a workplace where the jobs have not been invented yet or even anticipated.

Our curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that can be applied across all subject areas, and in all educational, career and social settings throughout their life. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement

We provide rich opportunities for the children to explore citizenship and real-life world issues, which at times they may have to grapple with to make sense of; this in turn helps them to develop skills such as collaboration and communication, and equips them with the necessary skills for life in the 21st Century.

How do we achieve excellence?

The curriculum is designed using a cross-curricular approach, as we know this enables our children to make connections across their learning, leading to deeper learning experiences. Through this approach, the learning is slowed down, covering less but in much greater depth to allow pupils to master the skills through each sequence of learning.

All learners are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is delivered through our four Curriculum Excellence areas: 

  • Language, Arts and Culture 
  • People, Places and Politics
  • STEM
  • Health and Well-being


In each curriculum area, high quality learning experiences allow learners to develop and apply the core skills of: 

  • Communication 
  • Numeracy
  • Digital empowerment


Whilst learning about our key Global Themes of: 

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Peace and conflict
  • Identity and diversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Health and wellbeing


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