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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." 
-Nelson Mandela



Our approach to learning

At Essendine, our values remain at the core of everything we do: 



Our Essendine Values:



Our curriculum is designed to inspire inquisitive, resourceful and knowledgeable global citizens. We aim to develop cultural capital to underpin academic success through real-life, relevant experiences and a broad and balanced provision. We encourage personal growth through independent enquiry, discussion and reflection. We promote inclusivity through a balanced global perspective. Curriculum design and teaching combine for a systematic approach to identified concepts with wide-ranging opportunities for incidental learning.

Overviews by subject

All subjects will be delivered through a theme-based approach to learning.  All Themes will have an emphasis on enquiry skills and will incorporate the skills learned in English and mathematics.


Science, Geography and History will be the key drivers of each theme with Art, Design and Technology, Music and PE being the enhancers.


Drivers provide the key focus for learning within the theme - for example Ancient Greece, Benin or Space. This is the context through which we teach the curriculum content each term.

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught in small, focused, ability groups. The school follows the 'Letters and Sounds' programme.


Click on a subject below to learn more information.