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Curriculum Information

At Cutthorpe, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a safe and friendly environment. Our pupils leave Cutthorpe as well rounded individuals with a solid academic foundation alongside the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully move on to secondary school and beyond.


The rigours of the National Curriculum 2014 are delivered by our team of experienced teaching staff, whose personal interests ensure that foundation subjects such as PE, food & healthy living, music and art are not neglected. Pupil progress and attainment is regularly tracked, tested and moderated with our cluster of local schools to ensure that assessment is fair and accurate.


Our curriculum delivery is enhanced by welcoming specialist visitors into our school and taking the children out of the classroom to enjoy off site activities. Activities in the past have included:


  • A visit to a local farm to see how some of our food is produced.

  • A visit into school from our local MP, followed by a trip to the Houses of Parliament to learn more about how our country is governed.

  • A visit to Kelham Island Museum to work with STEM ambassadors on a Build It project.

  • A visit into school from The History Van who helped the children explore Victorian homes through role play activities.

  • A visit to Eyam for the history topic of The Plague followed by a visit from The Plague Doctor.


Our school is also a member of the Chesterfield School Sports Partnership and regularly participates in local and regional events. The sports are many and varied and offered to children of all ages over the academic year. Take a look at our Sporting Activities & Events page in the Children’s section for some lovely photos of our pupils enjoying a variety of events.


Safeguarding is a priority for all of our children. We deliver a range of topics using specialist age related resources covering subjects such as bullying, road safety, online safety, Relationships & Sex Education and drug awareness. These subjects are revisited regularly with the children as part of a spiral curriculum where messages are repeated. Resources are also sent home to help parents understand and reinforce these important topics.  Parents are also signposted to websites and organisations where they can get further help and information.


Our governors are involved in monitoring the curriculum work in school. Alongside school staff, governors are given the opportunity to take a more in depth look at some of the curriculum subjects in school, looking at children’s work and chatting to pupils about topics they are covering. They have also attended subject based staff meetings to get a feel for how we organise the curriculum in school.


The tabs below will give more information about the various topics that we cover in each of the seven year groups. Some of the topics are taught on a two year rolling programme to ensure curriculum coverage in our mixed age classes. Our Class Pages also show our children taking part in some of the activities linked to their curriculum topics.