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Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School

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The curriculum at Ironville & Codnor Park Primary School


At Ironville & Codnor Park Primary School our curriculum consists of the following subjects:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Design and technology
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • MFL (French)


We also teach religious education in school. We follow the the Derbyshire County Council Agreed Syllabus. The school makes arrangements for parents to exercise their right to withdraw their child/children from Religious Education and Collective worship. Please inform the teacher if you wish to exercise this right.  In addition, we teach Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE). Sex and Relationship Education is taught as part of the PSHEE Curriculum. 


Aims and Organisation


At Ironville and Codnor Park Primary, we are committed to providing children with a broad and balanced experience-based curriculum. Our curriculum is tailored to the needs of our children, providing them with a model of lifelong learning that promotes resilience and independence. There are seven behaviour traits at the core of our curriculum:


  • Respect;
  • Empathy;
  • Self-awareness;
  • Positivity;
  • Excellence;
  • Communication;
  • Teamwork.


These traits form the basis of our curriculum. We use a character-based programme as a vehicle for delivering subjects that enables all pupils to succeed, as curriculum outcomes are varied and not just reliant upon core subject skills. The curriculum construct has been carefully designed alongside the Commando Joes Character curriculum to inspire and motivate our children in exciting and challenging ways. The teaching of character is the underpinning focus of our curriculum and gives our children the ability to choose intelligently between alternatives and to take ownership of their own actions, giving them the skills to contribute significantly to society and be academically capable. Each class has 3 characters per year past and present that the children can relate to and who demonstrate(d) behaviour traits to inspire them. These characters are used to bring to life all aspects of our curriculum and support purposeful links between curriculum areas.


In school the children are grouped according to age in mixed ability classes. Staff plan in teams, following either a KS1 or KS2 plan. Planning takes into account the individual needs, aptitudes and abilities of the children in each class.


Staff use both whole class and group work and individual teaching strategies as appropriate, depending on the nature of the activity. Each subject in the curriculum is planned for separately to ensure coverage but may be taught in conjunction with other subjects. Some classes within the school have children from different year groups and staff take into account of this when planning the curriculum. 



Parent Leaflets 


These leaflets provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


The children who are in the Wrens class and are aged four to five, are in the Early Years Foundation Stage and this covers the year they spend in the Reception class. This is recognised as a distinct stage of learning, when children learn best through active play which builds on their individual needs and interests. For further information, please see the EYFS page. 

Thank you parents for attending the EYFS Open session in NUMBER to see how your children learn mathematics!

  • ‘it was fun to play numbers games’
  • ‘learning new strategies to help support at home’
  • ‘Enjoyed seeing new resources in maths, looking forward to trying them out at home’
  • ‘Another great workshop!’
  • ‘Going home with some fab ideas to help my son count’

Curriculum Areas

Long Term Plans