The St. Ebbe’s Curriculum for Compassion

Our curriculum is as rich in humanity as it is in knowledge.

Working with Dr. Debra Kidd, we have developed planning for foundation subjects around inquiry questions which will engage children of all ages in deep thinking about the past, present and future of our planet with compassionate studies of the humans which have, do or will inhabit it. In a nutshell, it is a curriculum designed to empower our learners to change the world.

Ensuring that children are successful academically is a crucial part of education but of paramount importance is that they also learn how to live successful and happy lives where they are informed, courageous advocates of the things that matter to them.

With the skills, experience and passion in our staff team, we have begun to build a curriculum on the principles above. Employing a consultant with in-depth knowledge of curriculum development provided expertise and inspiration, access to cutting-edge research as well as ongoing support and challenge.  

Much of what we are teaching links explicitly to Literacy and in part to mathematics. Details of long term plans for Literacy and mathematics will be published separately. 

Below you can find our first completed projects which we are trialling during the Summer Term whilst continuing our journey as we write projects for the Autumn.

For an explanation of our long term planning document please click here.

EYFS: How Can We Find the Beauty in our Wonderful World?

Year 1: How Can We Help Other People Feel Like They Belong?

Year 2: Is Water the Most Precious Thing in the World?

Year 3: What does Humankind Need? Do We Need Art and Why?

Year 4: Can We Future-Proof our Planet?

Year 5: Do We Have the Power to Change the World?

Year 6: What Does the Earth Show To Tell Us Our Story of Humankind?


Further Curriculum Information

We teach phonics daily in EYFS and KS1 using the DfE Letters and Sounds Programme, and reading is taught using a programme of graded books.

We teach writing using the Talk for Writing approach developed by Pie Corbett which is based on the principles of how children learn; it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. All writing is linked to our curriculum projects ensuring that each sequence has an authentic audience and purpose.

For children who need additional support, we use the Read, Write Inc. resources and Code X together with Precision Teaching and Toe-by-Toe.

In Maths we use Maths No Problem which is based on the Singapore Maths approach alongside the resources published by White Rose.   This approach is designed to improve pupils’ understanding, enjoyment and attainment in mathematics, and emphasises conceptual understanding and problem solving.


Useful Maths Resources

These resources were shared with parents at our Curriculum afternoon and evening March 2017:

We also recommend TopMarks for maths practice.