Spire Junior School





At Spire Juniors we believe that children should be supported, nurtured and encouraged to become global citizens, having the purpose, skills and dreams to make a better future. We believe that by creating an exciting and stimulating learning environment we can prepare our children to be safe, ready and respectful members of society with the best start in life.

Structure and Organisation:


Our curriculum is organised into three areas, ‘Discover’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Create’.Central to the curriculum are Core Skills that underpin everything we do:

Active Learning:

Basic Skills:

Creative Thinking:

Working across three terms allows us to explore areas of the curriculum in greater depth.In the autumn term, the main theme is History; in the spring term, its Geography, and in the summer term, we focus on the Arts. Further skills are mapped to each term and are developed as a result of the curriculum we plan:

Discover: History

Explore: Geography

Create: Arts


Curriculum planning: A pedagogy of possibility


‘We’re here to put a dent in the universe.’


                                                                                                                   Steve Jobs


We believe that our children deserve inspirational learning opportunities.Curriculum planning ensures that children are immersed in exciting projects with authentic outcomes.They are challenged to work creatively whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding through highly engaging and enriching experiences.





The three curriculum themes of history, geography, and arts have rigorous skills progression grids which ensure that key subject-specific learning is embedded throughout each project.This is assessed using SOLO taxonomy, which consists of 5 levels of development. The school focuses on Level 3, 4 and 5; Multi-structural, Relational, Extended Abstract.


Children are continually assessed, formative judgments are made mid-term to allow teachers to adapt learning opportunities and then again at the end of the term.


Curriculum Development:


The curriculum structure allows continued innovation and development.Teachers have the freedom and confidence to change, adapt and develop the content of individual projects which are underpinned by our non-negotiables skills and ‘procedural’ knowledge, namely:


Non-negotiables skills and ‘procedural’ knowledge


History Geography Arts
Plan and research Analyse and evaluate Show empathy


Show a commitment to justice

Explore issues, events and problems from different perspectives

Support conclusions using reasoned arguments and evidence

Communicate their learning in relevant ways


Recognise that they can impact their environment and community Show a commitment to justice Recognise their roles as Global citizens


Communicate learning in relevant ways

Show empathy


Show flexibility Organise time and resources Communicate their learning in relevant ways


Work towards a goal

Adapt ideas as circumstances change



Continuous research and links with innovative schools are used to inform practice and high levels of reflectiveness throughout school lead to a shared commitment to continued development.

Please watch the video below for a brief overview of our curriculum


Spire Junior School - curriculum intent from Mr Shaw on Vimeo.

Please click here to see our curriculum overview

Religious Education

Children are taught R.E. on a weekly basis. We follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus.


Children have at least two lessons of P.E. every week. They take part in a variety of sporting activities including gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities. In Y5 the children learn to swim.


The children are taught about e-safety to help them to keep safe on the internet. They use the internet to research topics and find information. They are taught how to use databases, spreadsheets, multimedia and word processing programmes.

Children use ICT in all areas of the curriculum to support their learning.


Other Subjects

On a weekly basis children take part in:

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    Derby Road
    Derbyshire, S40 2EN
    01246 234546
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