Marlcliffe School Primary Curriculum


At Marlcliffe Primary School our intent is to provide an engaging and relevant curriculum which develops the children’s skills and helps them learn about the wider world, thoroughly preparing them for secondary education. Our curriculum is built around the objectives set out in the National Curriculum which covers the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Languages and Citizenship. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and Religious Education (RE) are also part of our curriculum.


Each phase (Y1 and Y2, Y3 and Y4, Y5 and Y6) undertakes a two year cycle of half- termly topics. They are designed to promote the children’s interest and allow them to develop their understanding within different subject areas through a shared context. We believe that this develops children’s independence and resourcefulness so that they can utilise their strengths in one subject area to overcome challenges and achieve in another.

Alongside our commitment to providing an enjoyable and interesting curriculum, we also have a rigorous approach to progress. The objectives set out in the National Curriculum have been appropriately assigned to different year groups making sure that as a child moves through Marlcliffe Primary they are continually developing new knowledge, whilst also having the opportunity to consolidate the skills that they have already learned.

Rigorous curriculum reviews are undertaken by all teaching staff to ensure that the National Curriculum is fully implemented and planning and resources match their objectives. Moreover, at Marlcliffe Primary we are fully committed to responding to children’s interests and world events and therefore topics may change temporarily.

We utilise a variety of ICT to inspire and support the children as well as providing them with different ways of sharing their learning. Foundation Stage use Tapestry to share learning with parents and carers and they can comment and post home learning themselves; Key Stage 1 and 2 utilise a variety of software and websites to support home-school learning such Spelling Shed, SeeSaw, BBC ReviseWise and Times Tables Rockstars.


We ensure the children are able to share their understanding and successes in a variety of ways; children at our school are given a variety of opportunities to showcase their achievements. Home learning walls, show and tell, displays, exhibitions and blogs all contribute to the children knowing that their learning is valued and celebrated.

In addition, we aspire to provide children with memorable experiences: educational visits, expert visitors to school, residential visits such as Kingswood Activity Centre in Y4 and a week-long trip in Y6, community events, and lots of practical learning.

We believe that the carefully-crafted curriculum at Marlcliffe Primary gives our children the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed and prepares them for the rigours of their continuing learning journey.

Additional Information

Please click on the link below to view our whole school overview of topics and information on how our curriculum is designed. More detailed information is sent home each term and can also be found on the links on the class pages of this website.

The BBC has created the following website to help parents and carers to support their children’s education and has information about the national curriculum as well as Class Clips and Learner Guides:

The Department for Education guidance about the school curriculum can be found at

If you require additional information about the school's curriculum please speak to your child's class teacher or contact the school office.

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Marcliffe Primary School
Marlcliffe Primary School
Marlcliffe Road
S6 4AJ
Main Contact:Steph Hanson, School Manager