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Curriculum Design

at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School


We currently use the curriculum framework from Coram life, called SCARF, this is supported by a yearly visit from the Life Bus.  SCARF provides the framework for a whole-school approach to improving children’s wellbeing and progress, based on five values:  


SCARF provides a whole-school teaching framework centred on the ‘Growth Mindset’ approach – promoting positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.  The SCARF values are brought to life through stories of Harold the giraffe and his friends, songs, films, and thought-provoking and fun activities.  As children get older, while they still cherish Harold, themes about wellbeing and relationships are explored in greater depth and resources are tailored to their age group. 

SCARF provides a strong foundation for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) and development; it is at the heart of the SCARF curriculum. SCARF provides a robust framework for promoting a positive ethos and values cross the school community, contributing significantly to British Values education, both explicitly and implicitly.

These themes help foster and develop children’s responsibility for their own actions; respect for the actions and beliefs of others; an understanding of how each individual is protected by the rule of law; and how everyone can make a positive contribution to society through the democratic process. These themes have been broken down into six main areas for termly coverage, and are ordered as follows:

  • Me and My Relationships
  • Valuing Difference
  • Keeping Myself Safe
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Being my Best
  • Growing and Changing

Throughout the course of the year the PHSE curriculum is enhanced through participation in whole school awareness days/weeks, e.g. Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week etc.

As a one and a half form entry school, our PSHE curriculum is split into five different sections: Nursery, Reception, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. We also run a two-year cycle of topics (Cycle A and Cycle B) to avoid repetition and meet the needs of our learners, ensuring full and deeper coverage. For each unit of PSHE, we have mapped out what we want children to know and what end points they need to know. These are listed on their Knowledge Organisers. Teachers refer to these continuously throughout the units to enable children to acquire the knowledge and also make links with St Wilfrid’s Character Development. Children are tested on the content at the end of each unit through a half termly quiz, with opportunities at the start of each lesson to retrieve knowledge from previous learning.  

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