Our Rainbow Curriculum

Introduction to the Rainbow Curriculum.

The Rainbow Curriculum has been designed by Parish C of E to provide a bespoke, unique and exciting curriculum that ensures our pupils both achieve and aspire highly. We achieve this by providing a quality education that is inclusive and equips pupils for lifelong learning. Within this, we do place an important emphasis on English and Mathematics; however, we also maintain a broad and balanced approach and use a wide variety of resources to help us to deliver our offer (including visits, visitors and specialist teachers). We believe that it is important that the children's experiences are wide, particularly in the area of Arts, Culture and PHSE.


What is the Rainbow Curriculum?

The Rainbow Curriculum is both a knowledge and skills based curriculum based on a pedagogical approach. This ensures that our children are presented with the best opportunities in life. Through our curriculum offer we set high expectations for each and every child and we are relentless in our commitment to overcoming barriers and to developing children who are self-motivated in their pursuit of learning. With this in mind, our learning focus is almost entirely based on developing pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding; attributes which our pupils can then take to their secondary education and beyond.  



The purpose of our Rainbow curriculum is to ensure that our children are successful in life and learning no matter what their starting points and barriers to learning may be.


What does the Rainbow Curriculum look like?

English, Maths, Design and Technology, Music, MFL (French), Computing, PHSE, PE and RE are taught discretely in line with our aims and principles however cross curricular links are explicit, ensuring that pupils are able to make connections with the real world.

Science, Geography and History are taught through our ‘learning challenges’. Learning challenges are centred around key questions to be examined and begin with an inspiring ‘wow experience’.  All our challenges have been tailored by staff to include progressive key skills, key knowledge expectations and ‘vital vocabulary’ links. When appropriate and realistic, cross-curricular links are also made with other subjects.

Art and Design is centred upon the development of key skills encompassing artists, designers and architects. In addition, children study and reflect upon the contribution of British artists and designers on our culture and society.



Encourage Resilience and perseverance

Develop     Articulate learners

                   Influence aspirations

                   Nurture curiosity

Instil           British and Christian Values

Provide      Opportunities to develop necessary skills

Promote    Wellbeing and Health


The Curriculum document below gives more detailed information about our offer. We have also provided more in depth information into some of our curriculum areas (English, Phonics/Read, Write, Inc., RE, Maths and Computing) and further information specific to other curriculum areas can be obtained by contacting the school. In addition to this, please explore the curriculum for each year group in the documents provided on the 'Curriculum by Year' page.


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