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Our Curriculum

At the Grove we are very proud to have a BRAVE curriculum. 



B Brilliant Minds a school and curriculum which supports positive Social, Emotional and Mental Health for every individual

R Reading – reading and rich texts at the heart of our reading and knowledge curriculum offer

A Amazing Attitudes – a curriculum underpinned by our School and British Values

V Vocabulary – our children will explore the world through words

E Everybody – everybody matters, everybody is included, our differences are celebrated



Aims of our curriculum


Our BRAVE learning curriculum will enable:


  • All children to be successful, knowledgeable individuals who enjoy learning and make progress.

  • Our children to have the words and skills to confidently communicate.

  • Our children to be positive members of their local community and global citizens with cultural capital: knowing how to lead healthy, safe and fulfilling lives. 


Focus for Learning


Our BRAVE learning curriculum will teach:

  • The value of vocabulary and the pleasure of reading.
  • Knowledge that sticks and can be recalled by pupils throughout the their Learning Journeys and into adulthood.
  • Skills that progress across a breadth of subjects and support pupils to be capable learners.
  • Amazing attitudes that hep our children to become individuals who have self-belief, perseverance and acceptance. Children who are resilient, respectful, curious, optimistic, courageous, responsible, honest and compassionate. 






The Grove Curriculum

The school follows the national curriculum as the basis for what we deliver to our pupils. We follow the programmes of study as set out for the end of key stage 1 and 2.


How we deliver the curriculum at The Grove?

At the Grove have a fantastic curriculum which is centered around knowledge and reading. We have specially selected all of the novels, poems and picture books taught across the school as we believe that the right book can open hearts and minds. Every day, all children are read to for thirty minutes. As leaders and teachers, we are passionate about the impact books can have on lives so we focus on classic novels, novels which develop understanding of diversity and contemporary novels which we believe could one day become a classic! 


We strongly believe in the importance of varied vocabulary and the importance in being able to articulate clearly and confidently. Each subject taught has a vocabulary focus and our selected novels, poems  and picture books offer opportunities for challenge and deeper thinking.


Our motto is "Exploring the World Through Words'.


Please click on the relevant tabs below to find out more about individual subjects.


 Outdoor learning is an important element of the work that we do. We have two well designed outdoor classrooms and these are used extensively by the children. One is designed for exploration and discovery with an emphasis on early years. The other is part of our Forest school where children can explore, build dens and learn creatively in an outdoor environment.

We have a number of trips and visits incorporated into our planning. Residential trips are offered to children from Year 2 to Year 6.

There is an emphasis on PE, music and art to enrich the curriculum. Numerous sports events take place and children take part in regular music activities.


If you would like further information regarding the curriculum then please feel free to speak to the class teachers.


Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At The Grove, phonics is taught through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.

The children are taught the skills of blending sounds to read words. They are encouraged to segment the sounds in a word and choose the correct letters needed to spell it.

The children work on the Letters and Sounds Programme from phases 1-6 and are set across the Year groups, according to the phase of Letters and Sounds they are working on.

They receive 20 minutes focussed phonics teaching a day.



At The Grove reading books are banded according to their content.  Pupils are taught reading skills during guided reading lessons, phonics lessons and through cross-curricular activities.  Pupils’ book band levels are checked regularly to ensure they are at the correct level.

Children’s books are changes very regularly , and children have individual reading time with a member of staff as appropriate.

Parents are encouraged to hear their child read and to communicate with the class teacher through their child’s individual reading record.

Did you know that to become a good reader in KS1 most children need to read 600-1000 words a week?




At The Grove we find opportunities to write across the curriculum as much as possible. We write different genres, using different writing tool kits. We make sure writing is engaging for the reader, and has a purpose so we know what we are writing for.