The Intent of St Leonard’s Curriculum

As well as being underpinned by our Christian and British Values we also want our children to develop and demonstrate an understanding of the following:

These eight drivers will be explicitly referenced through our curriculum. The children will develop their ability to be resilient, to persevere, to be tolerant and respectful. They will understand the importance of community and their place in ensuring that communities live in harmony. Our children will also develop into enquiring learners with a sense of legacy.


Our intent is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We aim that each child will:

  • read fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; to be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • be competent in the art of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

We teach synthetic phonics and use ReadWrite Inc as our primary scheme. For help with pronouncing the sounds please follow the link below

The children at St Leonard’s do not follow a specific Reading scheme but have the opportunity to read a range of books and genres.


Our intent is that each child will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and develop conceptual understanding. We nurture the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Our aim is that each child will be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with a systematic approach.


Our intent is to develop the scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding for each child. Through different types of scientific enquiries, we will develop each child’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. We want our children to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.


Our intent is that that our children will understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. We want them to be able to analyse problems in computational terms, evaluate and apply information technology. They will be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. They will have a sound understanding of E-Safety.


Through our curriculum we intend to ensure that all pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and develop habits which will encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.

Design and Technology

Our intent is that our children will be able to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. We want them to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make prototypes and products for a wide range of users. They will be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. The children will be able to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Our intent is for our children to develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, be able to define physical and human characteristics and know how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. We want our children to understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about change over time.


Our curriculum has been designed with the intent to help remember the long term content whilst integrating new knowledge. We want our children to know and understand history as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.


Our intent is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils with a curriculum design that centres around high-quality art and design and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.


Our intent is for our children to be able to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing, communicating what they want to say and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.


Our intent is to provide opportunities for our pupils to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. We want them to learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. We want them to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

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