At Kniveton primary our curriculum is broad and balanced. It complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects, preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in Modern Britain.

We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


We promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.


At Kniveton Primary we include a balanced approach to our pupils’ R.E. that is Christian but, where required, takes account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Britain. It includes a rounded programme of assemblies that help to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, providing clear guidance on what is right and what is wrong.



Our Foundation children follow the curriculum and stages of progression in the Development Matters document provided by Derbyshire. This includes all aspects of the EYFS profile.
They spend some time in child initiated activities and some in adult led ones.
The EYFS pupils spend some time with their allocated Teaching Assistant and some of the day with their class teacher, Mrs.Cartlidge. They may be working in the main classroom or in the newly created Learning area which backs onto the sculpture Garden which they use for their outdoor learning.

All other years follow the national Curriculum.

eleanor workingMathematics:
In Maths children learn to work independently and accurately in number, shape , space and measures and handling data.
There are numerous opportunities for pupils to use the skills and concepts they have learnt in problem solving activities especially involving real life situations.

They carry our practical activities involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Working out is encouraged to be recorded in informal and , later, formal ways.
Mental Maths skills are practiced regularly.

Our children develop skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing. We teach them how to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and how to effectively and confidently communicate with others.

We use a wide variety of reading schemes to develop our children’s reading skills; our main one is the Oxford Reading Scheme.

All our teachers read a selection of books to the children. The children who are confident readers themselves have a wide choice of fiction books to choose from which are colour coded according to levels of difficulty. We encourage our pupils to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, drama, poetry and non-fiction books and well as media books.


In Geography our children develop knowledge of their local area, areas within the United Kingdom, Countries in Europe and outside Europe, particularly our link partner schools in Gambia and Sri Lanka, North and South America and France.

DSC_1626We do visits to Carsington Reservoir once a term and carry our field work in the local area.
They develop their Geography skills using a wide variety of maps, aerial perspectives, plans, atlases and globes.

A lot of our Geography work may be delivered in a cross curricular way within other subjects.

In History our children learn about significant people and events in English History in the recent past and from further back in History. They also learn about Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egypt.
They ask questions about how life has changed and similarities and differences between eras in the past and now.
They use a wide variety of sources to help them develop their knowledge. We have people in to share their experiences of life with the children.

The teaching of music develops our children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music from the past to modern day. They learn about composers from different eras.
They are actively involved in individual and communal music making and develop a sense of togetherness, self discipline and fulfillment. The pupils learn about music from different cultures.
There are opportunities for the children to learn the recorder, join our singing group and play the keyboard or guitar.

joe halo !!Art and Design:
Art is taught as a separate subject focusing on the Art skills, although there may be times when the content links to cross curricular areas. Our children develop their creativity in sculpture, painting, collage, drawing, observational work and textiles. They learn to evaluate their own and other’s work and to appreciate the work of a variety of artists, architects and designers.

Design and Technology:
Design and Technology teaches children to look at a problem and respond to the need by combining practical skills with a planning, making and evaluating their work. They consider restraints and the overall finished product. We include opportunities to work with food.

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Religious Education:

We use the Derbyshire Agreed R.E. syllabus to deliver our R.E. work. As a Church of England school our main emphasis is on Christianity but we learn about other major religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. We aim to develop our children’s knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices. We have a planned cycle of visits which enables the pupils to deepen their understanding of places of worship such as visiting the Hindu Temple in Derby.

Physical Education:
P.E. offers our children opportunities to develop a range of basic skills, co-ordination, tactical awareness, creativity and stamina as well as understanding the physical effects of exercise on our bodies. We use the Village Hall and all our outdoor areas to deliver our P.E. curriculum. We use Dance coaches from our local secondary school, QEGs , as well as Athletic , football , golf, cricket and tennis coaches. All children are encouraged to be part of school teams to play in local cluster events. 

Kniveton Primary receives a Budget allocation of  1088 pounds for SEN in their yearly Budget allocation from the Authority.

Our Science curriculum stimulates and excites children about the world around them. We carry our practical experiments to stimulate the children’s curiosity and deepen their scientific knowledge. Through Science pupils can understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technology change. They learn to question and discuss elements of Science and consider the impact of science on the future of the world.

All our children learn French, from Foundation. We use two outside language teachers. The children learn how to converse in French and then, at the appropriate age, how to read and write in this language. Our Year 5/ 6 class also have opportunities to learn Spanish .

ICT is embedded in all the work we do in school. It is often taught in other subject areas as well as in the distinct computing lessons. We aim to equip our children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners. Pupils also learn about the issue of E-safety.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education:
We aim to encourage our children to have the knowledge , skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives and to become active, informed and responsible citizens. We have Healthy Schools awards , Active mark and participate in the Change for Life initiative.

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