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Curriculum overview

Our curriculum captures the enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge of all the children at Otford. We recognise here that many of our children experience a high level of support from families through enriched activities outside of school. Our vision is to ensure that all this is built upon so that all the children are inspired to learn more!


Our curriculum intent is underpinned by our core values or kindness, courage and curiosity and it offers what we believe an Otford child needs to feel confident and be successful in the wider world.





  1. Valuing others
  2. Respect for beliefs
  3. Empathy
  4. Developing relationships
  5. Collaboration
  6. Equality
  1. Self-motivated in their learning and thinking
  2. Group-directed challenges
  3. Real-life problem solving
  4. Experiences – managing and adapting to different situations
  5. Independence
  6. Responsibility
  1. Focus outwards – class, school, wider community
  2. Real-life problem solving with a global/community link
  3. Open opportunities to choose a problem to solve


We have developed our curriculum to incorporate this intent through daily lessons but also alongside specialist teachers in the areas of Forest School, Music, Sports and Art.  Children are encouraged to develop skills such as resilience and resourcefulness to enable them to become a lifelong learner!  We aim to ensure that the children are very firmly in charge of their own learning and can reflect on prior learning to make the next step with a level of independence. We aim to offer all children something which sparks creativity and a deep interest outside of the more traditional academic subject areas, whilst still ensuring all children are able to also exceed within these subject areas. 


Every term a class embarks upon a Learning Journey which has been planned with the Otford Curriculum Intent at the very heart. This is to ensure that the curriculum is moulded to enrich the learning experiences of our children at Otford.  Within these Learning Journeys meaningful and purposeful cross curricular links are made to further develop core subject skills.  Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, working in partnership with teachers and each other, to promote positive experiences which challenge and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.  Our aim is for all children to challenge and reason their learning and consider how this may impact on them today and in their futures!


Please do take a look at our 'Class Pages' and the school newsletters to see this learning in action! If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.