Curriculum Overview

The Minster Juniors’ curriculum has been developed to create children who:

  • Are inspired learners.
  • Are global citizens.
  • Are independent thinkers.
  • Have enquiring minds.
  • Are great friends.

This is the philosophy of how we want to work and learn. 

We believe that children deserve a sequenced, broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to develop a deep understanding of all subjects and the interconnections between them.

The rationale for our curriculum takes the form of 10 big ideas (broad, transferable macro-concepts) that provide a purpose for the aspects, skills, knowledge and contexts chosen to form the substance of the curriculum.

These big ideas form a series of multi-dimensional interconnected threads across our curriculum, allowing children to encounter and revisit their learning through a variety of subject lenses. Over time, these encounters help children to build conceptual frameworks that will enable a better understanding of increasingly sophisticated information and ideas.

Curriculum Rationale

Our Minster Juniors’ curriculum

Here at The Minster Junior School, we provide a sequenced, interconnected, diverse curriculum based around the knowledge rich ‘Curriculum Pro’ projects. Curriculum Pro, from Cornerstones, is a nationally recognised approach which delivers outstanding learning opportunities for all children. 

Projects are mapped out in a termly sequence, with authentic connections made within and between subjects. Our robust framework, is built on the National Curriculum programmes of study, taking the big ideas that are broken down into smaller, subject specific concepts and aspects. It’s then further broken down, to form a robust knowledge and skills framework that underpins our whole curriculum.  

These 10 big ideas thread throughout projects and develop pupils understanding over time, allowing us to teach a coherent, ambitious curriculum that is interconnected to the aims of the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Design


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