Curriculum Intent

Creating Confidence, Empowering Excellence, Igniting Independence


Curriculum Intent Statement - 2020


The Governors and staff at Portobello Primary School aim to provide an inclusive education that celebrates diversity, promotes respect, broadens horizons and aspirations and prepares our pupils to become successful, independent and motivated learners. We believe that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution, not only to their community, but to the modern British society and the wider world. Our curriculum is designed to tackle prejudice and discrimination and encourages everyone to challenge stereotypes and promote equity.


Our aims are based on core values which underpin everything we do at Portobello; RESPECT, RESILIENCE, RESPONSIBILITY and EMPATHY are embedded within our school community and enable us to create a welcoming atmosphere and a positive, respectful, healthy learning environment in school.  Our key values are also shared through our ‘Learning Powers’ which help children to focus on positive behaviours for learning. Our ‘Learning Powers’ are; Enjoy Learning, Never Give Up, Be Curious, Have a Go, Keep Improving, Concentration, Co-operation and Imagination. All adults use and promote our ‘Learning Powers’ through positive reinforcement and the promotion of ‘Growth Mindset’ in the classroom and across the school.  


We have an inclusive approach which recognises the needs and strengths of all our individual pupils and our curriculum reflects this diversity. The adults at Portobello enable and facilitate accelerated progress, high expectations and standards. We aim for all learners to enjoy their education and make exceptional progress in all areas of learning. Those who are most able are challenged further in their learning through depth and mastery approaches and those who require it, are given additional support and targeted intervention to embed skills and fully develop their own potential. We ensure this quality provision for all by providing support and adapting teaching approaches to suit children’s needs in a style that best suits the individual.


We provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging, innovative and inspirational. We feel that in order to learn well, our pupils need to develop a ‘growth mind-set’, they need positive mental health and well-being, as well as a healthy body in order to achieve successful learning outcomes and maximise potential. Our curriculum is one which focuses on developing confidence and self-esteem of pupils, ensuring they have a desire to learn and develop positive attitudes towards school. There is also a strong emphasis on healthy living and the mental and physical benefits of exercise. We are proud of our achievements in promoting healthy living at Portobello Primary School.


Our Curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable life skills. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning. We recognise that our pupils need to grow as individuals and as members of our community, to develop their sense of identity, their self-value and aspirations for their own future and for the future of their community and beyond. To further support this development, children are encouraged to take up the additional challenges we offer such as; representing the school, attending the wide and diverse variety of afterschool clubs we offer, helping with lunchtime routines and standing as a member on our School Council.


Curriculum subjects are planned to ensure progression of knowledge and skills across the whole school. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of all children are met with high quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way, it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Inspirational teaching which ignites curiosity, creates motivation to learn, and generates excitement promotes achievement, confidence and success. High expectations of behaviours for learning are established and relationships developed to promote positive learning environments for all.