Our INSPIRE Curriculum


The INSPIRE Curriculum Statement

Aspirational Progressions


At Katherine Semar Schools we want each and every child to reach their full potential. To ensure everyone achieves the very best they can, in every area of the curriculum, we have developed aspirational progression maps which show both the disciplinary and substantive knowledge needed in each subject.


We have considered what makes the teaching and learning in each subject outstanding and incorporated this into our progression documents. We have also incorporated the history and geography of our local area. We believe our curriculum is relevant to our children and as a result our children make outstanding progress right across the curriculum.


Engaging Contexts, Topics and Enrichment

Children meet their full potential when they are engaged, motivated and inspired to learn. To achieve this for all pupils we have embedded our progressions in a vast range of child-centred topics and learning contexts. Each half term starts with a topic launch to engage the children and act as a knowledge harvest to inform planning and teaching. Launches include being stranded in a forest, discovering a mysterious vehicle crash on the school field and being visited by a WWII evacuee who stayed on the school site. Mantle of the Expert and Philosophy for Children are other exciting teaching strategies that we incorporate into our curriculum to further engage and inspire our learners. To further bring learning to life, each class experiences a wide range of enrichment opportunities including day and residential trips, forest school, visitors and workshops.

Language development is central to our curriculum; it is a text-rich, language-rich, word-rich curriculum.

The school has a literature spine which has been designed to ensure all children enjoy and learn from the highest quality texts, including poetry. They are the books we believe no child should leave primary school without experiencing. They drive our curriculum, enhance our wider curriculum and fuel our children’s love of reading.

We directly teach children to use language and oracy plays a central role in our curriculum. Children need to understand how to speak and listen effectively but they also need the vocabulary to articulate what they want to say. To support this our school has a vocabulary spine which encompasses all areas of the curriculum.


We use Katherine Semar Letters and Sounds programme with fidelity and believe it provides an effective systematic phonics progression.  Our teaching of phonics is focused on empowering children as young readers and writers and thus phonics teaching and learning should be a highly positive and successful process for all.  To achieve this, we ensure lessons are engaging, purposeful and interactive.   

Each child in Early Years and Key Stage 1 has a daily discrete twenty minute phonics session but more importantly phonics is embedded in our wider curriculum in both guided and independent learning opportunities.


We have created a broad and rich language curriculum that immerses children in a world of books and reading, develops a broad range of comprehension strategies and develops fluent decoding of text.

Our reading books are carefully organised to support children in quickly acquiring fluent independent decoding skills. This begins with children reading phonetically decodeable texts linked closely to our phonics programme

Bug Club Phonic books are at the core of our phonetically decodable book collection. Children read these books in school as part of our partnered reading programme and have access to the text at home via the Bug Club online platform.

Our provision is supplemented by other schemes e.g. Big Cat Phonics, allowing children to have individual reading books to read at home and school.  All books have been carefully ordered to ensure they link to the sequence of learning in our phonics programme.

Once the children are secure with phonics, we gradually introduce more complex and irregular word structures which require a broader range of reading knowledge and skills.

E Readers – Active Learn/Bug Club

Pupils at Katherine Semar Schools have their own username and password to access the bug club books online. Children can choose which books to read and complete challenges online to earn pieces of a rocket or castle as a reward.

Additional Information

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum then please call into the infant or junior school offices. Additional information about the National Curriculum can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum.