Our Curriculum

Our school, our curriculum

Our aim at Shocklach is to enable everyone to flourish and to ‘aim high in our hearts and minds’. Our broad and balanced curriculum is driven by our school vision in the context of an enabling culture and ethos founded on our Christian values and ethos. It is built on the principles of:

  • Inclusivity: accessible for all, to support children to develop as successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens
  • Excellence – through support and challenge, children will overcome barriers to pursue excellence in all they do.
  • Ambition – takes into account the context of our school within a local, national and global perspective

Through our broad and balanced curriculum we aim to:

  • Strive for a curriculum that is accessible to all and develops the whole child. It nurtures spirituality, curiosity, creativity and enjoyment, enabling children to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners;
  • Foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with others; showing respect for all cultures and, in so doing, to promote positive attitudes towards other people;
  • Challenge and support children through high quality teaching and learning to enable them to be the best that they can be. A wide range of learning opportunities promotes children’s love of learning and intrinsically motivates them to succeed. Our lessons challenge, support and enable children to overcome barriers and encourages a lifelong love of learning
  • Help children grow into responsible citizens who take a keen interest in current affairs. They will take action when faced with inequalities and injustice and be valued for who they are as aspirational and ambitious individuals.

Our children are taught to understand that learning is a lifelong skill; one that makes a difference to their lives now and in the future. Ensuring that our children are active and involved in their learning, enables them to achieve to their highest potential in all aspects of their education.

Our Christian Ethos

As a Church of England school, we have strong links with the local Church – St Edith’s– where we visit for special services and learning opportunities. Our Christian ethos also runs through all areas of our curriculum and our daily Collective Worship allows time for reflection on each week’s theme, local and global current affairs and the British Values we uphold.


All children participate in a range of sporting, creative and musical activities. In addition to our wide-ranging curriculum lessons, we offer a variety of after school clubs to broaden their skills and enjoyment such as sports clubs, Forest school club and Book club. We offer extra-curricular sporting opportunities through our engagement in the inter-school competitions. External music providers, Music for life and Edsential, visit school weekly to provide additional music lessons in piano, guitar, Ukulele and string instruments.

Our pupils also take part in outdoor activities and relish all outdoor learning opportunities. The whole school access our fantastic Forest School area weekly, with our younger children accessing the woodland daily. All children take part in ‘the daily mile’ to improve their fitness and mental health and children in year 1 upwards take part in residential visits.

All year groups have at least one educational visit a term or invite a special visitor in to extend their learning, as well as to have fun and to take part in enriching experiences. These enrichment activities cover the full range of curriculum areas for example visiting Xplore! Science Discovery Centre in Wrexham, Museums and Art galleries in Liverpool plus local visits to Chester and it’s beautiful Cathedral.

Further Information

Our curriculum documents for each subject give detail of intent, implementation and impact of each subject, plus the progression documents show what each child is expected to learn in each year group. The overviews of the curriculum show what is taught when and our enrichment documents show how we go over and above to make learning exciting. Please take a look at our subject specific pages for more depth information about each subject.

A link to the new national curriculum, which all maintained schools have to follow from September 2014 can be found here.