Our Curriculum

UK Democratic Values

The Carlton Junior Academy provides opportunities to prepare pupils for their future as young citizens. We promote fundamental British values and an inherent understanding of what it means to be British. We adhere to the definition of British Values as outlined in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and then reinforced in 2014.

We promote British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which is embedded throughout our curriculum. Furthermore, these values and appropriate behaviours are modelled by staff and regularly discussed with children during school assemblies, Religious Education and PSHE. This creates a positive, nurturing and challenging ethos in which we can all learn together.


Children will have many experiences that allow them to practise their democratic understanding e.g. voting for school councillors each year and voting for charities for which the academy will raise funds.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether it is those that govern the class, the academy, or the country, are consistently reinforced – including when dealing with behaviour and in
assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. This occurs through our online safety and PSHE lessons.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the academy community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

The Carlton Junior Academy is increasingly culturally diverse. We place a great emphasis on promoting diversity. Collective Worship assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our teaching in RE, PSHE and Relationships Education reinforces this. Any stakeholders of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning across the academy.
We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views and work closely with the NCC’s
TETC team.

English, Maths and Science are very important and are considered the core subjects in both primary and secondary education. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week.  That said, the other foundation subjects play a key part in providing a broad  and balanced curriculum. The foundation subjects are: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. All eight of these subjects are a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. For these foundation subjects, the details in the curriculum are significantly briefer: schools have much more flexibility regarding what they cover in these subjects. In addition, all schools are required to include Religious Education and Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
and Health Education in their broader curriculum, although the content of this is agreed locally.

You can find out more information on the  National Curriculum by visiting this link.

Click here for the Primary National Curriculum.

The following is a useful guide for parents on the National Curriculum.

Parents’ Complete Guide

The next document presents an outline of the content of the  National Curriculum. Core subjects (English, Maths & Science) are presented in a year-by-year format, based on the outlines given in the National Curriculum.


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