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Richard De Clare Community Academy

With a Nursery for 3 to 4 year olds.

Dream Big, Work Hard, Believe and Achieve.


Our Curriculum

At Richard de Clare Community Academy we have a broad and balanced curriculum that is based around our core concepts: 


Dream Big, Work Hard, Believe and Achieve


Objectives covered in our school curriculum come from the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary schools. It prescribes what subjects are taught in school and the standards children should reach at the end of each Key Stage. The National Curriculum can be accessed from the link below.


Primary National Curriculum in England


Our curriculum aims to create a learning environment which also reflects the key principles of The Bridge Academy Trust alongside our individual school's vision:




ENJOY - Our children will have experiences throughout their time at Richard de Clare which are enjoyable and memorable. Children who are happy have a positive attitude towards their learning and will make greater progress.


ENRICH - Our children will have access to a broad curriculum which goes beyond the classroom experience. Trips, residential visits, visitors, sports, music and academic opportunities will all enrich their primary school journey.


ACHIEVE - Our children will be recognised for their achievements both inside and outside school. We know that children who experience success will believe in themselves and will consequently thrive in all areas. We aim for every child to reach their potential and be equipped with the necessary social and academic skills to progress on to the next stage of their lives.


ASPIRE - Our children will be encouraged and supported to have high expectations for themselves. The school has a growth mindset approach to learning and teaches that through hard work and determination anything is possible.


If you would like any further information regarding the curriculum, please contact the school office or your child's class teacher in the first instance.

What does your child learn at school each day? Find further information about what is being taught each term in each subject in your child's year group by accessing our curriculum overview documents below.

Reading and Phonics


Reading is a high priority for all. We use the ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ programme to develop pupils’ phonic and word recognition and show fidelity to this scheme. Reading books are carefully matched to children's growing knowledge and skills until phonics are mastered and fluency is achieved. We use the Project X Phonic books to support this. Children will then move to colour-coded levelled reading books when pupils are ready for this progression. Pupils will bring home books each day and we encourage parents to set aside some time to share these with their child. A home school reading diary supports regular contact between parents and teachers. We aim to encourage an enjoyment of reading and sharing of books to develop positive attitudes towards reading. 

Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795. Registered Office: Community Building, Bridge Academy Trust, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ.

Tel: 01245 202 937