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Curriculum Drivers


Our drivers are elements that are central to our school vision and ethos. They help to drive and shape the curriculum and are incorporated across all subjects and themes. Our curriculum is underpinned by eight key themes which we call our ‘drivers’. These determine the direction and development of the work that we undertake in all areas of school life, ensuring that we offer a curriculum that it is enriched and personalised in order to meet the interests and ambitions of our children.

Our curriculum drivers are factors that we value as a school, we call them…

Our starfish values.




Sportsmanship is the combination of so many positive qualities such as respect, responsibility, discipline, self-awareness, self-control, humility, accountability and gratitude. Our children will have a positive attitude and give their best effort, working as a team both in and out of the classroom.


Tolerance means we use our knowledge and understanding of the world to build a variety of meaningful relationships that are free from discrimination and exclusion. We show respect for ourselves and others within and across communities. Our children will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.  


Appreciation means the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. This includes noticing – recognizing the things you have to be grateful for, thinking – thinking about why you’ve been given those things, feeling – the emotions you experience as a result of the things you’ve been given and doing – the way you express appreciation. Our children will say thank you and pass kindness on.  It feels so good when people do things for us, the best way to show someone how much you appreciate them is to do something for them as well.


Resilience means having the skills and resources to deal with challenges and barriers. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. It has to do with your emotional strength.

Our children will develop the emotional and physical security needed to become resilient individuals who are able to take risks and deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world by thinking positively and having the confidence to ‘have a go’.


Children (and adults) are at their happiest and most confident when amongst friends. Friendship can mean different things to different people. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some are older, some are younger, some are always there, some we only see occasionally. Things we consider when thinking about our value of friendship - What makes a good friend? How do we choose our friends? Are we a good friend to others? Our children will know that friendships make you feel good. They will support each other, listen, show kindness and be trustworthy.


Integrity means to uphold honesty and differentiate between what is right and wrong. Integrity means following your moral convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching. A person with integrity is truthful, honest, caring and genuine, dependable and worthy of trust and respect. Integrity keeps commitments. Our children will have a strong sense of self, respect others, their beliefs and their skills. They will have inner strength, strong morals and always be there to lend a helping hand.


Being sensitive means the ability to be kind, caring, able to pick up on the feelings of others, and be aware of their needs and behaving in a way that helps them feel good. Being sensitive is a good thing, it helps you to be able to respond to the environment and people. Our children will have sensitivity to others and have understanding of others feelings, this will lead into self-esteem and confidence in what they can achieve.


Helpfulness means the quality of giving or being ready to give help. Helpfulness and kindness are powerful tools for nurturing the well-being of everyone. This curriculum driver is all about raising children’s self-esteem and celebrating all the good things that they do, inside and outside school. Our children will be helpful to others inside and outside of the classroom and treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

Cultural capital

Our starfish values lead into cultural capital. Building cultural capital means exposing our pupils to a variety of learning experiences and promoting character-building qualities. This practice supports the development of a well-rounded, global citizen, who appreciates and celebrates diversity. Through engendering an appreciation of human creativity and achievement, we support our pupils to be curious and creative learners who can talk confidently about their aspirations and goals.


RSE and Health Education


At Boughton Leigh Infant School we have introduced 'Jigsaw- the mindful approach to PSHE'. Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive scheme of work for the whole School from Nursery through to Year 2 helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world. We value the importance of Relationships and Sex Education Guidance and RSE helps pupils understand the difference between safe and unsafe relationships. For more information about what is covered within this programme please follow the link below to our PSHE Policy.




At Boughton Leigh Infant School all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in the class, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENCo. We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Additional information on this can be found by following the links below:

If you would like any further information about the school curriculum please speak to your child's class teacher.