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The STAR MAT curriculum aims to:

  • secure a consistent entitlement for all pupils in all areas of learning and to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfilment and development as active and lifelong learners.
  • recognise the established standards of the EYFS Statutory Framework and National Curriculum and the expectations for learning and attainment made explicit to all stakeholders, which establishes national standards for the performance of all pupils in the subjects it includes.
  • promote consistency and continuity of expectations in order to facilitate the transition of pupils between schools and phases of education and providing a foundation for future life, whilst offering opportunities for schools to deliver rich and broad content reflecting their uniqueness, widening pupils’ horizons and enabling them to flourish.


STARMAT Curriculum Principles

The curriculum in our school and that of other STARMAT schools is designed to help children become well-rounded individuals who have had opportunities to develop:


To become:

Physically and mentally healthy

Informed risk takers, confident problem solvers and critical thinkers

Articulate communicators 

Reflective, resilient and able to self-regulate and take personal responsibility


To become:

Tolerant and respectful of others; able to appreciate and celebrate diversity and difference

Responsible, aware and engaged citizens: locally, nationally and globally

Able to develop appropriate, positive and successful relationships with others


An entitlement to:

Develop essential literacy skills, mathematical fluency, and become digitally literate

Be taught a broad, rich and age appropriate programme of study in every subject

Accessing stimulating learning opportunities that are relevant, bespoke and appropriate to them both within and beyond the ‘classroom’

Opportunities to take part in sport, performance and other creative activities to develop their talents and widen their aspirations

Feel prepared for the next stage in their education or career.


At Saxton School we teach a rich and broad curriculum to our children. You can find out more about the essential body of knowledge and skills in our curriculum from the drop-down menu.

We ensure that all our teaching is underpinned by our Church of England foundation and the promotion of core British values.


Promoting Fundamental British Values

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

Citizens of the UK are encouraged to:

  • Respect and obey the law
  • Respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
  • Treat others with fairness
  • Look after yourself and your family
  • Look after the area in which you live and the environment

At Saxton CE Primary we believe that our school rules, which are lived daily through our ethos and values, as well as our enriching curriculum and extra-curricular activities, fully support these fundamental British Values.

We are committed to promoting these in the following ways:


Democracy is rife within our school. Pupil voice, as well as parent/carer voice, plays a central part in developing school improvement priorities. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council and Pupil questionnaires.

The school is clear in demonstrating how pupils should contribute and co-operate and consider the views and needs of others. The School Council meets regularly and takes part in decision making on a range of topics. These topics are then discussed at ‘Council Question Time’ which is a special assembly that allows children to once again voice their views and opinions.

The Rule of Law:

All staff members have high expectations of the children in our school. The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school assemblies and Collective Worship. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws – that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. Assemblies and discussions in class focus on recognising right from wrong. The children in Sycamore and Maple Classes discuss many moral issues throughout their PSHE and Citizenship lessons and extra-curricular clubs and this enables them to develop their understanding of the rules of the law.

Individual Liberty:

Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and enriching curriculum.  E-safety lessons enable the children to make choices in a safe manner.

Mutual Respect:

At Saxton CE Primary School our Christian values of respect and tolerance permeate all areas of school life. This engenders a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and facilitates the fulfillment of potential. All members of staff demonstrate respect to everyone with whom they come into contact. They consistently model and promote the behaviours and attitudes that are the foundation of positive relationships. The strong school ethos of “Individual Colours, Together a Rainbow” encourages everyone to consider and support each other and to celebrate the worth and individuality of every member of the school community. Discussions in class and during whole school assemblies as well as issues that are promoted during collective worship, allow the children to show respect and reverence to all other individuals.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

As a Christian community, pupils are reminded of their place in a culturally diverse society. This is achieved through our Religious Education curriculum and the spiritual life of the school. Assemblies and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. Members of different faiths or religions are being invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning in school. Each class spends time studying another country which allows them to compare and contrast cultures whilst respecting other faiths and beliefs. This work is also embedded in the many other curriculum areas which are studied throughout the year. We also often use opportunities such as the Olympics/World cup to study other cultures.

We are hoping to become actively involved in supporting a ‘partner school’ in Ghana through links with our church.