Executive Head: Dame Naila Zaffar
Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD
Phone: 01274 221400
Email: info@rainbowschools.org.uk


A Curriculum for the Future

At Rainbow Primary School, we recognise the challenges and opportunities our diverse range of children might face and experience as they grow to be responsible adults within their communities. We believe it to be our mission to equip all Rainbow pupils with the academic and character skills they need to excel in a world that is constantly changing. It is therefore imperative that we offer children a curriculum, which is rich in knowledge, understanding (including vocabulary) and transferable skills to be the best they can be. We believe that to be effective, the curriculum must be purposeful, engaging, active and connected.

The curriculum must:

  • Have a starting point, which builds upon what children already know, understand or are able to do.
  • Enable children to know more than they did before, giving them opportunities to make connections.
  • Enable our children to use their growing knowledge and skills to ‘SPARKLE’: (Self-belief, Perseverance, Achievement, Respect, Kindness, Love of Learning, Equality)
  • Inspire and motivate children to take an active part in their learning.
  • Enable all children to achieve, taking every possible step to overcome barriers to learning.

Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that learning is sequential and progressive. Teachers plan lessons that are engaging, exciting and interesting, building upon pupils’ previous knowledge. These lessons are delivered using a variety of approaches and resources, reflecting the needs of our pupils and the nature of the lesson. Where appropriate, learning will be supported by experiences available in the local and regional area. This enables pupils to know more and remember more, whilst making connections to previous learning and enabling them to make future connections when they develop new knowledge.

In their first year in school, our Reception children follow the Early Years Curriculum and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through a combination of both play-based learning and more focused teacher led sessions. Pupils learn to share, work independently and play with others.

In KS1 and KS2, children are taught in classes, small groups or individually, according to their needs, within the framework of the National Curriculum.

At Rainbow, we are keen to embrace diversity, celebrate differences and promote respect for all. Our curriculum includes whole school themed days to celebrate different cultures and religious celebration days such as Eid, Diwali and Christmas to reflect the context of the school and our local community. In addition to this, we celebrate World Book day, World Maths day, World Science week and Healthy Lifestyles Week.

Through our teaching, learning and behavioural expectations, we give pupils the knowledge and understanding of how discriminative and prejudiced behaviour is dealt with, including the prevention of bullying. At Rainbow, we celebrate anti bullying week, stand up to bullying day and Black history month.

We aim to provide our children with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life. This capital is introduced through visits e.g. Skipton, Bolton Abbey, Bradford city centre attractions, Media Museum, Cartwright Hall, Bolling Hall, and local religious settings. Special events such as music festivals and performances, sports day and visits from athletes, drama sessions and visits to the theatre further enhance our curriculum.

Monitoring, evaluation and formative assessment is used to ensure that our children are making good progress and that learning is following the coherent learning sequences. Any identified gaps are addressed to ensure that children make rapid progress to catch up with their peers. Through our monitoring, we check that children know more, remember more and are applying their skills and knowledge to a range of different contexts, including other areas of the curriculum.

We believe our curriculum will inspire children to find out more about the world around them. Our curriculum aims to prepare children for their secondary education and learning for their future. We are always seeking to innovate, to maintain high standards and provide the best in primary school practice.

Curriculum Drivers

At Rainbow Primary School, we aim to ensure that our children receive a School Curriculum that is designed to broaden their horizons and extend the boundaries of their lives. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We believe that our children deserve to learn more than that published in the National Curriculum. We have worked to ensure the curriculum we offer is enriched and personalised to our children and that it prioritises the things we want our children to experience during their time with us.

Based on the needs of our children we have identified 4 drivers to underpin our curriculum.

These are:

  • Diversity
  • Language & Oracy
  • Well-being
  • Enrichment

We use these ‘drivers’ to underpin the work we undertake in all areas of school life.



Rainbow Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil both inside and outside of the school premises.

Rainbow Primary School implements a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken. We expect all staff, Trust, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a safe environment.

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Safeguarding Leads

Contact Us

Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD

Phone: 01274 221400 Email: info@rainbowschools.org.uk

Our office staff taking calls are: Miss Thommis-Newberry, Mrs Sumera Qayyum and Mr Rauf
Arshad Javed – CEO | Dame Naila Zaffar – Executive Head | (BCL Consultancy Limited) Andrew Kenure – SEND
Asmi Darr – Chairperson  –  chairperson@rainbowschools.org.uk or
by post C/O Rainbow Primary School, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0HD