Curriculum

  1. Curriculum Intent

Children’s learning is the central purpose of everything connected with the Curriculum.  Helping children learn – academically, socially, spiritually, morally, emotionally and physically – is the only real purpose of schools.  

1.2 Mission & Vision Statement

In September 2020 the Governing Body set a new 3 year strategic  plan.  Our core mission was defined as “Inspiring a generation to learn, flourish and achieve in a caring, Christian community.”

Our Vision for children is:

For every unique and precious child at our school, we will:

  • Protect and nurture pupil wellbeing 
  • Inspire all pupils to achieve their potential and be well-prepared for the next stage of their education. 
  • Immerse pupils in a compelling and well-taught curriculum; to develop critical thinking, a rich vocabulary and a love of learning. 
  • Guide and prepare pupils for their future as global and compassionate citizens. 

1.3 Curriculum Values

We are a values-centred school, which means that our values inform our school policies, curriculum planning and our day to day interactions and decision-making.

1.3 a) Core Values & British Values

At the Priory Primary School, we recognise that our core values of love, respect, forgiveness and aspiration shape and inspire our curriculum.  We want to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.  We want to respect other people’s ideas and culture.  We want to learn from our mistakes and continually improve without fear.  Our values are given their Christian distinctiveness by being rooted in the life and teaching of Jesus.  We want to be known for high standards.  

Therefore alongside promoting fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance, our broad, balanced and compelling curriculum seeks to foster ‘character’ as well as ability.

“We want to educate the heart as well as the mind.” Heartsmart founder, Dave Hill

1.3 b) Learning Values

The school is keen to develop lifelong learning skills in pupils and has chosen 6 key learning behaviours or values which will support the children in becoming successful learners. 

Ruby Resilience (bubble fish) – resilience and perseverance ‘I can’t do it…yet’ 

Ralph the Risk taker (lion) – risk taking and courage 

Team Bee – collaboration and teamwork ‘Together we can…’ 

Sparky the unicorn – creativity

Dot the Dolphin – communication

Winston the Wise Owl – problem solving

1.4 Pupil Outcomes

Underpinned by our strong values and in line with our vision, we have identified 9 outstanding outcomes which, if achieved, will ensure children develop academically, socially, personally and spiritually.  These aims are at the heart of our curriculum design.

  • A lifelong learner
  • A compassionate neighbour (locally and globally)
  • An avid reader and keen storyteller
  • A resilient problem solver
  • Head, Heart and Body Smart
  • Ready, Respectful and Safe
  • Foundations for Life (knowledge, skills and understanding)
  • Confident (when working independently or as a team)
  • Happy
  1. Curriculum Design

‘I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10 

2.1 National Curriculum

The Priory School follows the sequencing and progression of the National Curriculum 2016. School lesson planning takes into account end of year expectations in the National Curriculum which clearly define what children should be capable of for their age. 

These end of year expectations consist of key concepts, key areas of knowledge and skills in different subjects.  The school has mapped this content out in the following documents:

  • Year Group Curriculum Maps – overview of curriculum content by year
  • Subject Overviews – overview of subject specific content year by year

  • Subject progression of skills & knowledge – overview of the core skills, knowledge & language* development across the school within each subject
  • Subject Guidelines – the intent, implementation and impact relating to each National Curriculum subject