Curriculum Overview

Children’s learning is the central purpose of everything connected with the Curriculum.  Helping children learn – academically, socially, spiritually, morally, emotionally, and physically – is our core purpose.  We believe authentic relationships and high expectations are the key to our rapidly improving school.

‘Inspiring all to learn, flourish and achieve’

At the Priory Church of England Primary School we aim to provide our pupils with a curriculum that is compelling, sequenced and relevant.  We aim to provide an inspiring curriculum which provides children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals.  Alongside the need to prepare children for national curriculum tests, we also value and give time to the Arts, Sport, Science, Computing and the full range of other subjects.

We are developing a curriculum for the Priory School, which covers the National Curriculum programmes of study, but is also unique to our setting and the needs of our children.  You can download the DfE National Curriculum 2014 from the link below:

Curriculum Intent

At our School Conference in January 2019, we shared our Curriculum design and intent.  We revisited this in September 2020 and we want to further develop this model by thinking about the main pillars or themes across the curriculum.

We are passionate about sharing the best of what has been thought, written and said; about becoming a good global neighbour and challenging stereotypes; about saving our precious planet for future generations and helping this generation to achieve their dreams!

During the pandemic, some key themes are emerged as being especially significant/important for our school community.  

  • Global School (international mindedness)
  • Inclusive School (valuing ourselves and celebrating differences)
  • Eco School (environmental awareness)
  • Coastal School (recognising our unique location on the edge of the New Forest, in historic Christchurch and by the sea)
  • Church School
  • Healthy School (social, emotional, physical and mental health)

As part of our 2021-22 School Development Plan, we will be working on developing these key pillars of our curriculum.

Curriculum Headlines (whole school view)

Curriculum Maps for each class

Our Curriculum Maps for 2021 -22 are available to download below. Please note these are ‘live’ documents and we are continually improving them.

Every half-term, we share a curriculum newsletter which details the planned learning for each year group in more detail. These can be found on ‘Class Pages’ on the website.

Inclusion and Equality Curriculum Statement

Teachers set high expectations for all pupils.  They use appropriate assessment to set ambitious targets and plan challenging work for all groups, including: 

● More able pupils 

● Pupils with low prior attainment 

● Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds 

● Pupils with SEND 

● Pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) 

Teachers will plan lessons so that pupils with SEN and/or disabilities can study every National Curriculum subject and ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. 

Further information can be found in our statement of equality information and objectives, and in our SEND policy and information report.

Subject Overviews

At the Priory School we have written Subject Overviews and Subject Guidelines for each subject in the National Curriculum. This is to ensure a consistent approach across the school and that there is an intentional progression of skills, knowledge and vocabulary across the school.


In Literacy, we follow a Talk for Writing approach, which encourages the children to orally rehearse before recording.  See our English Curriculum page for more information.


In Maths, we adopt a mastery approach and use a scheme of work based on the Singapore model called Maths No Problem!  It follows a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to really embed concepts and deepen understanding.  See our Maths Curriculum page for more information.


Our intent in Science is to:

  • develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world
  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through, where possible, investigation and first-hand experience
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
    • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

See Science Curriculum page for more information.

Art and Design & Technology

Art and Design makes a unique contribution to the development of the child. All of the children at The Priory are encouraged to enjoy and appreciate Art and Design, and to respond and express themselves creatively.

During their time at The Priory, pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works. In class, Art and Design is sometimes taught as a discrete activity, but may also be incorporated into the project-based curriculum and through cross-curricular learning. Pupils are taught to use materials, tools and techniques for practical work in accordance with current health and safety requirements.

All the children love our annual summer Arts Week. Our theme in 2021-22 was the Tokyo Olympics.

Cam toys – Y5 summer project


Geography is a valued part of the curriculum, providing a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment.

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History is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum 2014. History will be taught through a topic based approach whenever possible using a range of resources to support planning, teaching and assessment.  The study of History aims to give children a sense of their own identity within our social, political, cultural and economic background.


Music is a unique method of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It allows for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of pupils. From the day they arrive in Reception, pupils are taught a wide range of techniques.

At the Priory, music is taught through performing, composing and music is created, produced and communicated. Pupils are taught to sing, and to use tuned and untuned percussion instruments individually and in groups. Through performing and listening children learn the elements of music, which include pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Music also plays a vital role in many weekly and yearly events of the school calendar. Songs are chosen for whole-school-singing that contribute to the topics explored in assemblies and there are many opportunities to perform at various events throughout the year, these may include our Nativity Service or drama production. Pupils also have the chance to take part in various workshops and festivals while in school, as well as having the option of joining our 3 choirs.

We are proud that in 2019-20 nearly a third of the school have signed up to join the school choir!

Children in Year 4 also have a term of instrumental learning with Soundstorm.

Peripatetic lessons are also available in Guitar, timbrels, violin, ukulele, flute, clarinet, recorder and piano* (subject to last minute changes). There is a charge for these peripatetic lessons but no child will be denied the opportunity to learn an instrument due to an inability to pay.


A new Music progression of skills is being worked on, with advice from Soundstorm. The school mainly uses Charanga and Sing Up! to support the delivery of curriculum music.

Physical Education

We believe physical activity is so important to children’s well-being and health that we have dedicated a separate section on our website.

All children are timetabled for 2 hours Physical activity each week. This is usually an indoor PE lesson, consisting of gymnastics or dance and an outdoor Games lesson. Our Class 3 children go swimming every summer and we have just started running catch-up swimming lessons for children in Y4 – 6 who have not yet passed the National Curriculum Award.

We recognise that the Chief Medical Officers in the UK recommend 60 mins of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. This is something we would love to see for every child at the Priory and we work hard through our lunchtimes, playtimes, Bikeability, daily run and extra-curricular activities to provide the opportunities to make it happen!

Modern Foreign Language

We are working with our partners at Twynham Secondary School to provide specialist language provision for our KS2 children. Each child in KS2 will receive 30 minutes of specialist language teaching in French every week. This is a new project for the school and we are very grateful to Twynham language department for including us in the scheme and taking responsibility for curriculum coverage to ensure progression going into KS3.


We are pleased to be a Google school. We have invested in lego wedos, crumblies and mini roamers to help the children develop their basic programming skills. Younger children enjoy espresso coding, while we use scratch with our older pupils.

Keeping safe online is a priority in our curriculum teaching and all classes revisit online safety in curriculum time in the Autumn term. Please see the online safety page for more information.