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.  

Curriculum Intent

The Priory School has developed a compelling, sequenced and relevant curriculum which progresses from EYFS to Year 6.

It is underpinned by our core ethos ‘inspiring all to learn, flourish and achieve’.

Inspiring all

Our inclusive curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners through engaging, first hand experiences delivered by teachers who know their content and teach with passion and precision.

We want our school community to develop a deep and life-long love of learning. We aspire to share the very best of what has been thought and said, across continents and cultures.


Our curriculum is carefully mapped to the National Curriculum and its expectations. It progressively builds on knowledge and skills from EYFS to Year 6;  with clear learning intentions for each year group to develop sequential learning.

An understanding of language and critical thinking are key to unlocking the curriculum.  Developing a love of reading is at the heart of what we do.

You can download the DfE National Curriculum 2014 from the link below:


Pentester's Mindset!

We want children to discover life in all its fullness.  We aim to deliver a rounded education, educating the heart as well as the head.  This will lay a foundation for life.

We recognise that each child is a unique individual and may have different talents and skills which are promoted through our broader curriculum.


We want all children, no matter their starting points, to be confident and ready for the next stage in their education.  We are ambitious for all our learners and have high expectations for both progress and attainment.  We are passionate about wanting all children to be the best they can be.

We focus on core learning behaviours (resilience, collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, communication and courage) because they are fundamental to children being effective learners.

Curriculum Implementation

The Priory School Curriculum = National Curriculum + our unique ingredients

Our ethos – Our values – Our context

(knowledge, skills and vocabulary)
Subject Overviews & Progression of knowledge & skills Subject Guidelines
Year Group Curriculum MapsSubject Action Plans
Medium Term Planning
High quality lesson
Assessment for learning e.g. low stakes quiz
High quality lesson
Assessment for learning e.g. low stakes quiz
Why this, why now, what next?Pupils learn more, remember more and do more

During 2021-22 we are exploring some interconnected themes across the school, which are important to our community and context.

  • 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 (educating the heart as well as the mind)
  • Healthy School (social, emotional, physical and mental health)

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.

Curriculum Impact

Our Curriculum aims

  • 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) – so they are ready for the next stage of their education
  • Confident (when working independently or as a team)
  • Happy