Subject Overviews

At the Priory School we have written Subject Overviews and Subject Guidelines for each subject in the National Curriculum, to ensure there is a consistency of approach across our school and that knowledge builds over time.


In English 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 Priory School 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.

The children love our annual summer Arts Week. Our theme in 2021-22 was the Tokyo Olympics. Our Art lockdown videos were widely shared across local schools.


Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment.

Pupils are encouraged to develop an appreciation of the people and places of the world in which they live. They deserve opportunities to discover more about the world around them and the variety that exists within it, as well as exploring wider current issues such as sustainability, interdependence and diversity.

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
    • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
    • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.
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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.

Pupils are encouraged to think critically about information and ask questions about information presented. They should be able to relate historical periods and moments to connected present day scenarios and appreciate the significance of historical moments for life in the present day.

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.
  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world.
  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’.
  • Understand historical concepts.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.


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 Priory School, 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 Christmas events / Spring gala and summer 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 2 choirs and ukulele groups.

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

  • develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

The school mainly uses Charanga to support the delivery of curriculum music.


Physical Education

Please also see our separate section on the school website linked to our school sport programme.

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 Priory School and we work hard through our lunchtimes, playtimes, Bikeability, daily run (and skip!) and extra-curricular activities to provide the opportunities to make it happen!

We follow the ‘Complete PE’ scheme of work.

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.

The Priory School MFL Scheme of Work (working with Twynham secondary school)


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 aspects of online safety throughout each unit of work. We follow the Google scheme ‘Internet Legends’. 

Please see the online safety page for more information.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

Our school aims to be a loving, inclusive family, where our core Christian values of love, respect, forgiveness and aspiration are recognised and developed.  Relationships and Health Education and Sex Education is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.

At the Priory School, RSHE is covered as part of our PSHE curriculum (Personal, Social and Health education). Please also see our curriculum pages on personal development and RSHE Policy.

Intent – Statutory Aims of RSHE

  • Understand what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them.
  • Understand how to take turns, treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.
  • Understand what a positive and healthy relationship looks like and what a less positive relationship may look like (including online relationships), including understanding how to recognise and report concerns and abuse.
  • Have the skills they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing (both physical and mental), including understanding what benefits health and wellbeing (e.g. daily exercise, good nutrition, sufficient sleep, hobbies, interests, community participation).
  • Have the skills they need to understand and talk about their feelings and emotions.
  • Know about basic first aid
  • Learn about the changing adolescent body, privacy and boundaries.
  • Know how to keep safe and how to report concerns.

Jigsaw Scheme of Work

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase, as the table below shows:

TermPuzzle nameContent
Autumn 1:Being Me in My WorldIncludes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters
Autumn 2:Celebrating DifferenceIncludes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work
Spring 1:Dreams and GoalsIncludes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events
Spring 2:Healthy MeIncludes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices
Summer 1:RelationshipsIncludes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills
Summer 2:Changing MeIncludes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change

Heartsmart Content: 

Heartsmart covers areas of PSHE for the primary phase, as the table below shows:

TermPuzzle nameContent
Autumn 1:Get HeartsmartIntroducing Heartsmart and High 5 (5 half term objectives). What we put into our hearts will affect what we put our hearts into. 
Autumn 2:Don’t Forget To Let Love InUnderstanding that we are all unique and that we are all loved. If we don’t love ourselves it’s hard to love others.
Spring 1:Too Much Selfie Isn’t Healthy.Loving others. It’s not all about me, it’s about we. Learning that it’s better to give than to get. 
Spring 2:Don’t Rub it in, Rub It Out.We can encounter hurt and disappointment from others when we open ourselves up to the world but we have the choice to get even(rub it in) or forgive (rub it out).
Summer 1:Fake Is a MistakeChoosing to tell the truth is a powerful way of showing love to ourselves and to others. Understanding that even small like impact our trustworthiness.
Summer 2:No Way Through Isn’t True.Just because you found something difficult in the past doesn’t mean that it is impossible today. No matter what problems you face there is always a solution.

Religious Education (R.E.)

At the Priory School, R.E. is a core subject alongside Maths, English and Science.

Please see our linked curriculum here.

Our core aims are:

  • know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts.
  • develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians. 
  • develop the ability to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief of themselves, the world and human experience.
  • cultivate respect for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and beliefs of Christian tradition, whilst showing respect, tolerance and understanding of other world religions.
  • to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions, in particular; Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
  • learn to respect themselves and understand their own identity, to respect others, and to understand their own and others’ rights and responsibilities.
  • develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures
  • develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues, with reference to the teachings of other world religions represented in the United Kingdom and develop confidence in their own beliefs and British values.