Primary Curriculum

Our primary schools provide a broad and balanced curriculum through creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Across all subjects our curriculum frameworks promote high standards through progression in both the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Our curriculum is more than the National Curriculum alone: it is everything that a school does to contribute to the development of each and every child from the time it opens to the time it closes each day.

Recognising this fact, we have developed a rich primary curriculum that seeks to serve our vision of future readiness through ‘Curriculum vehicles’. These are largely subject neutral learning themes that teach the National Curriculum subjects, but often go beyond its scope to equip our pupils with essential future ready skills.

The ‘Curriculum vehicles’ go beyond the National Curriculum and also incorporate the following key values:- metacognition, teamwork, Gospel values and British Values, managing feelings and behaviours, managing relationships, cultural appreciation, managing time and resources, global awareness and responsibility.

An Outstanding Early Years Curriculum

Our Early Years settings are welcoming and engaging and support our youngest learners in discovering and developing the early building blocks for successful learning. Through a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, children engage in enquiry, discovery and reflection in order to become confident in expressing their ideas, happy to make independent choices, proficient in ICT and keen to explore the world around them. The stimulating and challenging indoor and outdoor learning environments provide an exciting context for developing an early love of learning.

Innovative Approaches to English and Mathematics

Daily teaching of English and Mathematics both as discreet lessons and across the wider curriculum enable our children to reach high standards by the end of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Children’s progress across our schools is high, regardless of starting point.

The whole school progressive framework for English provides children with real-life and engaging purposes and audiences for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Daily teaching of phonics and spelling is highly interactive and enables children to secure at least age-related expectations in these core basics. Children are encouraged to read widely.

Developing the Whole Child to Reach Their Full Potential.

The Painsley learning model ensures that children develop the characteristics of good learners and the vital skills required for the next phase of education.