Curriculum Information

We make meaningful links between subjects so that schemas can be built and connections between neural pathways strengthened. 

We plan using milestones to ensure progression year on year. Our pedagogical approach is that of mastery - which focuses on deep understanding and questioning, rather than cognitive overload and rapid coverage of content. 

Nurturing the whole child

Everything we do at Pattishall CE Primary School centres around developing the whole child, in preparation for the next step in their education. 

When planning a carefully crafted curriculum, we take into account - and actively plan for - the children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development: providing experiences that deepen their understanding, tolerance, respect, knowledge and self-awareness. 

Fostering a child's spiritual development means, for us at Pattishall CE Primary, enabling them to find a sense of peace. Giving them time to ground themselves and experience awe and wonder in the natural world. 

SMSC Policy and Action Plan

SMSC Policy and Action Plan (pdf)


Curriculum Design: what makes us special?

Knowledge, skills and wisdom

We recognise that 'knowledge' is available readily in this modern era; so whilst we do gather information and learn about key dates, people and places, our main focus is on the skills we develop and the wisdom gleaned from the best that has been thought and said across the globe. 

The knowledge, skills and wisdom within reading and writing are recognised in all subjects. 

Underpinning this are our golden threads that permeate our curriculum. 

The golden threads of our curriculum development are

  • Cultural diversity - learning about and from other cultures, faiths and communities; whilst celebrating and nurturing our farming roots and our history as part of the village community. 
  • Reading - Putting reading the heart of the school and the curriculum: if children can read by age 6, they will have a more developed working memory and will therefore find following instructions and sequencing tasks much easier as they travel through school. 
  • Global citizenship. Working with our pupil‘s voices to take note of global issues and stand up for what they believe is right. In particular, addressing the plastic crisis. - using wisdom to inform action. 

We also... 

Ensure that all learners make good progress across the whole curriculum. 

Provide children with opportunities to gain cultural capital - learning from the best that has been thought and said - across the globe; giving our pupils hope and aspiration.

1 Corinthians 16: 13-14. Love is our core value - we use nurture and natural consequences. We believe in helping as many children as we can to be in the right emotional place to access a curriculum that will set them up for the next stage. 

Big questions

Knowledge ~ Skills ~ Wisdom

This document shows the knowledge, skills and wisdom that we nurture in each subject. 

Pattishall Primary Curriclum Diagram (pdf)


Curriculum Overview

We plan on a two year cycle. This means that teachers can plan exciting opportunities, experiences, trips and visits together. The Topic curriculum structure is planned so that children get a deep and immersive experience and so that there is clear delineation between topic themes to avoid confusion. between different ancient cultures. Art, DT and Music, to some extent, are also linked to the topic driver. 

The English curriculum is driven by the topic, as we base all our learning in quality texts, which are linked to the topic. It is our belief that this cross-curricular approach deepens and embeds learning to ensure that information is transferred to the long-term memory. 

When studying ancient cultures such as Greece and Egypt, the children also compare and contrast to the modern day counterpart; thus immersing themselves in cultural diversity. 

In Geography led units, the children learn about (and from) cultures, faiths and communities; as well as physical geography. 

Topic Curriculum Overview (pdf)


English and Maths long-term planning can be found on individual year group pages. 

RE, PSHE, PE, French, Science, Computing, Music

Here are the long-term overviews of the themes covered. 

Wherever possible, meaningful links between the topic driver and the objectives being taught within a subject are made. 

Relationships and Sex Education - a guide for parents (pdf)


Whole School PE Curriculum 2019 (pdf)


Computing Long Term Planning (pdf)


KS2 French Overview plan (pdf)


Music Long Term Plan 19-20 (pdf)


Science overview and curriculum links (pdf)


PHSE School Overview (pdf)



Our rules are simple: Think, Care, Seek, Build, Respect. These are reflected in our values - thoughtfulness, kindness, perseverance with courage, co-operation, respectfulness and love; and also in the identified British Values of tolerance, mutual respect, liberty, democracy and Rule of Law (see above). 

As a Church School, we teach the children to respect others through a deepening of their understanding of other's opinions. 

We operate a democratic system for electing Student Council each year across Key Stage One and Two. 

How you can help your child at home...

How do we teach English? (pptx)


How do we teach Maths? (pdf)


100 Books to read before you leave Pattishall (pdf)


Out and about 1 - Shopping centre and walking home. (pdf)


Out and about 2 - Shoes and clothes and Supermarket. (pdf)


Out and about 3 - Books and clocks. (pdf)


Out and about 4 - Kitchen and park. (pdf)


Out and about 5 - Catalogue and car journey. (pdf)


Out and about 6 - Calendars and reading. (pdf)


Curriculum Policies


Curriculum Policies

Have a look at our policies on the teaching of the 2014 National Curriculum.