Curriculum Information

A Cross Curricular Approach

We follow the Chris Quigley Curriculum, where meaningful links are made 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. 


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. 



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. 

Curriculum Design

From our results, our own monitoring, pupil voice, work with external agencies and our pedagogical beliefs, we have reflected on our strengths and the areas we want to excel in. 

The golden threads of our curriculum development are

  • Providing experiences and an environment that broaden and deepen our children's knowledge and understanding of different cultures, faiths and communities. 
  • Ensuring that all learners make good progress across the whole curriculum. 
  • 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. 
  • Developing a curriculum that enables children to learn from the very best  humankind has to offer; giving them hope and aspiration
  • 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.  
  • 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. 


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)


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.