Partney Church of England Aided Primary School

Curriculum statement


At Partney Church of England (VA) Primary School the intent of our Curriculum is threefold:

• To lay the foundations for and build up our children’s knowledge and skills in order to fulfil their potential as future learners.

• To create opportunities that both engage, enlighten and inspire our children to find out more about themselves, other people, other cultures and the world.

• To encourage regular spiritual and emotional reflection to achieve our children’s potential as future global citizens.

We are guided by our Christian Values of Compassion, Collaboration, Curiosity, Charity, Celebration, Commitment and Courage in order to achieve the outcomes in attainment and progress across the Curriculum.

Big ideas


Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.


Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.


Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.


Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.


Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.


Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place and space

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.


Understanding how and why things are the same or different.


Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.


Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

Mission statement

Our small school community welcomes everyone and aspires to meet the needs of all through high expectations and compassionate support. Through shared values we create a firm foundation for all to fulfil their potential as future citizens of the world. Our challenging and exciting learning environment enables everyone to go forward as champions of compassion, curiosity and courage.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• Reflect on how their learning has enhanced their personal, spiritual and emotional development


Our small school status and rural location can restrict our opportunities for experiencing other cultures and experiences, other than our own. Our curriculum brings us those experiences and helps us to understand the wider world and our future within it.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences


Our School has many additional needs and we strive to:

  • accommodate everyone's voice;

  • give time for everyone to stop and think;

  • express our views calmly within a safe environment;

  • make mistakes and learn from them;

  • Work together to solve a problem or conflict;

So that we are prepared for later life.