Austrey C of E Primary School

Curriculum statement


Here at Austrey CofE Primary School we follow the National Curriculum (2014) through Cornerstones which explores the breadth and depth of the National Curriculum, develops a rich and deep subject knowledge, develops new skills through a variety of interesting contexts and allows children to develop self esteem and confidence in their abilities.

The goal of our curriculum is to deepen the children's understanding and engagement in learning through our thematic termly topics. Enrichment permeates through our curriculum and is available to all pupils through the use of visits, visitors, good curricular links and out of school activities.

Ofsted (2018) stated that our curriculum provided pupils with a wide range of interesting learning opportunities, which are enhanced by visitors coming into school. For example, pupils visited the Hippodrome theatre and had a visit from the animal man. Pupils enjoy talking about practical activities that they have enjoyed such as making their own models.

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.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
• 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
• 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
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• 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


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• learn how to respect themselves and others
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• work in a range of groups and settings
• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities