Penshurst Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

Curriculum statement


At Penshurst CE Primary School our aim is to support all our pupils to be independent, creative and free thinking learners. We provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum that gives them opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Through a broadly topic based curriculum children learn to grow and develop, they learn about themselves as learners and how they are connected to their local community and the wider world. We develop our pupil's creativity and how they can shape the world. Above all else we provide a curriculum that is values based and fosters our pupils' empathy ,encourages compassion, kindness and a sense that each of us can make a real difference through our thoughts and actions.

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

At Penshurst CE Primary School we support our pupils to be good Samaritans who walk in the shoes of others; our Christian Values promote living life in its fullness. We prioritise the well-being of our school community and encourage our pupils to feel comfortable with who they are. Our rich and bold curriculum inspires all to have a love of life-long learning and to strive for excellence.

Living Well Together – Learning and Growing with God

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

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


We want our pupils to be forward thinking and to see themselves as life-long learners. We want them to be able to solve problems and apply the knowledge, skills and understanding they have learned in a wide range of contexts.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• 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
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others


Our pupils are taught to understand how they can be good samaritans and develop a sense of themselves. Pupils are taught to understand that they can contribute to the wider world.


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• build respectful friendships
• learn in a peaceful and supportive environment


At Penshurst CE Primary School we put the well being of our pupils first.

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
• contribute to planning their own learning


Leaders, teachers and governors gather the views of our pupils. We pride ourselves on the fact that we listen to our learners and act on what they tell us.


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning
• promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic


Teaching learning should engage everyone and at Penshurst CE Primary School we want the whole school community to learn and grow together.


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences


Pupils should learn in a variety of contexts and understand that learning takes place beyond the classroom.


Pupil Group Educational visits (off-site) Educational visitors (on-site) Residential visits Outdoor learning Arts and culture Community and partnership learning Specialist curriculum days Allocated total budget
Year 1 2 sessions 6 days
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Totals 2 sessions 0 sessions 0 sessions 1 weeks, 1 days
(6 days)
0 sessions 0 sessions 0 sessions £0.00