Teaching & Learning

Curriculum Intent

‘’Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:32

We are a very small rural school with high expectations and big aspirations for all our learners. We celebrate differences within our school community, and recognise every child as unique ready to fulfil their potential, regardless of their starting point.

We aim to develop a curriculum that creates outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves, and understand the wider world and its complex cultures. We want the children at Clapham and Patching CofE Primary School to learn more, know more and remember more.

Our curriculum intends to:

  • Develop our head and body: What we learn
  • Develop our hearts and character: Who we are
  • Develop our actions and attitudes: How we live and learn
  • Develop our strong moral compass: Where we fit in the world.

Our curriculum is current and relevant and is designed to: provide first hand learning experiences, recognise children’s prior learning, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, progressive critical thinkers.

In addition to this, our curriculum provides opportunities to enhance and enrich learning within each year group as we believe that children should have hands on experience, be happy, display a growth mind-set, be investigative and have scope to build their curiosity.

Woven throughout our teaching and learning are Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction. These ensure that the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that our children acquire can be used throughout their education, and help them to build on their prior learning both inside and outside of the classroom.