Graveney Primary School

Curriculum statement


Graveney Primary School provides a positive learning community delivered through partnership which believes in the uniqueness of each child. We aim to nurture the spiritual, cultural and emotional well-being of each individual within a caring and safe environment. We are committed to a process of continual improvement promoting aspiration, confidence and enjoyment.

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 curriculum is broad, balanced, flexible, exciting, relevant, inclusive and well planned. We ensure it enables pupils to make a significant contribution to their school, their community and the wider world.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their lives
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning


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
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• 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
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others


Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• build respectful relationships
• work in a range of groups and settings
• recognise that people are good at different things

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

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


Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

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


We will enrich our curriculum by:

• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences