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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Aims and Rationale


Through consideration of our local context, collaborative discussion, analysis of data and monitoring outcomes, we have designed our bespoke curriculum offer to the needs of our children and the school community. 


Norman Pannell Primary School's curriculum is built around the ideal:


Healthy Bodies

Healthy Minds

Healthy Futures

Curriculum Intent


We aim to offer every child a broad and balanced curriculum - suited to their needs - that is vibrant, engaging and ultimately useful to their future lives. We want to provide academic success coupled with enrichment opportunities that allow each child to explore a range of skills and interests.  In addition to core skills such as English and Maths, we promote deep learning within science, the humanities, technology, citizenship and the arts, developing creative, enquiring minds.


Our curriculum offers children the chance to develop healthy bodies and healthy minds.  We provide a wide range of high quality physical education opportunities during and after school, and we have a strong commitment to developing good mental health through activities such as massage and 'Philosophy for Children' (P4C).  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) underpins our curriculum offer as we nurture an emotionally intelligent, insightful and empathetic school community.


We want our curriculum to unlock doors, enabling children to feel confident and optimistic about their futures in whatever direction they choose to take.  Our curriculum needs to be relevant to the children's local and national context: we want our children to understand their options in life, contribute to society as responsible citizens and show and understanding of equality and diversity.  Our curriculum is designed with the understanding of British Values in mind:

  • democracy
  • rule of law 
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


Through dynamic differentiation and effective use of assessment, our curriculum is inclusive and tailored to the needs of the school and within it each class, group and individual child.


If you would like additional information on our curriculum, please contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs. M. McMaster.

In September 2014, the Primary National Curriculum became statutory. Please see the full document below, or access individual sections from the DfE website link below.