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Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum Vision 

values and vision overview st philips 2021 november 2021 .pdf

 Our Curriculum Intent 

“Train up children in the way they should go; even when they are old they will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6


Our school’s Curriculum intent significantly supports the delivery of our Christian Vision and Values. Our Curriculum intent is to enable our pupils to live life in all its fullness through great aspirations, a deep inner-strength and resilience. We pride ourselves on our ambition for every child to be an independent learner who prospers in our stimulating, supportive and inclusive Christian school. We strongly believe that every child, whatever their abilities, must access a broad, balanced, relevant and stimulating education that fosters curiosity and growth.



Intention 1:

Through the lens of our Christian Vision, we design a curriculum, which develops learning skills intertwined with the development of a curiosity towards the exploration, and acquisition, of knowledge.

Children receive a curriculum with ambitious subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum so that children prosper in their journey.

Intention 2:

Through the lens of our Christian Vision, we design a curriculum, which nurtures children to be independent, inquisitive learners.

Children receive a curriculum, which ignites the key skills of: reciprocity, curiosity, resilience, resourcefulness, and reflectiveness so that children know how they learn and apply these skills across the whole curriculum and into the future.

Our Curriculum Implementation

The planning of inspiring and imaginative learning journeys, promotes enjoyment of the curriculum, which in turn positively impacts on the achievement of children, and their confidence and attitude to learning. Through our implementation model, children will be engaged and inspired by their concept exploration, posing their own enquiry questions, taking initiative and co-constructing their own learning pathway. 

We implement our curriculum through four key processes aligned to metacognitive strategies and The Learning Pit approach.


Engage Deepen Link Reflect
The Pit: Concept The Pit: Challenge & Cognitive conflict

The Pit: Construct & Eureka!

The Pit: Consider & Review (& Adapt, Apply, Transfer)

‘Question everything. Learn something.’ Euripides

Questioning and Checking for Understanding

Ignite curiosity


Hook learners in with an ambitious text or resource


Hook learners in with an engaging experience or artefact


Introduce the context of the learning focus and key concept/s


Ask probing questions to elicit children’s interests

Explore the key concept


Create challenge through quality questioning


Facilitate cognitive conflict to deepen understanding of the concept (The Learning Pit)


Provide facts and information to deepen knowledge and understanding


Introduce and model key skills and provide opportunities to practice and apply


Provide creative learning opportunities


Judiciously select pedagogical approaches best fitted to the learning focus

Introduce further opportunities or scenarios to create cognitive conflict and/or creative thinking


Support the ‘construct’ phase by enabling the children to apply previously learnt skills


Support the ‘construct’ phase by enabling the children to make links to previously learnt concepts, knowledge and skills


Model the appropriate learning skills and powers – encourage the independent application of these


Support the children to identify patterns, relationships and meanings between the ideas experienced ‘in the pit’

Model and provide opportunities for evaluation  individually and/or shared in pairs and groups


Develop a supportive environment for honest and meaningful reflection


Identify and celebrate success, and share


Support the children to consider and review their journey and what they have learnt by going through ‘the pit’



Identify what has been learnt


Identify next steps

 Find out more about the Learning Pit and our Learning Powers: Our Learning Powers

The Impact of the St Philip's Curriculum

At St Philip’s Primary School, we know our curriculum intent is achieved when:

  • we nurture ‘the whole child’
  • children can articulate their aspirations
  • children enjoy, achieve and learn every day
  • children feel safe, nurtured and valued at school
  • children have a full range life skills
  • children are equipped to shape their own beliefs, values and mind-sets
  • children flourish through an inspiring, meaningful and broad curriculum
  • children are able to use their metacognitive skills of reciprocity, curiosity, reliance, resourcefulness and reflectiveness to thrive in life
  • children demonstrate a positive attitude to lifelong learning
  • children are hopeful and resilient

Our curriculum is carefully organised for mastery and depth as we support children in gaining a deeper and more interconnected understanding of the concepts, skills and processes within the curriculum.  Classroom practitioners monitor and evaluate the impact of our curriculum through summative and formative assessment processes including the evaluation of a range of outcomes generated by the children. These include:

  • Floor books which capture the learning journey and the collaborative contributions of the class
  • Double page spreads
  • Extended writing
  • Making meaning diagrams
  • Mind mapping for deep concept exploration
  • Graphic organisers and thinking processes
  • Low stakes quizzing
  • Knowledge look backs

Subject Pages 

 Use the links below to navigate to each of the individual subject pages to find out more about how our curriculum intent, implementation and impact is realised in each subject area.