ST PAUL’SOur Learning

At St. Paul’s CE Primary School, we consider the extent to which we are equipping our children with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Central to this are the key academic, personal and vocational skills which prepare them for the next stage of their lives. It is also important that we invest in their cultural capital – our school and British core values, and the essential knowledge that our children need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said, and helping to gain an appreciation of human creativity and achievement through our church school distinctiveness.


Children at St. Paul’s are encouraged to be aspirational, so we plan learning experiences that are engaging, challenging and motivating and support them in achieving their full potential. Children are encouraged to be active in their learning, to explore all possibilities and they are given lots of opportunities to demonstrate their creativity. We support and challenge children, enabling them to sustain their efforts and to persevere in their learning.


Our curriculum is bespoke to the needs of our children; it was designed by us, for us! It is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It has been carefully crafted so that children develop their capacity for different types of thinking and learning. It is broken down in termly topics and each topic starts by posing a ‘Big Question’ which provokes children’s curiosity.

BE BOLD ENOUGH TOAsk the big questions

The Big Questions are then used throughout the topics as hooks for learning, which gives purpose to the learning and related activities. Children are encouraged to see the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives – past, present and in the future.


They are rich in knowledge, skills and meaningful experiences, allowing children to problem solve, follow lines of enquiry and find the answers to questions. Learning is planned and sequenced effectively to build on prior knowledge and learning experiences. Children are encouraged to explore, ask questions and reflect upon their own learning, to help them to achieve a greater depth of understanding.

Ongoing assessment is used to plan accurately for next steps in learning at a pace that suits and meets the needs of individual learners.