Teaching & Learning


Curriculum Statement


Our Curriculum Statement

At Sissinghurst VA Church of England Primary School we aim to provide our children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced, and above all engages and stimulates our children’s curiosity to learn. At Sissinghurst VA Church of England Primary School we recognise and value the individuality of the children in our care. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embody our Christian values of Friendship, Koinonia, Endurance and Wisdom, and ensure all children are prepared for their next steps.

We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements as issued by the DfE.

This National Curriculum 2014 comprises of:

English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Religious Education;

National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2

The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum. At Sissinghurst VA Church of England Primary School, our teachers follow the Diocese of Canterbury Primary syllabus.

At Sissinghurst VA Church of England Primary School we recognise the importance of English and Maths teaching in order to open up other areas of the curriculum. In addition to regular Maths and English sessions, teachers strive to make as many cross curricular links as possible to utilise these skills in a range of contexts. This enables our learners to continue to develop fundamental English and Maths skills throughout the curriculum subjects.

The planning of the curriculum is based around a termly programme to ensure coverage of selected topics by all children who progress through the school. Medium term planning takes the form of a topic based skills and objectives document, and where appropriate teachers link subjects to provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum for our pupils.

This programme is regularly reviewed with staff to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.

At Sissinghurst VA Church of England Primary School we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom – For example – Forest School Days, Residential trips, creative arts workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have a range of excellent after school clubs, run by our staff, parents, and professional groups.

When children leave Sissinghurst VA Church of England Primary School at the end of Year Six, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners. Through our unique approach of teaching and living out Christian Values, children are also equipped with the social skills and understanding to become good citizens in the future.

We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly, and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Furthermore, we host termly class meetings to inform parents about how they can support their child, parental workshops on specific subject areas, and welcome families to celebrate their children’s achievements at our celebration assembly every Friday.