Curriculum Statement 

The Governors of Priory School wish to endorse the aims and principles of the Torbay LEA.  As required by the 1988 Education Reform Act, the school provides a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:-

(a)  promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society,


(b)  prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The Governors wish to stress that the Catholic Faith is central to the day to day life of our school and to all aspects of the curriculum:  it is not an added extra which we offer our pupils.  The curriculum is based on a religious understanding of life and the principles of the Gospel permeate the life of the school.  The school attaches great importance to good relationships within the whole school community so that there is an environment in which all pupils can prosper.  In delivering the curriculum the school recognises the uniqueness of each child. 

Throughout the school, children follow carefully structured programmes of work which meet the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as offering much more!  Particular emphasis is placed upon learning the skills of English, Mathematics and Science, however doing lots of reading, writing, mathematics and science is not enough.  All major research shows that in schools where the curriculum is broad, where children are involved in a variety of activities, better results are achieved in work in reading, writing, mathematics and science than in schools which concentrate in a more limited way.

1.  the background of children
2.  the stage of development of the children
3.  the local resources available
4.  the interests of the children
5.  the requirements of the National Curriculum.
6.  the requirements of the National Literacy & Numeracy Frameworks

Children at Priory are often engaged in work which develops skills of research, testing, investigating, using information, asking questions, solving problems, drawing conclusions and presenting their findings for others.

All children in Years 1 to 6 follow the core subjects of English, Maths, Science ICT and R.E. and the five foundation subjects of Music, Physical Education, Art, History and Geography.

Throughout the curriculum, opportunities will be provided for equal opportunities, a personal, moral and social awareness, special educational provisions and information technology.


The Foundation Stage


Children enter school in the second year of the Foundation Stage and with a wide range of different experiences. In the reception class we will build on these to encourage; confidence, social skills, ability to communicate and independence. Children will be given the opportunity to develop through structured play activities and by using a wide range of learning strategies to help them progress.

The Foundation Curriculum covers six areas of learning:

  • personal, social and emotional development communication
  • language and literacy
  • mathematical development
  • knowledge and understanding of the world
  • physical development
  • creative development

The children’s learning and development is planned around the Early Learning Goals and in turn these link in with Numeracy and Literacy Strategies which help with a smooth transition into Key Stage 1