Palterton Primary School

The Palterton Curriculum

Computing, French
Computing, French

At Palterton Primary School we aim to develop children who are independent, confident and caring. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, where all pupils have the chance to shine, enables our pupils to become well rounded individuals who value learning.


Our aim is to deliver a curriculum which:

  • Inspires and excites our pupils

  • Takes learning beyond the classroom

  • Values the differences of our pupils

  • Teaches pupils to think critically

  • Embeds skills to prepare children for lifelong learning

  • Develops children who take responsibility for their own learning and development

  • Teaches the value of perseverance and resilience

  • Encourages pupils to respect other cultures, and beliefs which differ from their own.

We believe in delivering a broad, balanced curriculum which provides first hand experiences, and builds on children's prior knowledge. We believe that the mastery and application of key skills learned in primary school provides the basis for a lifelong love of learning.

Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014). However, this is enhanced by our wider, topic based curriculum. Learning is planned to be exciting and in a meaningful context for children. Where there are genuine connections to be made between subjects, learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not the case, subjects are taught discreetly.

We place a strong emphasis on the development of the fundamental skills necessary to be confident independent learners. As such, children are rigorously taught to read using a programme of phonics from Reception onwards. All classes have daily literacy lessons where they are taught the rules of spelling and grammar, and to write effectively. Maths skills are also taught and rehearsed daily until they are mastered. Physical skills are developed through a carefully planned PE curriculum, which improves children's self-confidence and concentration. We recognise the value of modern technology and our pupils are taught to use it effectively to enhance their learning.

Back Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6UN