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The curriculum

The teaching staff work very closely in phase teams when planning pupils’ work, so that each child’s learning progresses smoothly throughout the school. Each teacher carefully matches the work to the child and employs a wide range of teaching strategies to enable children to learn.

Children are taught as individuals, in groups, in year groups and as a whole class. Within each classroom teachers and assistants use their skills to achieve the correct balance between these different grouping arrangements. This allows each child to develop to the full.

All teachers have some time when they are not teaching in class. This may be their weekly timetabled planning time, when they go on courses, or may be when they are involved in some aspect of leadership and management of the school. At these times the class will be taken by one of our skilled Higher Level Teaching Assistants or a supply teacher.

  • Science

    Learning about Science in Key Stage One is threaded through much of our curriculum. Above and beyond learning what is expected by the National Curriculum, Pannal children are exposed to a range of experiences designed to help them better understand the science of their world and their place within it. Our wildlife area, grounds, vegetable beds and adjacent woodland offer abundant opportunities for the children to explore and find answers to their own questions. Working outdoors teaches the children to respect their environment and to begin to understand the complexity and relative fragility of the natural world.

    Science is taught discretely but more often is threaded through P.E, Numeracy, I.C.T, Forest School, current affairs or any topic where cross curricular opportunities can be found and the experiences offered to the children deepened. In this way, when studying Ancient Egypt, our year four children recently mummified a hotdog! This afforded the opportunity to discuss fair testing and measure changes over time. It also readily deepened their understanding of the mummification process but didn’t diminish the ‘yuck’ factor! We want our children to find Science exciting, fun and be motivated in their learning so helping to develop scientists of the future).

    Science in Key Stage Two is taught through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We aim to nurture our children’s natural curiosity, encouraging them to ask questions about the world around them. Exciting and engaging practical investigations are key to deepening our children’s scientific knowledge and skills (or conceptual understanding). Science is taught by linking to other areas of the curriculum and topic work, this provides meaningful context and relevance to their learning.

    Children are encouraged to explore the impact of science in the modern world and in turn understand the importance it has on their own lives. Pannal Primary School places great value on outdoor learning – our wildlife areas, gardens and Sandy Bank Woods offers an abundance of scientific opportunities. Through these experiences our children learn to respect and care for their environment while considering issues surrounding sustainability- we even have our own wind turbine!

  • Physical Education

    Please see the Sports section of our website here.

  • Modern Foreign Languages

    French is taught to all children throughout the school.  At Pannal, we aim to develop speaking and listening skills, and lay the foundations for future study and transition. French is introduced at Key Stage 1 through songs, rhymes and games. It is taught weekly throughout Key Stage 2 in a fun and enjoyable way. Topics are interesting and relevant, and engage and stimulate learning. The children learn both the language and the culture of France and other European countries. Each year we embrace this by marking European Day of Languages with a whole school themed day.

    Lessons meet the needs of the children in listening and speaking skills at Lower Key Stage 2. As the children progress to Upper Key Stage 2, they learn to read and write in French and speak with more confidence, thus preparing them for the transition to secondary school. During Upper Key Stage 2 we also provide children with an introduction to Spanish.

    At Pannal, we work closely with a cluster of primary and secondary schools to share good practice, and meet the needs of transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. In addition, Pannal school is forming a partnership with a school in Metz in Northern France to enable all pupils to communicate with their French peers.

  • Religious Education and Collective Worship

    Religious Education is planned from the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus 2019-2024. Parents may see a copy of this syllabus in school. All children will be involved in a daily act of worship, often known as assembly, which is broadly Christian. Parents may withdraw their child from Religious Education provided that such a request is made in writing to Mrs Turner. Alternative provision would then be made following consultation with parents.

    The North Yorkshire Syllabus aims for :

    “RE to explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.”

    They will do this through knowing, understanding, expressing ideas, gaining skills and deploying the skills needed to engage seriously about religions and worldviews. They will have the opportunity to explore specific questions that will lead them into learning about different world religions. In Foundation Stage Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it. In Key Stage 1 they will become more familiar with Christian and Jewish people and in Key Stage 2 Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish People will be explored.

    The curriculum will teach children what people believe, how religion is expressed and how people live within these religions.

  • Sex Education

    The school governors following consultation with parents and staff established our sex education policy. Sex education should be complementary to that given at home. The purpose is to prepare pupils to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up, and to give them an understanding of human reproduction. We aim to present the facts in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner. The school nurse works alongside teaching staff for some lessons.

    In Years 5 and 6 information is given about puberty, conception, pregnancy and birth. It is taught in the context of a carefully planned science and health education programme, with particular regard to moral considerations and the value of family life. Parents are always given prior notification of these lessons and invited to preview the video material that is used.

    All parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons.

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education

    We have explored the concept of “curriculum entitlements” - the idea that there are certain experiences that all children should have the opportunity to have during their childhood. We are taking part in a LA project to explore how schools promote SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) across the curriculum involving our Year 2 children. These activities will span many of our curriculum dimensions and also give an insight into SMSC which threads through all aspects of the curriculum.


    The strands of SMSC within Pannal School are not treated in isolation, but rather seen as inter-connected through every area of school life.  It has a very strong link within the work covered in Personal, Social, Health and Cultural Education (PSHCE)  and Religious Education (RE).  To break it down:

    Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

    • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life
    • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
    • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
    • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

    Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

    • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
    • understanding of the consequences of their actions
    • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.

    Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

    • use of a range of social skills in different contexts
    • willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

    Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

    • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
    • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity

    This is evident in school through strong values which are apparent in the day to day life of the school.  Pupils and all adults are respectful of each other and their environment.  They are reflective about beliefs, values and more profound aspects of human experience, using their imagination and creativity, and developing curiosity in their learning.   There are many opportunities for pupils to further develop their social skills, an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature.  They are encouraged to develop skills and attitudes to enable them to participate fully and positively in modern Britain.  Pupils respond positively to a range of artistic, sporting activities within the active and arts dimensions. 

  • Pupil Leaders

    We provide many opportiunities for all of our older pupils to take responsibilities which support the work of the school and enable them to  help to organise and lead our younger children. We believe this has many benefits for all of the children, both those being led and those doing the leading. Here are some examples:

    Our year 6 pupils have responsibilities such as delivering registers and letters to classes, preparing the hall for assemblies and working as librarians. They also manage the playground equipment, loaning out, collecting and storing games each playtime. In addition some of them are timetabled to play with the Reception children in their outdoor area at lunchtime.

    Each September, our year 6 children have the opportunity to become TOPs playleaders. They undergo training with Mrs Smith our PE coordinator and then are assessed by staff from Rossett High School. Having completed their training, those who wish to be involved are timetabled to organise games on the playgrounds and field, for younger children at lunchtime. They take this responsibility seriously and are an excellent role model for the younger children. Since 2013 Mrs Smith (PE coordinator) has developed this model further by organising a Primary School Sport Organising Crew which develops students' leadership skills. Children have opportunities to take on roles such as photographer, reporter, competition leader, coach and equipment leader.

    All KS2 pupils are  organised into 'Forum Families'. These are made up of children from across Key Stage Two, who discuss issues together that can help us to improve our school. The older children take responsibility for leading their teams and ensuring that the younger pupils understand what is required.

  • Music

               Music plays an important part in school life and we promote instrument tuition with nearly 150 children              learning an instrument with specialist instrument tutors.

              Both our singing ensembles and orchestra meet weekly and have performed at the Royal Hall, other local                        venues and music festivals.



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