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Bishop Pursglove C of E Primary School

Reach Higher, Think Deeper, Love Wider

Foundation Subjects

The excitement and curiosity about learning goes hand in hand with each pupil achieving the highest academic success of which they are capable. Our enthusiastic and dedicated teachers work hard to provide inspiring lessons that both engage and challenge our pupils.

In school, the heart of the challenge is in the classroom, and through high quality teaching our pupils are inspired to exceed their expected achievements across the broad curriculum.


At Bishop Pursglove, we provide a diverse range of opportunities. We strive to fulfil the national commitment to engage all learners in physical activity through a broad range of clubs. Dedicated reading time, is driving a measureable improvement in the key skills of reading and literacy, and so enabling successful learning for our pupils across all subject areas.


We set challenging but achievable targets and monitor pupils’ progress to ensure that their academic goals are achieved. We support and extend our pupils’ passion for learning, fostered by our staffs’ passion for teaching.  With our outstanding facilities and excellent teachers, we are able to make the most of each learning opportunity.

Geography is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. There is so much more to this subject than just maps and globes! Wherever we find ourselves going in life, each place has a story, and this is because of the people who live there, and the physical features of the surrounding area. Geography teaches us about the environment and atmosphere surrounding us, as well as the resources which are available in each unique place. It changes constantly, as we are faced with new challenges regarding population, politics, resources and environmental change.


Whilst studying geography at Bishop Pursglove, each child can investigate a wide range of different places, as well as the people who can be found there. They will be taught to recognise the patterns which can be identified across the globe. We want the children to feel a sense of amazement at the world that we live in, and leave desperate to explore more of it.

“The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies…it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.” – Carl Becker, historian.


The aim of the History curriculum is to encourage interest in and enjoyment of the past. We wish to give the pupils an understanding of the development of the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world over time, and the impact these developments have on their ‘present.’


We achieve this through a range of activities and learning styles; encouraging pupils to creatively explore the events and people that have filled our past and will shape our future.


The emphasis is not on learning facts but on developing the skills of an historian – to be a questioning detective, interpreting the evidence and making judgements.


Critical thinking, thoughtful debate and sincere reflection are the keys to a successful student of history.

Science is constantly evolving and changing our everyday lives and is vital to the world’s future. It is science education that provides the foundations for understanding the world. We daily make many science-based decisions when managing our health and daily living.


At Bishop Pursglove, we support our pupils to think independently and to raise questions with an emphasis upon investigative practical work. We hope the children will develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to think and work scientifically. We aim to support the curriculum with interesting trips, activities and visiting speakers.

“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent, with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” – Henri Matisse.


Art is essential for the rounded education we want every child to experience. Bishop Pursglove recognises this and ensures all pupils will have the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art. We use a wide range of media to produce 3D sculptures, printmaking, drawings and paintings.


Most importantly, however, children will also develop an appreciation for the art of other people, cultures and eras. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Bishop Pursglove actively encourages students of all abilities to participate in Art and fulfil their potential to design, create and produce Art of the highest standard. Academic ability is no boundary where Art is concerned; only a fervent imagination is required.