Whole School Curriculum Overview

Sport and PE

We are very fortunate to have a very large playing field and sports area within the school grounds. Football and netball are our main winter sports and we play competitively against other schools.

Athletics, rounders and tennis are the main summer sports and our teams have a good reputation for both the quality of their performance and the spirit in which they play.

We have regular trips to the leisure centre in Launceston with whole school swimming lessons and children receive expert tuition from visiting coaches in a variety of sports including urban polo.

Instrumental Tuition

Every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and lessons are organised in the school by the County Instrumental Tuition Service. Pupils have to provide their own instrument (the school have a few) and a standard charge for the tuition is made at the beginning of each term.


Children participate in art and design, drama, music and dance, helping them to become responsive, critical and appreciative. They discover the value of discipline and practice and, in responding to the work of others, they gain insights to the different viewpoints, identities, tradition and cultures.

English, Communication and Languages

Communication lies at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think and create and makes a crucial contribution to children’s development as successful learners. Language underpins children’s achievement across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society, work and lifelong learning.

Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding

This encourages pupils to investigate the world around them, from the local to the global. They learn about the impact of their actions on the planet and understand the importance of developing a sustainable future. Through exploring cultures, belief, values, human rights and responsibilities, children develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and a sense of belonging.

Mathematical Understanding

Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

Physical Development, Health and Well-being

To enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives, children must learn to respond positively to challenges to develop self-confidence and physical capabilities. This area of learning lays the foundations for long term well-being and contributes to children’s mental, social, emotional and physical development.

Scientific and Technological Understanding

Our children live in a fast-moving world and science and technology are fundamental to exploring, understanding and influencing the natural and made worlds in which we live. They encourage children’s natural curiosity and creativity, inspiring awe and wonder.

Religious Education

This provides challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. We follow the Cornwall SACRE 2020 Scheme.

Should you require any further information regarding the curriculum at Altarnun Primary please do not hesitate to get in contact.