St Erme Curriculum Intent

At St Erme with Trispen we aspire to develop the ‘whole child’; emotionally, academically, physically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally. We offer a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment where every individual is valued, their uniqueness celebrated and their potential recognised.  We aim to remove disadvantage so that every child can thrive. 

We want to help our children achieve the highest possible standard and provide a rich and broad, balanced curriculum that is knowledge-rich, challenging, engaging and fun! 

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced, and the content taught in a logical progression, in order to enable pupils to build the knowledge and skills required to meet the agreed end points. Objectives and concepts are repeated and developed in a variety of meaningful and exciting ways.  Linking our subjects to previous learning means that skills and knowledge will be embedded in our children’s long-term memory and facilitate deep learning so that they can make links and connections between learning. A broad and rich vocabulary is taught explicitly to enrich the cultural experience of our children.

The curriculum is designed to build curiosity and engage children with delight and enthusiasm to learn, enriched by outdoor learning and purposeful visits and activities to make meaningful and memorable memories. We seek to help our children develop lively, creative, enquiring minds and provide them with the skills and knowledge which will prepare them for successful, healthy lives in the ever-changing world in which they live.  

Our curriculum is underpinned by our Ready, Respectful, Safe (RRS) values and our vision for our children to become resilient and successful learners as well as well-rounded, caring, confident, citizens empowered to make valuable contributions to our school, community and beyond. 

Our RRS Values are embedded throughout our school- everything we do is guided by these principles:

Be ready – resilient successful learners

Be respectful – kindness, consideration and respect for all

Be safe  - healthy and fulfilling lives

Our School ‘Drivers’:

We have developed three curriculum drivers that shape our curriculum, encompass the aims and values of our school, and respond to the particular needs of our community:

Our Core Curriculum drivers are:

  • Enrich
  • Engage
  • Excel

We want all of our children to experience accomplishment in a wide range of areas. Our curriculum therefore provides our children with the appropriate balance of academic and personal development. It gives the correct importance to the core and foundation subjects, while placing high value on physical and mental wellbeing. We carefully balance the requirement for our children to reach national expectations in the core subjects, while providing a range of exciting and enriching experiences that allow our children to excel.


As a school we place great emphasis on reading; the key building block for future learning. By placing reading at the heart of our curriculum, we ensure full access to our varied and exciting curriculum. Our work is underpinned by quality texts that create a love for learning, enable the children to develop as confident readers and ensure they can progress across all learning areas. We build reading into all areas of our curriculum, from our …. to our class novel, to our ‘reading for pleasure’ time.

We believe that instilling a lifelong love of reading is crucial for our children’s academic achievement, mental health and their future economic success. 

Our ‘St Erme 12’

Pupils cannot aspire to things they have never encountered and cannot learn vital life skills without experience.  The St Erme school family have chosen twelve opportunities that the children will experience during their time at our school.  We believe that in order for our children to fulfil their potential they must be given a broad range of exciting opportunities to enable them to flourish, equipping them with the knowledge and cultural capital they need for future success:

We pledge that during their time at St Erme with Trispen School, our children will complete the ‘St Erme Twelve’:

  •        Go surfing and swim in the sea
  •        Visit a theatre
  •        Enjoy eating something you’ve grown
  •        Make a campfire
  •        Play an instrument
  •        Perform to an audience  
  •        Represent the school as part of a team
  •        Support a national or global cause or charity
  •        Stay a night away from home
  •        Visit a city outside of Cornwall
  •        Carry out a job or responsibility in school
  •        To have read all our recommended books