Curriculum – Our Intent

Our intent is to provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and succeed in the modern world. 

We will encourage children to be curious and ask questions, deepen their understanding of the world around them and develop their own opinions. Sea Mills’ heritage and community, along with family involvement, is central to our curriculum design.

On leaving us for the next stage of learning, we aim for all of our children to reach their full potential in reading, writing and maths which will enable them to engage with the full curriculum. 

We support the whole family through specialised pastoral support which promotes emotional health and wellbeing for all.

Our children will be happy, respectful, responsible members of society. We will nurture resilient and confident  learners with high aspirations.

 Whole School Ethos


We passionately believe in and deliver an enquiry based curriculum which builds children’s social and emotional resilience, draws upon the latest research in brain development and recognises the importance of strong relationships with parents, families and teachers.

To fulfill our aim of creating successful children who engage better in their learning and gain skills for future successes in society we have adopted a wonderful approach known as Thrive.

Through our Thrive approach of using the latest research into brain development we know that the brain has incredible plasticity. This means that new pathways can be developed in a child’s brain! Our skill as Thrive practitioners is to help the child to develop new pathways where they are needed most by using skilled assessment around six Thrive Developmental Strands.

Our Thrive practitioners have undergone rigorous training to ensure they are fully equipped to work with the wider staff team to deliver breathtakingly simple and effective strategies and activities which support the development of each unique child. These tried and tested strategies and activities are individualised for children and their families to provide unique experiences, which done repeatedly with a familiar adult do many things including:

  • developing a child’s strong sense of self-worth
  • supporting a child’s growing capacity to make sense of the world
  • supporting the development of neuronal pathways in the brain that positively contribute to healthy stress management systems
  • enabling a child to be able to think whilst having strong feelings
  • building a child’s ability to be able to make choices about their behaviour
  • building a child’s capacity to self-soothe and understand their emotions

At Sea Mills Primary School we follow the National Curriculum; if you would like to find out more about our curriculum and how it is delivered, please feel free to talk to a member of staff or make an appointment with the main office to come in and find out more.