Lydiate Primary and Nursery School

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Curriculum Overview

The philosophy behind our curriculum is the same as our school motto: we want to inspire our pupils, enable them to achieve and ultimately, prepare them for life.


We ensure that our pupils build up their knowledge and skills within each subject in a progressive and age-appropriate way. We understand that, to truly retain knowledge, links must be made between existing and new knowledge and that this new learning must enter the pupils’ long term memory. To help them remember, we draw on a range of remembering strategies such as mind maps, quizzes, two-page spreads and flashcards.


Of course, learning cannot take place if the pupils are not inspired and their interest is not fully captured, so we plan hooks for each topic to draw our pupils in. Where there are opportunities to make choices about curriculum content, we have made sure these choices are interesting and relevant to the context of the school.


We recognise how excited our pupils become at the prospect of a trip or visitor, so we use these opportunities to embed learning and enhance their understanding through real-life, visual experiences. 


Neither can effective learning take place in isolation. The best learners are able to apply their learning across a range of contexts and build effectively on a range of previous learning. We therefore provide horizontal, vertical and diagonal links within and across subjects wherever possible.


The best quality learning takes place when lessons are pitched at the correct level, taking into account what our pupils already know and bridging the gap between their current understanding and their end-of-year goals. We therefore make these relevant checks before beginning each new area of learning, and constantly monitor where our pupils are in their learning journeys.


We leave no child behind. Whatever each child's ability, we plan carefully to address their needs. We create opportunities to challenge our Gifted and Talented pupils to work at a greater depth, while also supporting our pupils with particular needs.


We have also worked hard on ensuring that lessons are structured in a way that encourages pupils to learn best. We use an interactive approach, aiming to develop our pupils as resilient and independent learners who are self-aware and know which strategies work best for them. Within each lesson, we ensure that the children are active and fully involved in their learning, and teachers constantly alter their lessons as appropriate according to assessment for learning.


Please take a look at our subject overview pages for more information about our curriculum.

Please see class pages for specific information about your child's learning within the current term.


If you have any further questions about our curriculum, please feel free to ask!


Mrs Laycock

March 2021

  • School Award
  • School Award
  • School Award
  • School Award
  • School Award
  • School Award