Lydiate Primary and Nursery School

Inspire. Achieve. Prepare for life.

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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 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 2020

Please see below the powerpoint used in the Parents Phonics Meeting on 3rd October 2019. This presentation was given by Reception and Year 1 teachers, who explained how we teach phonics and reading at Lydiate Primary & Nursery School.

At Lydiate Primary School we use Lancashire planning documents to enable teachers to carefully plan lessons using a mathematics mastery approach.  This ensures children develop a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of maths. This approach allows all pupils to benefit from deepening their conceptual  understanding, regardless of whether they have previously struggled or excelled. We use the mastery approach of concrete, pictorial, abstract to help pupils to explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving takes place throughout every mathematics lesson.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Lydiate Primary and Nursery school we provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment in which all children can succeed.  We understand the importance of purposeful play based learning and how practical, real life experiences offer the best possible context for children to make decisions, think creatively and critically and also try to meet challenges.


We believe that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which children explore, investigate, discover, create, practice, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes.


During the Foundation Stage, children are given the opportunity to develop their learning through playing and talking with other children and interacting with practitioners.  Children will learn through a combination of play based activities which may be self chosen or adult led, and more structured whole class or small group teaching.  Practitioners support learning through interacting, questioning, responding to questions,  observing and assessing and reporting children’s progress. 


Much of our planning arises from the personal interests of our children.  The topic webs below show the themes we are following for this current year.  


Foundation Subjects in Years 1-6


We are in the midst of a whole-scale review of our foundation subjects. Our staff members have worked really hard to create new and inspiring learning journeys for our pupils, based on our curriculum philosophy. 


Our new History, Geography and Science overviews are complete, so these are available for you to view for yourselves. We are currently working on Art, DT, RE and MFL so will publish those as soon as they are ready. 


Our PE, Music, PSHE and Computing lessons are delivered through dedicated online schemes. In each case, the curriculum leader for each subject has researched the very best way of delivering lessons and has chosen particular programmes which help us to deliver the highest quality education for your child. Of course, we apply the same principles of ensuring that our pupils are inspired, will achieve and will be prepared for life.


We share with you the overviews for each of these subject below.


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