‘Teachers plan interesting work that relates to the ‘real world’. As a result pupils are highly motivated to learn.’

The Curriculum

At Worsthorne Primary School we offer a curriculum that is rich and exciting. The staff here work hard to make learning relevant and fun – and our pupils thrive as a result. The following quotes from our latest Ofsted report support our view that our pupils genuinely love learning:

‘ The curriculum provides a wide range of exciting experiences including after-school clubs. It is a significant contributory factor to pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’

‘Teachers plan interesting work that relates to the ‘real world’. As a result pupils are highly motivated to learn.’

‘The school provides an excellent range of visits and activities to excite pupils about learning. As one parent commented, ‘I am delighted with the creative and enriched education that my children are experiencing at Worsthorne Primary School.’ The curriculum is related very well to pupils’ interests and experiences.’

We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception Class and the National Curriculum in from Year One to Year Six. Links to both documents can be found below:

Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage The National Curriculum in England

Curriculum Intent 

We offer a broad academic curriculum that is underpinned by our four key aims. 


  • Every child a reader: A reading-rich curriculum which enhances learning, supports the development of communication skills and results in the acquisition of knowledge which is retained, so that pupils know more, remember more and learn more. 


  • Being good citizens: A curriculum which celebrates difference, develops an understanding of right and wrong, and which ensures pupils develop a strong moral compass. 


  • A love for learning and being curious: A curriculum that is exciting and engaging, which challenges children to think, question, problem solve and reason and offers hands on experiences.    


  • Learning behaviours for success: A curriculum which nurtures the learning behaviours that will help children to succeed: resilience, independence, reflective, creative, confident and respectful.   


Challenge Driven: 


Science, History, Geography, DT and Computing are all challenge driven. At the start of each unit of work, we get the children in role, whereby they take on real life jobs such as: zoologists, curators, documentarians, optometrists, reporters, astronauts, naturalists, cartographers and much more! Once the children understand their role they are faced with a challenge in the form of a letter, email or challenge card. The children complete their challenge at the end of the unit of work, so that they can revisit and apply all that they have learnt.   


Skills Driven: 


PE, Music and MFL are driven by the acquisition of skills. Skills can be acquired by doing, and the best way to master something is through regular practise or trial and error. Skill-based learning aims to build upon knowledge by developing practical expertise in a particular area. 


Discussion Driven: 


PHSE and RE are driven by discussion. Pupils are required to find new information together, talk, listen to others, and ultimately think for themselves. Discussion-based learning can lead to better practical knowledge and potentially improved long-term knowledge retention when compared to the more traditional format of lecture-based learning.  Good questions and answers can get children to think deeply and make connections. 


Teachers link together the skills and knowledge the pupils are required to learn into ‘themes’ or ‘topics’, which makes the learning more relevant and real for the children. Topics include learning taken from the relevant curriculum but are tailored to reflect the needs and interests of each class. First hand experiences are at the heart of each topic and the children regularly go off-site to visit other places or have expert visitors into school. 

If you would like more information on each subject in our curriculum, then please click on ‘curriculum’ and select the subject from the drop down bar.

For more information on what each class is taught, please refer to the class pages.

If you have any questions or would like further information then please contact Mrs. Sarah Nicholls on head@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk