The curriculum at Ashleigh is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.

It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.

The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

At Ashleigh Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Pupils work on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through our use of Twinkl phonics and developing their fluency in reading.

The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed upon completion. Regular monitoring by Subject Leaders ensures coverage and progression throughout the school. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum, including through assemblies.

The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculum are taught in classes in each year group. In all year groups, there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

Specialist instructors support physical education lessons and all subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, such as Science and Geography. The outdoor classroom and our nurture provision further enhances leaning.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

PSHE at Woden is taught through the Twinkl PSHE scheme of work with resources from JIGSAW. This is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Early Years through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.

Curriculum Implementation

Reception Curriculum

In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, updated in September 2021 by the DfE. This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. These areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Continuous Provision is an important part of the weekly timetable. The amount of time allocated to this will reduce in Reception as we progress through the academic year. Reading in Reception is supported by the use of decodable books which the children are able to access independently and is linked to phonics learning.


Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary. Literacy is taught in a cross-curricular way wherever possible, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Their vocabulary is developed systematically. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely.

We use the Rhino Scheme for reading in KS1 plus Twinkl for our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups. Teachers and support staff also read regularly to pupils, modelling expression and accurate diction. The whole class reading sessions cover both fiction and non-fiction books. Whole class reading also develops the children’s comprehension skills. A range of ICT programmes are used to enhance learning. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.

We develop writing skills so that our Reception pupils have the stamina and ability to write simple statements and sentences. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use Literacy Shed to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by ensuring opportunities for children’s writing to be displayed and shared to be read by real audiences.

Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons.

National Curriculum English Programmes of Study: of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study


Our teachers ensure that mathematical skills are taught every day. They also use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Our pupils understand the importance of mathematics, are encouraged to be confident in numeracy and to apply the skills that they learn to reasoning and problem solving tasks. Activities developed cover a wide range of mathematical knowledge, many with an emphasis on practical work such as using Numicon to support children’s understanding of number bonds or fractions. In Reception pupils work on number, place and value, learn how to do basic addition and subtraction, take measurements and recognise basic shapes and their properties. We build on skills and understanding in a step by step way and continue to develop place value, the four number operations and the understanding of fractional parts. There are extra activities throughout the year to promote mathematical skills and thinking eg. Rotakids charity event in Y5.

National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study: programmes-of-study


Science is taught as a separate lesson but is linked to our foundation subjects where appropriate. We encourage our pupils to be curious about natural phenomenon and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them. In Reception we start to develop blocks of knowledge and concepts alongside the development of enquiry skills. Key scientific terminology is introduced each lesson. Pupils are able to carry out simple tests and experiments using equipment and to gather and record data..

National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study: programmes-of-study

Art and Design

Art has a very important place in our curriculum and is woven into our half termly topics. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression and it provides opportunities for collaborative work. It is an important form of cultural expression and, therefore, has significance and meaning for all our children. Our teaching provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media.

They will be introduced to the Great Masters and a wide variety of other artists and their styles. Our school art gallery is displayed on our website showing examples of the projects completed throughout the year. We achieved the Artsmark award which further enhanced the status of all creative subjects throughout school.

Design Technology

Our Design and Technology lessons encourage the designing and making of products to solve real and relevant problems. Lessons follow a clear design process of research, design, make and evaluate and Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics. Our cooking lessons teach the principles of nutrition and our pupils learn how to prepare and make a wide variety of simple recipes. They understand where our food comes from and how it is grown.

National Curriculum Art Programmes of Study programmes-of-study


Drama and role play is used as a key tool in developing oral skills, vocabulary development, building confidence and self- esteem, and as an essential tool in developing imaginative, expressive, and persuasive spoken and written language. ‘Hot seating’, and ‘response in role’ drama techniques are used in English lessons aid the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Imaginative role play is fundamental to developing the whole child, not just in Early Years and KS1 education, but also as they children develop, and our curriculum provides opportunities to perform to wider audiences through assemblies and events around key festivals. There are many opportunities for our pupils to perform as they progress through the school, with every child taking part in a production every year.


We have discreet timetable time for the development of ICT skills but we also aim to integrate ICT into all lessons: the use of laptops and other hardware such as tablets and cameras is as much part of our learning tools as pencils and pens. Subject specific software, from one-off programmes to learning platforms, support teaching and learning across all years. The children develop their skills, starting in Year 1 with mouse control, keyboard skills, saving and printing work. They draw pictures, write and use the internet to carry out research. They then progress to more complex skills such as data analysis and coding. Pupils are taught how to use technology safely and identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns. We also have a highly effective group of ‘Digital Ambassadors’ which consists of pupils from Years 5 and 6 who support IT and internet safety work across the school.

National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study: programmes-of-study

Modern Foreign Language

From Year 3 to Year 6 we teach French to all children. Our approach is to make learning a new language fun! Repetition and practice are essential in learning a new language so songs and games will be regularly used. We have discreet lessons on the timetable but we aim to also integrate the foreign language into the everyday routine. We are very fortunate to have made excellent links with a local secondary school who have supported us with specialist teaching sessions, further developing our children’s learning n French.

We are take children from Y5 and Y6 to Paris every other year, giving them real life opportunities to practice the French they have learnt in school.

National Curriculum Language Programmes of Study programmes-of-study


Our music curriculum is taught through a scheme called ‘Charanga’. Through this programme, pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Assemblies also provide an opportunity to practise singing. Pupils are taught to play a variety of instruments musically and encouraged to play together in ensemble groups. We encourage listening to a wide range of music with concentration and understanding. We also have visiting peripatetic teachers who teach woodwind, string and brass instruments such as saxophone, flute and violin to any children who are interested. All children learn to play the violin in Y4.

National Curriculum Music Programmes of Study: of-study

Physical Education (PE)

Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils focus on mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. Pupils are encouraged to participate in team games and to develop simple tactics for being an effective team member. Key Stage 2 pupils have an afternoon of games once a week. Indoor PE is held in one of our large hall spaces and includes music and movement, dance, apparatus work and team building. Swimming is timetabled in Years 4 to 6. We ensure wider participation in the community by involvement in interschool sports and swimming tournaments and local authority competitions. We are fortunate to have the support of SportCool coaches to provide additional support and training in PE and also lead after-school clubs such as dance and multi-skills.

PE Programmes of Study: programmes-of-study


PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Economics education) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential. In our work and through assemblies we actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.

All our year groups have timetabled PSHE time but we encourage a cross-curricular approach to the development of PSHE skills and understanding. This area is taught through the Twinkl PSHE scheme of work supported by resources from JIGSAW. This is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the whole Primary School from Reception through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.

Circle time is used to listen to others and to be heard. Pupils learn about similarities and differences between people and cultures. They participate in a variety of cultural events such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Shrove Tuesday and Shavuot. All pupils are taught about anti bullying and how to respond to or support each other.

Please see our ‘Cultural Capital’ webpage for further information.

National Curriculum PSHE programmes of Study pshe

Religious Education

We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (SACRE) produced by Blackburn with Darwen. Religious Education (RE) is taught to all children. Our teaching promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. It reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions represented in Great Britain. Our teaching enables pupils to acquire knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, attitudes, practices and rituals. They will also develop their own beliefs and values. They will also be aware that some people have no attachment to religious beliefs and follow secular philosophies. We have developed close links with the local community and number of places of worship including our local church, and aim to provide our pupils with a wealth of experience to support their understanding of different faiths.

Religious Education DfE Guidance statutory-guidance-2010

Humanities: History and Geography

We use topics to deliver humanities subject skills and understanding. Our topic programme is carefully balanced and planned to be age appropriate across the years. Curriculum maps are produced to show how each is taught, the knowledge and skills covered and links to other parts of the curriculum. It is important to us that art, music, literacy and where appropriate numeracy and science are linked in topic teaching. So, for example, a history Romans topic could include urn making in art, catapult construction in design and technology and catapult testing and measuring in maths and science. Our topics have a history and geography base where possible so that we teach location and place knowledge, weather and climate skills and knowledge and about significant historical events, people and places in our own locality. This area also provides further opportunities to learn about people and cultures. A wide variety of trips to support pupils’ learning and to enhance the curriculum are organised across the academic year.

Humanities Programmes of Study: programmes-of-study of-study

Curriculum Enrichment

We are committed to the broadest educational offering, and that means looking beyond the National Curriculum. A very successful enrichment programme that draws upon a wide range of skills is offered through school trips, visiting specialists and themed days and weeks.

Trips and Visits

We plan a series of trips each term for each year group and these are linked to areas studied. The trips are directly linked to our topic work for example a Tudors topic may include a Tudor day where they get to experience life as a Tudor and handle artefacts relating to this era. Our location gives us access to a variety of historic and educational institutions and we also ensure that local facilities and sites are selected for visits and supported by the school, for example, Helmshore Textile Museum, Hoghton Tower, Blackpool Illuminations. We have formed relationships with organisations around Blackburn with Darwen and incorporate activities with them into our curriculum eg the local Rotary Club work with Y5 children to raise money for a charity each year, and we attend a regional event each summer. Whenever possible, classes use the school minibus, thereby keeping voluntary cost contributions as low as possible for parents.

Children in Y5 and Y6 visit London and Paris on alternate years, with Y6 visiting Winmarleigh Hall to take part in an outward bound activity week.

Workshops and specialists

A wide range of workshops are provided throughout the academic year. We invite specialists from a range of institutions eg the Bolton  Music Service. We also have close links with our PCSO who often attends school to discuss key issues such as internet safety with our children.

Themed days

We have a range of themed days throughout the year eg Book week to help boost reading for pleasure, Anti-Bullying, Children in Need.

Themed days are also incorporated into curriculum. These may be designed to fit with national initiatives eg NSPCC Numberday, to match with events in the UK eg a national election and also to highlight our curriculum subjects eg Science Day.

Extra-curricular activities

A wide range of age-appropriate clubs is offered after school for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. Typically, these could include art, iPads, handwriting, films, gardening, cheerleading, football and a huge choir!

All After School Clubs are effectively monitored by our Curriculum Enhancement Leader. This is in terms of pupil participation and attendance, ensuring that all pupils have an equal opportunity to attend a club. Pupils that have received a grant from the government are also closely monitored to support the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged children.

Wrap Around Care

We provide an ‘extended day’ for working parents and carers from 7.30am until 6.00pm. Our Breakfast club allows parents to drop children off early. The pupils are given a healthy and nourishing breakfast. After school, children are cared for in an environment that allows them to socialise, engage in playing with appropriate games and toys, as well as read and relax, they are also given a drink and snack. The after school provision is provided by an external company, but using school staff.

Curriculum Impact

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Head teacher and Leadership Team continuously monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum. Feedback from parent and pupil surveys and pupil progress data will be considered. Action points are agreed and discussed with staff. The HT includes curriculum developments in termly reports to Governors.

Pupils are assessed using progression of skills, clear learning objectives linked to each area of the curriculum and detailed plans that ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. This is monitored regularly by Subject Leaders which ensures clear next steps are provided for pupils and that they know, remember and are able to do more.

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

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