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Safety, Learning and Respect - our three values. Thornhill Primary School is proud to be part of the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust. 'Safeguarding given the highest priority' ( OFSTED 2019)

What is our Curriculum?



We believe that our central role in school is to ensure learning. Our pupils need to learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for their futures as citizens of the world. To this end, we see our pupils both as individuals and as part of groups and communities of learners, with ever-changing needs. We also see our school staff as learners and believe that they have a key role in modelling positive attitudes to learning and education, especially for those, who do not have these role models elsewhere in their lives.


Our philosophy is therefore simple, we want the best for all those connected with our school, we have high aspirations in terms of learning and we believe we will get these through staff professional development and aspiration, by having a key focus on how children learn and by knowing our pupils and community well.


Our Curriculum is a reflection of this, it is flexible enough to allow for personalisation, creativity and developments in pedagogy. However, it still has a central focus on ensuring that the key skills our children need for their future are taught, refined and retained.

Our aim is to meet the needs of our community by working with our families to support children in the very earliest stages of their lives.


We intend that all pupils, regardless of  their socio-economic background, needs or academic starting point , will leave the school ready to embark on the next stages of their journey as young people. That they will:


  • Be able to read, write and speak effectively to allow them to communicate with others and learn effectively


  • That they will be able to calculate and problem solve effectively with a working knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division


  • That they will have a good understanding of their locality having visited areas of historical and geographical interest


  • That they will have the skills and knowledge to make healthy decisions about their wellbeing and to take appropriate risks


  • That they will have enjoyed an engaging Curriculum which has exposed them to a wide variety of learning experiences


  • That they will be citizens of the world, with an understanding of the similiarities and differences between people, global issues and their roles as part of a global community


  • Be resilient, independent, thoughtful, tolerant and kind




Pupils in the EYFS, KS1 And KS2 all follow different Curriculum overviews which meet the needs of children at different ages and stages. Where there is a significant Special Educational Need or Disability, pupils may work at a stage below their chronological age. In rare circumstances, exceptional pupils might work from a Curriculum above their chronological age.


Our Curriculum allows us to provide the following areas of learning:

  • Learning how to write (KS1) To become proficient writers ( KS2)
  • Learning to read and enjoy books ( KS1) To understand and appreciate a range of literature ( KS2)
  • Scientific knowledge and enquiry
  • Mathematics ( KS1) To apply  mathematical knowledge to solve problems ( KS2)
  • Physical fitness, co-ordination and sport
  • Technology and computing
  • Learning about the world
  • Communication and creativity
  • Learning about British Values
  • Learning Behaviours
  • Our learning community