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 At Blackburn Primary School we provide a curriculum that Inspires Excellence, nurtures well-rounded children and through carefully thought out schemes of learning support our children to go on and make a positive contribution to society

Our curriculum is designed to:

  • Inspire excellence and be ambitious for all
  • Nurture children who are interested in learning and interesting to talk to because of their deep conceptual knowledge 

To achieve this we: 

  • Have reading at the heart of everything; supporting children to be literate and choose to read because they love it
  • Follow National Curriculum
  • Ensure learning is sequential and progressive building learning over time (The big picture)
  • Teach discreet subjects with the aim of preserving the unique nature of each subject
  • Design learning to provide the knowledge and cultural capital to help children understand their place in the world and make a positive difference to it
  • Are creative because of the solid foundations in learning that the children are provided
  • Support, nurture and explicitly teach children so they are prepared for later life

Concept building

For each subject we have worked hard to establish our key concepts. To do this we have made use of knowledge bases such as the Historical or Geographical Association, Local Authority advisors, leading thinkers in their respective subjects and teachers from our link secondary schools. Key concepts are important ideas or themes that are central to a particular subject. We like to think of a key concept growing through units of work in each year group. They are revisited on multiple occasions. Designing our curriculum in this way lets us think about the most important knowledge we ensure each pupil gains through a specific unit of work. You can view the key concepts by clicking on the specific subject pages.




As a school, we ensure that our children receive the same quality of education, no matter what class they are in. To do this we create active ingredients or guiding principles that support our working practices. Below you can see an example from Writing:


We believe that teachers should have autonomy over their working practices and how the active ingredients are enacted in their classroom. Staff need to experience success through mastering the craft of teaching. Their purpose needs to align with the school’s and they need to feel that they belong to the team and the community.

Therefore within each subject we identify active ingredients and create a ‘subject on a page’ to share with everyone the consistencies we have as a school.  



Our aim is for the intended curriculum to be remembered. To do this we ensure that our curriculum is designed in a way that makes knowledge and behaviours systematic across school so that every child benefits and not just the lucky ones that happen to be in the right classroom. This means that although staff are not asked to use a particular method, we do plan each unit in detail to ensure we can check that the curriculum is learnt and retained. Units are designed to build on prior units and provide children with opportunities to retrieve knowledge and use it in different contexts. Examples can be seen the images below:



Y4 History

Y1 Geography

Y5/6 PE

Knowledge Organisers

Our long-term plans give an overview of learning across school. In history, the next step is to dig deeper down into each area of learning and identify the knowledge and skills that children need to retain to move forward in their learning. Our knowledge organisers display in detail what will be taught during the unit of learning. They are used in lessons and shared with families at home. Examples are displayed on the history subject page.

To read more about our curriculum please view the presentation below. 

To request more information about our school curriculum or printed copies of any documents please contact 


Our curriculum

Thank you to Andrew Percival of Stanley Road Primary School, Oldham, who has contributed to some of the slides

Subject overview long term plan