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At Waterfoot School, we think for ourselves but feel for others.


The Curriculum at Waterfoot Primary School



Our school motto ‘We think for ourselves but feel for others’ and our six values: responsibility, kindness, perseverance, confidence, resilience and respect underpin and are at the heart of our curriculum.


We aim to deliver the National Curriculum aims, in the most memorable, exciting, and effective way possible, where high standards are always sought and attention is always given to motivating children to be lifelong learners. One of the key aspects of our curriculum is how we make creative meaningful connections between our core and foundation subjects. Our main aim is connecting the curriculum through termly themes, with a clear focus on integrating and developing key reading, writing and maths skills. We teach and encourage a growth mindset approach, where children learn from their mistakes enabling them to become confident, creative, independent and inquisitive learners. 


At Waterfoot, we strive to provide all children, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability or race, with the best possible education, based on a broad and balanced curriculum with a clear entitlement to quality education which more than fulfils national requirements. Children are encouraged to learn in a way that is stimulating, fun and meets a variety of learning styles to accommodate the needs of all children.



There is a wealth of information regarding our whole school curriculum and below our key stage curriculum overviews and topic maps give you a deeper insight into how we work creatively to link the core and foundation subjects to enhance, deepen and excite learning. We also work hard to ensure clear progression and coverage of the teaching and learning of objectives across all core and foundation subjects and these can be seen through our subject curriculum overviews. We follow the Lancashire maths scheme and conduct Assertive Mentoring in maths to ensure we regularly revisit and recap on key skills. We utilise the Lancashire English units to aid our planning and teaching, promote the love of reading and writing and creatively connect our themes of learning which deepens our children's knowledge and understanding. In Early Years we follow a one year cycle and the curriculum themes are displayed below. As we have mixed age classes in Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 our curriculum themes follow a two yearly cycle as shown below. Our motto and school values are an essential part of our curriculum and we ensure children take on key roles within the school, become involved in the community, celebrate local and national traditions, develop their creativity and learn new skills taking an active part in events throughout the yearIf you wish to find out more about our curriculum and the amazing learning and teaching at Waterfoot Primary please read below and take a look at our policies on our school website or contact the school for further details.



Children at Waterfoot develop the knowledge, skills and mindset which allow them to become confident, lifelong learners. They are proud to be part of Waterfoot Primary and develop into individuals which reflect our school motto and values. The rich and comprehensive curriculum allows the children to develop a deep understanding of the world around them. To see examples of the children's amazing work and efforts take a look at the impact of the 'curriculum in action' by looking on our class pages, outdoor learning area or the latest news page on our school website.

Curriculum Themes at Waterfoot

Key Stage Curriculum Overviews - These documents demonstrate how we personalise our learning and make clear, purposeful connections between the subjects we teach.

Mathematics at Waterfoot


At Waterfoot we aim to develop children's confidence and mastery in Maths using the 'CPA' approach. This teaching style of concrete, pictorial and abstract learning allows the children to have a secure, deep and progressive knowledge and understanding of the mathematical concepts. We encourage and include problem solving and reasoning into our maths lessons and the wider curriculum.  We also use Assertive Mentoring in maths to allow the children to regularly revisit and embed key skills and develop confidence.

Maths and Sumdog - Our home learning tool

English at Waterfoot

At Waterfoot to develop early readers our phonics teaching follows the Letters and Sounds scheme in EYFS and KS1. We use a range of suitable reading schemes to enhance the children's phonic development, reading fluency, comprehension and most importantly that love for reading. The reading schemes we utilise - Oxford Reading Tree and Collins big Cat -  ensure we provide a rich range of resources for both home reads and Guided Reading that cover all genres; fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Science at Waterfoot


A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Across all the year groups pupils gain the knowledge and skills through a predominantly ‘working scientifically’ approach. Science teaching fits in, as far as possible, with our individual key stage topics and cross curricular approach. Making conscious connections between science and other subject areas means that pupils can benefit from a more connected learning experience. 

Computing at Waterfoot


We use the Purple Mash Scheme and our own personalised units throughout the school to teach computing. The units of work have been split over a two year cycle to maximise cross-curricular links and ensure progression and challenge. ICT is used within the classroom and across subjects to support the children's learning and to allow them to apply their computing skills.

Foundation Subjects at Waterfoot