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Our Curriculum

     Long Row Primary School Curriculum 


At Long Row we follow the National Curriculum and have high expectations for all our children.

In order to forge a sense of belonging, we deliver a broad, balanced, ambitious curriculum, a curriculum with purposeful, authentic outcomes, that are relevant to our location in a World Heritage Site. Local community links are embedded as we develop understanding and skills in a carefully sequenced manner. Our mastery approach involves in-depth and high-quality learning which builds on prior knowledge and inspires a desire to be a lifelong learner.


Knowledge is at the centre of our curriculum which has been developed around the three terms and follows a two year cycle of topics as we have mixed age classes. Each topic has carefully chosen concepts, which will encourage the children to think more deeply about the world around them. The concepts will be used as a thread across the different subject areas and will be subject of class discussions and debates. We have produced progression grids for each subject area to ensure the specific skills are taught with the knowledge. We use these to aid our planning so that children’s knowledge and skills build over time.


In the Autumn Term, we are all Historians - Discover Curriculum

During the Spring Term, the whole school will be Geographers - Explore curriculum 

In the Summer term, we are Artists and Designers - Create curriculum 


We aim to make learning as ‘real’ as possible, therefore we enhance our curriculum with a variety of visits/ visitors within each project. Each project also has an authentic outcome that children will be working towards as their learning progresses. These outcomes are for an audience/purpose.

For example:-

  • Producing leaflets to promote tourism in Belper
  • Art displays for the local community
  • Setting up a museum display
  • Publishing a book linked to the project


Whilst there is a specific focus for each term, children access all other subjects discretely. PE, Computing, Science, Music, RE, and Languages in KS2 continue to be taught weekly throughout the year. Please see our curriculum overview and subject coverage below. If you have any questions about our curriculum please email us at school. 

Implementing our curriculum

We recognise that characteristics of effective learning develop across all subjects and year groups. 

In planning and guiding what the children will learn, we will reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust our practice appropriately. The generic skills developed across our curriculum are the characteristics of effective learning. We encourage all our children to: 

• play and explore – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’  

• be active learners – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements, assess themselves and others, collaborate 

• create and think critically – children have and develop their own ideas and explore possibilities and new solutions when facing challenge explore and make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things, ask questions to develop and extend thinking.  

Cross curricular links/Basic skills: Communicate ideas in writing, speak clearly to articulate ideas confidently, read and understand a variety of texts, calculate efficiently and apply mathematical skills to solve problems  and use IT confidently and effectively.

Please use this link to access information regarding the curriculum for pupils with SEND SEND / Inclusion | Long Row Primary School (

After reading through the curriculum overview and subjects links below, if you require any further information please don't hesitate to contact us by email on