Key Stage 1 & 2 Curriculum


The skills of reading, writing and listening lie at the heart of our curriculum. They are taught as discrete subjects and practised within all other areas of the curriculum. English is taught during a daily literacy hour during which the children will receive whole class teaching of specific literacy skills that enable them to speak, listen and read and write with increasing confidence.  Reading is a daily activity for all children at North Walkden and we use the 'Letter and Sounds' phonics programme to support this, you can find a link to the webpage in our learning zone. We also use the following reading schemes to support the curriculum:
Oxford Reading Tree, Tree Tops and Project X


At North Walkden we aim to present mathematics in an interesting and stimulating way so that children enjoy using their skills and knowledge and have confidence in applying them in all areas of Numeracy.  This means much more than just 'doing sums' or being able to manipulate numbers and symbols, although these are important. We currently use a wide variety of materials and practical resources that support the National Numeracy Strategy. This involves all children taking part in a daily maths lesson which focuses on oral, mental, written and practical Numeracy skills.

Click HERE for a useful guide for MATHS MASTERY

British Values

The New National curriculum 2014 states that all children should be taught British Values. At North Walkden we endeavour to promote and teach British Values across the curriculum, for example through history, RE and PSHE at an age appropriate level. Our whole school assemblies are often themed around British Values too.


At North Walkden children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in through investigation. They will be encouraged to develop an enquiring mind and will be provided with first hand experiences to help them understand themselves and the world they live in. Pupils will be taught to think critically and creatively, and to collect evidence by making observations and measurements when trying to answer questions. They will learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.


Computing prepares the pupils at North Walkden for the rapidly changing world. The aim of the school is to give children access to all areas of IT. Wherever possible, computing is used to support and develop other learning which is taking place within the classroom. Computing is used as a cross curricular tool and we aim to give children access to and provide experience of appropriate hardware and software to enable them to achieve the highest level of competence and understanding. In order to achieve these aims and objectives, the teaching of Computing is organised in a way that supports and enhances learning, especially in Literacy, Numeracy and Science.


The study of history is done in blocked units of work and helps to fire the children’s imagination and curiosity about the past. Throughout the blocked units of work the children will learn about major events/people, and will use a series of enquiry skills to help them develop their knowledge of chronology and gain an increased understanding of the past. Where appropriate, links will be made with other areas of the curriculum.


Geography develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a wide range of investigative and problem solving skills, both inside and outside school. Geography helps the pupils of North Walkden gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places. It helps them think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.


Art is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. It stimulates creativity and imagination. The children follow a balanced programme of study, which takes account of abilities, aptitudes, physical, emotional and intellectual development. During art lessons the children are provided with a range of skills, concepts and attitudes and they are taught a range of techniques and methods of working.


Music is a practical, creative subject that can be of benefit to all pupils in developing imagination, the ability to listen attentively, the opportunity to develop confidence and the chance to express personal thoughts and feelings. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to each other. Our pupils are given access to a wide variety of musical forms, but most of all we promote the enjoyment of music.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. It is a subject that involves the children designing, making and modifying things that work, so it is a practical based subject. Design and Technology enables the children to work with a wide range of materials, to be creative, to become problem solvers and it gives them enjoyable hands-on experience. This subject also enables the children to work individually or as part of a team.

Physical Education - PE

PE is about developing enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activities. Pupils at North Walkden will spend a minimum of two hours a week participating in high quality PE and sporting activities.  Our PE programme covers games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics and outdoor pursuits. The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one’s own and others strengths and weaknesses is considered to be an important part of the learning process. We hope that pupils will develop a healthy competitive spirit, leadership and sportsmanship qualities and a positive attitude towards a healthy and active lifestyle.

Religious Education - RE

RE develops knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs and practices and makes a strong contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils.  Religious Education at North Walkden follows the guidelines set out in Salford’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. While the curriculum centres on the Christian faith, children have the opportunity to learn about all the principal religions represented in Great Britain. Through this curriculum we aim to encourage children to understand, empathise and tolerate all cultures and faiths in our multi-cultural society.

At North Walkden, pupils participate in a daily act of collective worship. Pupils visit St. John’s church regularly, and enjoy whole school celebrations of Christian festivals to which families are always welcome. 
Parents/carers have the legal right to withdraw their children from worship and religious education. Should you wish to do so, please notify the Executive Headteacher.


PSHE is a non-statutory subject. Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum 2014.


For further information about the national curriculum please click on the link below.


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