Primary Curriculum

/Primary Curriculum
Primary Curriculum 2017-12-11T15:13:18+00:00


At Pathways Learning Centre we recognise the importance of reading, writing and communication skills and we ensure that these are embedded across all areas of the curriculum. The vast majority of our written work relates to our topics with teachers creating meaningful reasons, motivations and audiences for writing. As in other curriculum areas written work is carefully scaffolded to meet the individual learning needs of our children with the daily use of success criteria providing a clear guide. We are passionate about reading and all classes have daily guided reading sessions where the children read with an adult and complete activities tailored to their individual needs. Click here to see our English Curriculum Overview.


We believe that children’s mathematical skills flourish in an environment that is rich in mathematical opportunities and experiences. We aim to deliver a creative and experience based curriculum. We look for cross curricular links and provide in context Maths lessons wherever possible. We aim to make the tasks purposeful and relevant, with the use of practical resources and equipment to support the understanding mathematical concepts. For more information on the Maths curriculum click here.


We provide children the opportunity to develop positive attitudes to science and an enquiring mind.  Science learning is linked, where possible, to the class topic so that children are exploring and learning in a meaningful context. Learning is very much experiential and we provide a balance of content based lessons and practical investigations thereby developing both curriculum knowledge and the skills to work scientifically. For more information on the Science curriculum, click here


We are committed to preparing children for the increasingly technological world in which they live. We have invested in new technology and mobile devices including laptops and iPads. Our ICT curriculum is very much integrated into everyday learning.

Art /DT/Food

Art and DT and food are taught as discrete subjects and as part of our topic based approach to the curriculum. We have excellent specialist facilities and teachers at Pathways, enabling students to explore practical subjects in greater depth than would be possible in mainstream.

Physical Education (PE)

A sports specialist PE teacher delivers our PE programme on a weekly basis.  We focus on developing physical, social, personal and cognitive skills through a wide range of sports and activities. During PE and Games lessons pupils aim to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Focussed activities like cycling and walking in the nearby park and woods provide opportunities to learn new skills and build relationships

Religious Education (RE)

We introduce our children to the main principles of the major faiths and the way in which they guide people’s lives.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

SMSC education is a fundamental and substantial part of our curriculum. We hold a weekly assembly which celebrates children’s achievements in all aspects of their learning (both academic and behaviour). Children’s progress is acknowledged through the giving out of awards and certificates, linked to our rewards system at the weekly assembly. We celebrate diversity and focus on a range of current issues which may relate to topics or follow the particular interests of children as they arise. Primary pupils participate in whole school events and focus days. We employ a range of nurturing strategies to support emotional growth including, Forest School, Social Time, eating together and growing things.

Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship

Our PSHE curriculum helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to increase their confidence, lead a healthy lifestyle and to become responsible, caring citizens who understand and promote British values. We offer specialist intervention to support children’s social and emotional development.

E-Safety, Drug and Alcohol Education and Sex and Relationships education are also an important part of our PSHE as appropriate.

For an overview of our topic based curriculum click here


Children’s progress is assessed regularly throughout the year. All assessment is conducted in line with the school assessment policy. Children are assessed on their social and emotional progress as well as academic. We use a range of assessment information to plan appropriately for each child’s individual needs.