Whaley Bridge ER Primary School


The curriculum at Whaley Bridge Primary School is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. We are  committed to developing each child’s unique potential within a secure and caring environment. We aim to teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way, primarily through a thematic approach which promotes high standards of learning and provides rich and memorable experiences.  We want our children to be happy, safe and be able to contribute to the local and global community in which they live.

The curriculum consists of  planned experiences in school and out: lessons, topic days, school council, ECO council, enrichment days, Outdoor Learning, Take part in the Art, assemblies, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops, residentials, fund raising, and community links. Outcomes may be designed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed for learning and for life.

The National Curriculum underpins all topic planning to ensure coverage and progression. To view The National Curriculum, please follow the link: The National Curriculum

You can find the whole school Long Term Overview below

WBPS - Long Term Curriculum Plan 2020-2021

Curriculum Overviews

To find out more about what your child will be learning, please click on the Curriculum Overviews. 


Year 1 & 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

ER Topic Web

 Reading and Phonics 

 At Whaley Bridge Primary School key stage 1 pupils undertake daily phonics lessons following the Jolly Phonics approach. This is complemented by fully decodable reading books from the Big Cat Collins book range.

The subjects we cover...

  • Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science
  • Foundation subjects: Art and design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages in KS2: French, Geography, History, Music *, Physical Education.
  • Schools are also required to teach Religious Education.
  • Personal, Social and Health Education ( including sex education) is also taught at Whaley Bridge Primary School                                       

*We offer Wider Opportunities music provision. In Year 3 all pupils will learn to play the djembe drums. There are also peripatetic teachers who teach woodwind, string and piano.

As a whole school, we cover the foundation elements of the curriculum using a creative approach based around the “Cornerstones Curriculum”. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

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