The Curriculum

At Ludworth Primary School we seek to provide all children with a broad, balanced and creative curriculum matched to the individual needs of each child.  Our curriculum includes not only planned activities and experiences but can be directed by the children.  We believe strongly in experiential learning and putting our learning into context and recently we have been using the Forest Schools ethos to achieve this. In line with the new National Curriculum (2014), we have redesigned our curriculum. We have remained true to our ethos set out above and we are confident that we will continue to provide exciting, engaging learning experiences to enusure our children will continue to make good progress. We use Learning Challenges as key questions from where children develop an enquiry based approach to their learning. As we are a small school with mixed age classes, we have developed two curriculum cycles, thereby ensuring that children will not repeat learning or topic areas when they spend two years in one class. Thes curriculum maps can be found at the foot of this page. During the academic year 2018/19, the school is following the Cycle A.

In addition to this, since September 2014, we have been taking part in an exciting project to raise standards in Literacy: Success for All. This is a whole school approach to teaching reading and writing. Children are grouped by their reading ability. Children who are working at (old) National Curriculum level 2c and below work on a reading and phonics based programme called 'Roots' or 'Kinder Roots' if they are in our Early Years department. Roots and Kinder Roots consist of a very strong, synthetic phonics element which is begun much earlier in 'Kinder Corner'. Children who are working at (old) National Curriculum level 2b and above work on a reading and writing programme called 'Wings'. Both Roots and Wings develop the skills children need to decode and comprehend texts. Both programmes are based on whole book learning and use co-operative learning as a vehicle to improve confidence and outcomes. Working co-operatively allows every child to answer ever question, because if a question is worth asking it is worth everyone having a chance to answer. Children work in pairs and teams and are rewarded for good co-operative learning behaviour: Active Listening, Helping and Encouraging Each Other, Everyone Participates and Completing Tasks, Explaining Ideas. Although our involvement in this project has now ended, we were so impressed with the outcomes that we have decided to keep this in our curriculum. In addition to this, our school uses the Oxford Reading Tree as home reading books and great care is taken to match each child to the correct level of book. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 use Accelerated Reader to develop and map their reading skills.

Children in Foundation Stage work towards the learning goals of the Foundation Stage Profile.  This curriculum is very practical and lots of learning takes place through play. All children in this stage are assigned a Key Worker, this allows children to work in small groups and focus upon social and emotional skills such as talking in small groups.  Children continue to access Literacy activities, that are set out in the Early Years section of the Success for All strategy: Kinder Roots. 

Across the rest of the school all lessons take place within a flexible timetable, however Literacy and Mathematics tend to be taught during the morning sessions. Mathematics is taught in line with Curriculum 2014 and our long term plans can be found at the bottom of this page. Last year, we were working with the Archimedes Maths Hub to develop teaching for Maths Mastery. We are very happy with the progress the children have made using this approach and it is now firmly embedded in our school. The learning objectives for Design and Technology, Geography, History, Art and Music are taken from the National Curriculum but may be taught under an umbrella theme linked to one of our Learning Challenges.  ICT, while the skills are taught discretely, is involved in most lessons. The school uses a resource called Purple Mash to support this, including lessons on computer coding.   The children access at least 2 hours of quality PE each week either through specific coaches, attending swimming or through teacher / PE apprentice led activities.

Children also have the opportunity to experience RE, drama, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and pastoral care.

First hand experience is an essential part of the learning process and we aim to take our children out of school on trips and visits once each term and invite interesting people into school to work with the children, this however varies based upon the topic being covered.  

An act of daily worship is carried out each day during whole school and class assemblies. Every half term, a variety of visitors are invited in to lead these assemblies. Every term classes lead assemblies and parents are invited in to take part and then share coffee or tea and a biscuit with the children, their teachers and the Head Teacher.  Assemblies are non-denominational but mainly reflect Christian teaching and values.  All lessons are taken by the children, but parents should note that pupils may be withdrawn from Religious Education and Collective Worship.  If this is necessary this must be discussed with the Head teacher. The focus for the majority of our assemblies is the promotion of British Values, such as Acceptance and Tolerance, Respecting the Rule of Law, Freedom of Speech and Democracy.

Music is taught throughout the school and all children have the opportunity to be taught a musical instrument by one of the Local Authority’s music specialists during their time in Key Stage 2.

Information Communications Technology (ICT) plays a major role in society, and this is reflected in our curriculum. In our school we have a whole class set of iPad Minis, meaning that in some lessons, every child can have their own iPad to support their access to learning. We are very excited about the enrichment they bring to our curriculum.  We have 15 mobile lap tops and six high quality PCs in every class.

French is taught using resources developed by the Education Department of Durham County Council. We also work with our secondary colleagues to ensure high quality delivery of this subject.

Our latest focus has been on developing learning using the outdoors. We have received training in using Forest Schools techniques and we are thoroughly enjoying exploring this.

Sex & Relationships Education

Through our curriculum, children develop a growing understanding of changes, sexual health and positive relationships from an early age.  Year 5 and 6 children have a talk with the school nurse about puberty during the summer term.

Parents are very welcome to discuss any queries or concerns about this aspect of the curriculum with the school staff.

Home Learning

Our pupils are expected to carry out some learning at home during each week.  However, the type and amount varies considerably with the age and ability of the child.  All pupils may be asked to learn spellings and multiplication tables. Children need to read every day for at least ten minutes. They may be set extra tasks that we feel they may benefit from.


At Ludworth Primary we see Physical Education as an integral part of the primary curriculum and one of the ways of contributing towards developing the whole child. Our school has an enhanced service level agreement with the Durham and Chester-le-Street School Sports Partnership which means that we have access to high quality coaching, CPD (continued professional development for teachers) and a wide selection of sporting events throughout the year.

We have a well-planned PE programme based upon the National Curriculum, developing as the children move through the school.  All classes have regular timetabled lessons each week and  have 2 hours of quality PE.  We have a large playing field, yard areas and hall enabling PE to take place in all weathers.

Our children regularly take part in sporting events put on by the County such as rugby, gymnastics and dance.

Children from Year 1 upwards attend swimming sessions, a child is only permitted to miss a swimming session on receipt of a doctor's letter.


  1. Cycle A and B Long Term Plan Class 2
  2. Cycle A and B Long Term Plan Class 3
  3. Cycle A and B Long Term Plan Class 4

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About Us

Ludworth Primary School is situated in a rural part of County Durham.

The school not only serves the village of Ludworth but also attracts families from the surrounding villages of Thornley, Haswell, Haswell Plough and Shadforth.

We are very proud of our school and try to operate as a family where each and every child is of high importance, in an environment where they feel safe, secure and cared for. click here to learn more about our school →