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Curriculum: Overview

We work as a team in school to provide a deep, rich and joined-up curriculum which provides a clear progression of knowledge for the children to gain mastery and understanding. We provide a range of opportunities to explore, think, understand and apply learning; while we aim to add quality and value to the curriculum through a wealth of motivating real experiences. 


Children learn to be active readers, creative writers and artists, resourceful mathematicians, curious scientists, confident athletes, musicians and performers, inquisitive historians and geographers, and more. They do this through acquiring knowledge and practising key skills, so that they are ready for the next stage of their learning in Key Stage 3


‘You have a curriculum which helps pupils to use their initiative and develop their thinking.  You teach pupils to work independently and be resourceful in their learning’ – Ofsted 2018


We are always looking to develop our children as learners who are curious, resilient, caring, reflective, collaborative and resourceful, with the attitudes to succeed and adapt in a changing world. 


Throughout the school, we place emphasis on four key curriculum “drivers”, which we see as priorities for life as a young person in Penrith today. These drivers are: 

  • Enquiry; 
  • Knowledge of the World and Global Learning
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Wellbeing; and 
  • Learning to Learn; 


Philosophy for Children (P4C) is taught to underpin our enquiry based approach, and North Lakes School was re-accredited with the SAPERE Gold Award for P4C in July 2019.


Details of our curriculum are available on the website and an overview of the children’s learning is provided for parents each term.


Updated July 2023