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Every child is entitled to a good education and an education that is right for them,  We strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe, happy and secure environment, that allows them to achieve and excel. 



We are continually looking for ways to improve pour curriculum and are currently in the process of redesigning our curriculum to ensure all our pupils experience a depth of learning and develop an even greater depth of understanding. 



The curriculum at Oughterside Foundation School comprises all the learning and other development opportunities that pupils experience at the school. We aim to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced education, develop them to fulfil their potential and nurture them into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world of work. British Values underpin our entire ethos and curriculum.


We believe that education, at home and at school, is a route to moral, social, cultural, spiritual, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being of the individual. Education should also reaffirm our vision:

‘To foster mutual respect, openness, trust, tolerance & community in our pupils.’



At Oughterside, we also believe that:

  • Each pupil is entitled to receive the best education possible and to achieve the highest standards
  • The curriculum should prepare children for secondary school and beyond
  • The curriculum should meet pupil’s individual needs
  • Pupils learn best from a broad and challenging curriculum
  • The curriculum should involve first-hand experience and be taught in ways which make sense for pupils
  • Achievement in a range of subjects across the curriculum and beyond improves pupils’ confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to tackle more challenging work and develop a positive attitude to school


We aim to teach our broad and balanced curriculum in an engaging, interesting and inspirational way primarily through a skills based, topic approach. Our pupils lie at the heart of this thematic learning and play a large part in planning what they would like to learn as well. This approach provides a rich diversity of exciting themes that appeal to our children while still covering all the separate elements required by our National Curriculum.


We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and we offer a range of trips and visits to compliment their learning in school. Our comprehensive Visits Plan offers children opportunities to develop and explore the local area as well as visiting places of interest further afield. We provide a number of residential visits each year, which are exciting, varied and and fantastic opportunity for relationship building.


We have very high expectations for attainment and progress in all subject but we also offer a wide range of art, musical and sporting opportunities throughout key stage one and two. Children are given opportunities to participate in after school clubs linked to these curriculum areas and are often invited to participate in competitive events as part of the Aspatria Small School cluster.


If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.




KS1 Overview - Year A