Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is based on our central value of enabling children in understanding the world around them and preparing them for the next stage of their education. We use educational research to develop our teaching and learning, with the aim of developing our pupils as lifelong reflective learners. By the time pupils have left Longshaw Primary School, they will have mastered a range of subject specific skills and factual knowledge through careful planning for progression and depth.

We strive to prepare all pupils for lifelong effectiveness and success: for all pupils to feel triumphant in their achievements.


At Longshaw we use stimulating and relevant topics each half term to promote joined up thinking, use a common learning language (our Longshaw Learning Powers) to develop pupils understanding of expressing ‘how we think and learn’ and where pertinent link learning across different subjects. We believe that every child must access a curriculum that enables them to succeed and grow to their full potential, whatever that may be.

  • A sequence of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
  • Learning journeys across all subjects are shared with pupils to ensure that outcomes are clear and small steps are understood;
  • We endeavour to develop mastery in mathematics through following the White Rose Maths Hub curriculum;
  • A consistent whole school approach to teaching reading and writing, through which pupils are exposed to a variety of writing genres and quality children’s literature;
  • We use the 1decision PSHCE scheme of work and the Waltham Forest Lifeskills project for years 4,5 &6 to underpin pupil wellbeing;
  • Music and PE opportunities are important and opportunities are sought for pupils to perform at inspirational venues;
  • Our extra-curricular provision ensures all pupil interests are catered for.


The wider curriculum is delivered through the following consistent approaches:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must learn; 
  • Our Zoom in, Zoom out activity, which outlines key concepts/ideas in the learning journey to provide a baseline of current understanding and misconceptions; 
  • Conceptual questions for pupils to apply their learning through making links and questioning the impact of world events;
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;  
  • A curriculum newsletter for parents and carers so learners can be supported at home.  



Longshaw pupils love coming to school and will happily talk to visitors about their learning. Our pupils engage with all lessons and there is an overwhelming culture of respect within the school. As a result of our curriculum offer, pupils are making good progress.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; 
    • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school; 
    • Our zoom in, zoom activity enables us to track pupils understanding of key questions and factual knowledge;
    • Pupil responses to conceptual questions enable a review of the depth of pupils understanding in a subject
    • Pupil discussions about their learning; 
    • A sample of pupils’ learning across the school demonstrating mastery and greater depth of understanding; 
    • The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.


Our school curriculum overview:








This is me



Growing and Changing


Understanding Scary Things


Moving on Up



Marvellous Me


A Standing Ovation

My Local Area


A Spring in Our Step

Traditional Tales

Where Will Our Journey Take Us


Year 1


Learning at Longshaw




History of Transport


Here I am - our local Area

London's Skyline

Discovery - Europe 


Local Heroes


Year 2


The Great Fire of London


Here we are - Uk and beyond

Swinging Sixties

Chingford's Creatures

Discovery - Amazing Asia

1,2,3 Blast Off


Year 3


Learning at Longshaw


Stone Age to

Iron Age


United Kingdom - why settle here?

The Egyptians 

Mountains and Volcanoes

Discovery - South America

The Victorians 


Year 4


Anglo Saxons & Scots


The Vikings

Looking at Europe


Discovery - Oceania

Ancient Rome


Year 5


Learning at Longshaw


World War Two


Climates Across the World


The Tudors

The Romans in Britain

Discovery - North America



Investigating Water


Year 6


The Mayans


Lets Improve the Environment


Ancient Greeks

Living on the Edge

Discovery - Africa


Early Islamic Civilizations


To view our long term curriculum plans, please visit the links below:
Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    Year 6


Curriculum Newsletters

For each half term, we publish a curriculum booklet to provide information about the learning ahead. 
Autumn Term

Reception   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

Spring Term

Reception   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

Summer Term

Reception   Year1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

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