Athersley North Primary School

Curriculum Offer

Our Offer

At Athersley North Primary School we want our children to be confident individuals and begin a lifelong love of learning. 

Our curriculum allows children to gain the basic skills, knowledge and understanding, as they start out their educational journey supporting them to progress from their individual starting points and preparing them for the next stage of their education. 

Through carefully planned provision, we offer language rich opportunities to ensure children can communicate confidently, accurately and fluently. It is our intent that all children develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally in an environment which values cultures, communities and people. We work in close partnership with parents and carers to encourage, happy, independent learners who thrive in school with high aspirations to reach their full potential. We develop a strong sense of belonging within our school and local community. 

Our School Curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2) and the National Curriculum from Years 1 to 6.

As with the Early Years Curriculum, we understand that our children need to develop the skills to be good learners, our curriculum is designed to ensure that this happens.   

We strive to meet every child’s next steps in learning; for our children with SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities) our curriculum provision may require a greater degree of personalisation.

The school follows the objectives of the National Curriculum. 

If you would like to find out more, please contact the school office on 01226 288674 to arrange an appointment.

Athersley North Primary Curriculum Intent

At Athersley North Primary School, we have high expectations of our pupils and nurture academic success alongside creativity and imagination throughout the school curriculum. We help learners to secure the knowledge, skills and personal qualities they will need for future success. 

At Athersley North Primary School, we are working hard to ensure we equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Athersley North Primary School is built on and driven by 5 core values, our 5 ‘Rs’, which develop personal qualities that pupils will need for future success. All stakeholders are committed to enabling all of our learners to become Responsible, develop Resilience, take appropriate Risks and innovate, form effective Relationships and advance with key Reasoning skills.


Pupils have the responsibility to be honest, have respect for others and their environment, be fair, try hard and take accountability for their actions.

Risk Taking

Pupils will show courage in order to achieve their goals


Pupils think in a logical and sensible way to verbalise the 'why' and the 'how' in any given situation and vocalise their opinions in a democratic way.


Pupils are empathetic towards others and have the opportunity to share and support one another’s learning.


Pupils know how to overcome barriers or setbacks and are aware of their emotional reaction to situations.

We are committed to equality and endeavour to ensure that every pupil fulfils their potential regardless of background or personal circumstance.  We ensure that our provision is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all pupils, particularly those that arise from their ethnic heritage, social and economic background, gender, ability or disability.

We believe that childhood should be a happy and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

year Group Curriculum Content

Knowledge Organisers

At Athersley North Primary School, we use knowledge organisers for the majority of our subjects.

A knowledge organiser is a set of key facts or information that pupils need to know and be able to recall in order to master a unit or topic. At the beginning of a topic or unit of work, pupils are given a Knowledge Organiser to refer to throughout the unit of work. Every lesson, teachers will refer to the Knowledge Organiser to identify the key knowledge that has been covered in the lesson or in previous lessons.

Curriculum Intent

Through a high-quality Art and Design education, pupils will be engaged, inspired and challenged; equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

We endeavour for pupils to be keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. Learning will often be cross-curricular; helping to express feelings and emotions through art. Through creative learning experiences, pupils will develop resilience and ambition to do well and inspire others.

Art Long Term Plan

Art Vocabulary Plan

Art Example Drawing Progression

At Athersley North Primary School, we believe that Computing and the use of ICT is central to the education of all pupils.

We aim to give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to computing and the use of ICT in a non discriminating and effective way.

With the knowledge that Computing and ICT will undoubtedly continue to form a major part in the pupil’s life at home, in further education and places of work, we ensure the Computing and ICT experiences and abilities that the pupils are equipped with at Athersley North, are effective and transferable life skills. Therefore, our Computing curriculum is designed to equip pupils with the skills and understanding to live in a technological world; this includes being able to use a variety of computer software and coding programmes.

There is an emphasis on the importance of online safety for all year groups.

Long Term Plan

Computing Vocabulary Plan

Sample Computing Progression Strand

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Through Design and Technology pupils at Athersley North Primary school become competent in a range of cooking techniques, learning the basic skills required to cook a repertoire of dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy, varied diet.

At the heart of the curriculum is the desire to deliver a broad variety of lessons which prepare pupils to be successful in the subject and their wider lives.

We aim to achieve this through inspired teaching, thinking and learning that embraces new technologies whilst also maintaining the traditional skill set to enable pupils to become self- sufficient members of the wider community.

Design and Technology Long Term Plan

Design and Technology Vocabulary Plan

Sample DT Progression Strand

Whilst financial education is not statutory to the primary school curriculum, it is part of the citizenship element of the PSHE curriculum. At ANPS, we believe that the process of educating children in financial capability should be introduced to our primary aged pupils. We acknowledge that attitudes and life skills are being formed within the primary years and we know that our pupils are aware of money from an early age.

Research suggests that financial habits in adulthood are established by the age of just seven years old.

Through a dedicated ‘My Money Week’, our aim at ANPS is to ensure that pupils understand;

  • The importance of distinguishing between wants and needs and prioritising needs before wants 
  • How careless spending on wants can lead to later money problems
  • What a budget is and planning a budget
  • The different ways of paying for goods and services
  • The importance of saving for emergencies and an awareness of the different ways to save
  • The skills and qualifications required for different occupations
  • Awareness of the different levels of pay between occupations and the reasons why there are  pay differences
  • The need to plan ahead in regards to a career
  • The difference between gross and net pay
  • What is meant by financial risk
  • Why people borrow money and where they go to borrow money
  • The difference between affordable and problem borrowing
  • What gambling is and the dangers of gambling
  • How we decide if something is “good value”
  • How advertising influences consumers
  • What is meant by entrepreneurship and how ideas can be developed into a business 

The first ‘My Money Week’ this year will be from Monday 29th November to Friday 3rd December 2021.

Financial education is very closely linked to the Design Technology curriculum;  across all key stages we teach the importance of the home economics element of Textiles. We teach children the progressive life skills required through basic stitches to sew and repair items of clothing.

Throughout the Design Technology curriculum, across all key stages, we teach the importance of the home economics element of Food Technology. We teach children the progressive life skills required to understand healthy foods and nutrition, to become competent in a range of cooking techniques and to learn the basic skills required to cook a range of dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy, varied diet. 

We have worked closely with our local community shop and outreach centre so that our pupils can consider value for money by sourcing items and using these to prepare healthy, cost effective meals.

Money Matters Cultural Capital

Writing Intent

At Athersley North Primary School, we aim to provide a high quality Writing curriculum which will allow pupils to speak, read and write fluently so they are ready for the next phase of their education by the time they leave primary school.

Our curriculum reflects the context of our school and coincides with our school vision. We start with relentlessly high expectations to ensure pupils are closing the gap, improving and becoming successful, resilient writers. Throughout the pupil’s journey in primary school, we provide them with a range of opportunities to learn and apply writing skills across the curriculum.

Our school’s curriculum plan ensures all pupils access a high quality text as a driver for the writing. We then use a cycle of gather, grammar and go to teach and embed different writing skills through a unit. This cycle focuses on the features of a text, the grammar behind a text, the vocabulary that underpins the writing process as well as emphasising the importance of presentation through high expectation of handwriting and spelling so pupils are able to take responsibility for their own work. Our writing units focus around audience and purpose so pupils are able to reason and explain why they are writing in this way.

By the time pupils leave Athersley North Primary School, we aim to ensure they are proficient, independent writers.



Novel Study Writing Long Term Plan

Reading Intent

At Athersley North Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to ensuring our pupils become lifelong readers. We aim to strike a balance between teaching reading skills and fostering a love of reading. Our aim is to provide pupils with many opportunities to read throughout the school day through: whole class reading sessions, novel study, independent reading and class story time to build reading fluency but to also enjoy a text. 

Additionally, we work together to teach explicit reading skills which includes: summarising, retrieval, inference and predicting alongside a focus on vocabulary throughout. This allows pupils to understand the text as well as enjoy what they are reading. Our school’s curriculum plan ensures pupils are exposed to a wide range of books throughout the year as well as throughout their school journey. 

By the time pupils leave Athersley North Primary School, we hope they have built a love of reading and continue to build this as they continue their education.


Our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum supports pupils to develop key communication skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an aim of making substantial progress in one language.

We decided to teach the French language to support transition to Key Stage 3. The majority of Secondary schools in this catchment area provide French as a Languages option. By teaching French as our Modern Foreign Language we are ensuring pupils go into Key Stage 3 with the key vocabulary, grammar knowledge and basic skills in the French language to give them a head start to continue developing their language curriculum.

Pupils are provided with a knowledge of a new culture to encourage curiosity. We endeavour for pupils to foster an interest in travelling to new countries. France is easily accessible to the families by train and the pupils might be more likely to want to travel to the country to use their language skills.

Our school ensures that all pupils leave primary school with a bank of high frequency words, accurate pronunciation and the ability to construct sentences. Thus allowing our pupils to build on their experience of French and transitioning this in to the next phase of their linguistic adventure within Key Stage 3.

French Long Term Plan

The Geography curriculum at Athersley North Primary aims to develop pupil’s geographical skills such as collecting and analysing data and interpreting a range of sources such as maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photos. Pupils will develop their enquiry skills to a high standard and deepen their understanding of geographical concepts by developing key questioning skills.

The Geography curriculum sets out to develop independent thinkers who take responsibility for their learning and aspire to overcome obstacles in order to become critical learners. Pupils will develop their knowledge of the local area and develop strong relationships within the local community. Pupils will also develop their understanding of wider communities within Barnsley and South Yorkshire and in turn develop a strong understanding of key events in the wider world.

At Athersley North, we want to engage pupils in the Geography curriculum, so they are able to see that there are many exciting opportunities to go out and explore. We want pupils to aspire to travel and see the world for themselves one day and have the skills needed to navigate through adult life.

At Athersley North Primary, we have chosen seven areas of Geography which we believe will engage pupils in their Geography learning. We have developed these into progression stands and believe that these seven progression areas will enable pupils to embed a strong understanding of the Geography curriculum and in turn leave Athersley North as “geographers”.

Progression areas:

  1. Where we live
  2. To build an overview of the World
  3. Significance of climate events
  4. Human Changes and factors
  5. Similarity / Difference within a situation
  6. Locational references
  7. Communicate Geographically and investigate to answer questions.

Geography Long Term Plan

Geography Vocabulary Progression

Sample Geography Progression


The History Curriculum at Athersley North Primary School intends to offer all pupils the opportunity to act as historians and think critically about the past and engage in their own community heritage.
Pupils at Athersley North Primary School will have the opportunity to develop their enquiry and reasoning skills using primary and secondary sources as well as artefacts. This will allow them to make their own conclusions about significant historical events which have shaped and influenced the world.
The pupils at Athersley North will develop their enquiry skills through the process of answering a key question within their history topic. Each lesson within a topic will act as a stepping stone in order to help pupils answer the main enquiry question and form their own opinion at the end of a topic.
At Athersley North Primary, we have chosen seven disciplinary areas of history which we believe will engage pupils in their history learning. We have developed these into disciplinary knowledge progression stands and believe that these seven progression areas will enable pupils to embed a strong understanding of the history curriculum and in turn leave Athersley North as “historians”.
Our history curriculum is also driven by our eight key concepts of substantive knowledge. We believe that these key substantive concepts act as the “golden nuggets” of history and will help to develop a pupil’s understanding of vital moments from the past. A strong understanding of these eight substantive concepts will also help pupils make strong connections and links between a range of historical events. Our key substantive concepts are:  Government and tax, identity and diversity, invasion, law, monarchy, religion, settlement and trade.
The Key Stage One history curriculum introduces pupils to a range of topics and concepts that they will cover during Key Stage Two.
Within Key Stage Two, the chronology of the past will be studied in order to showcase how societies and cultures have developed over time. This will allow pupils to make their own connections to significant chronological historical events. Throughout the year, both Lower and Upper Key Stage Two study history topics in chronological order. This will enable pupils at Athersley North Primary School to embed an understanding of “deep time” and have a good understanding of when and where important historical events took place.
Our history curriculum will encourage pupils to respect and build strong relationships within their community and in turn develop a strong and positive outlook for the pupil’s own future.

History Long Term Plan
History Vocabulary Progression
Sample History Substantive Progression Plan
Sample Substantive Concept End Points
History Sample Progression Strand

At Athersley North Primary school, we aim for every pupil to develop a secure understanding of mathematics, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school. Our mathematics curriculum offers pupils a practical and engaging range of learning experiences.

We represent mathematical problems and numbers in different ways ensuring pupils access a range of concrete, abstract and pictorial representations. Staff and pupils promote and use a range of mathematical vocabulary which allows them to explain and discuss their understanding and give reasons for their choices.

Pupils are appropriately challenged and support is provided to ensure all pupils can access the mathematics curriculum. We hope every pupil will enjoy mathematics and see the value and importance of mathematics skills in everyday life.




The Music curriculum at Athersley North Primary School aims to ensure that all pupils are all able to express an understanding of beat, rhythm, traditions, learning to sing and use their voices.

Following the Charanga programme of study, we are able to bring learning to life in a fun and engaging way.

Our music curriculum will provide the opportunity to develop their risk taking and resilience skills and create a universal language which celebrates relationships and builds on tolerance. We expect our pupils to develop a love of music which we hope will improve self-confidence, creativity, sense of achievement and encourage future aspirations.

Music Long Term Plan

Music Vocabulary Plan

Music Sample Progression Strand

The intent of the PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which maximises outcomes for every child so that they become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Following the Jigsaw programme of study, we are able to bring learning to life in a fun and engaging way.

This equips pupils with a sound understanding of risk, particularly in this digital age and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Pupils learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society; they are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

PSHE is an integral part of school assemblies where pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated and challenged.


PSHE Long Term Plan

PSHE Vocabulary Plan

Sample PSHE Progression Strand


Phonics at Athersley North Primary teaches all children to read accurately, fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly and compose their ideas step by step.  Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1.We are determined that every pupil will learn to read, regardless of their background, needs or abilities. We have clear expectations of pupils’ phonics progress term by term to Year 2, and the school’s phonics programme aligns with these expectations. The sequence of reading books shows a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched closely to the school’s phonics programme.

We follow with fidelity the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell.  Our staff have received Ruth Miskin Training and as a school we are working towards raising standards in reading and writing for our children. 

Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children will have daily Read, Write, Inc. sessions and we will support our most vulnerable readers with extra one–to–one teaching every day.  Children with gaps in their phonic knowledge, reading, writing or fluency in Key Stage 2 are supported through high quality Read, Write, Inc. teaching and intervention.


Our PE curriculum is designed to provide pupils with the opportunities to participate in a broad and alternative range of physical activities to widen their experiences.

Pupils will gain knowledge and skills to use in a competitive environment, embedding values such as fairness and respect. This will promote physical and mental wellbeing thus enabling children to manage feelings from success to failure.

They will be provided with the tools to make informed choices to independently lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

PE Long Term Plan

PE Vocabulary Plan

Sample PE Progression Strand

At ANPS, pupils are taught knowledge and understanding around a range of different religions and worldwide views, including Christianity and other religions with a significant local presence; so that they can understand, describe, explain, analyse and investigate; allowing them to appreciate the beliefs and practices of those around them. It is our aim that pupils are able to reflect positively on their own identity, beliefs, values and experiences thus developing them as active, responsible and considerate citizens. Religious language use is ambitious and aspirational.

Pupils will recognise diversity, meanings and values within and between communities and amongst individuals due to their limited exposure to other religions, faiths and beliefs and thus promote tolerance and mutual respect towards others.

The RE curriculum enables pupils to develop positive attitudes by promoting shared values and challenging racism and discrimination.




Our curriculum intent for Science at Athersley North Primary School is to develop children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the nature, processes and method of science, for now and the future. This will be done through a variety of practical experiments to engage children to promote the enjoyment and fuel their own curiosity of scientific processes.

We will encourage children to plan, investigate and to question experiments from their own interests stemming from the National Curriculum Objectives.


Science Long Term Plan

Science Vocabulary Plan