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Curriculum Information

The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught. The Government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development. At Willow Tree Primary School we deliver the International Primary Curriculum as part of our curriculum provision which is closely matched to the NC requirements.

We will mix a rich cross curricular approach through the IPC to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as MFL, computing, PSHE, RE, Music and Physical Education. Our curriculum is designed to make sure it is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

For more information about our school curriculum please make an appointment at the school office to see the Principal Mrs Dilworth.


Our Curriculum


Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is:

  • the only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning.
  • written specifically for UK curriculum classrooms by leading mastery experts from around the world and recommended by the UK’s Department for Education.
  • an enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and practice books.
  • a continuous and embedded approach to teacher support and professional development throughout.
  • built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths and focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.

click on the links below to see the Maths Yearly Overview for each year group.

Power Maths is the only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths and the National Curriculum. Please click on the links below to see how Power Maths links to Development Matters and the National Curriculum.


At Willow Tree Primary School we use Literacy and Language for our English scheme of work. This complete literacy programme for pupils in Years 2 to Year 6 teaches children to read, write and discuss texts with maturity. The beautifully written stories and non-fiction texts are written by well-known authors to engage children in studying whole texts. We follow this method in Year 1 where our lessons are based on age appropriate quality texts by well known authors to support pupils in their reading and writing.

Please click below to see the English Overviews.

Literacy and Language is a complete literacy programme for pupils in Years 2 to Year 6 which teaches children to read, write and discuss texts with maturity. Please click on the links below to see how Literacy and Language links to the National Curriculum.

Phonics and Reading

Willow Tree Primary School currently uses Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics. However we will shortly be introducing Read Write Inc Phonics as our Phonics scheme of work.

At Willow Tree Primary School we recognise the importance of early reading and have chosen a phonics scheme that is rigorous and has a sequential approach helping to develop pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment of reading. Read Write Inc Phonics is a DfE approved scheme which looks at both reading and writing and ensures reading books are closely matched to the sounds learnt.

In Reading pupils learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

In Writing pupils write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.




International Early Years Curriculum

The International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) is an internationally researched curriculum for learners aged 2-5+years old made up of developed thematic units of learning to guide learning activities and experiences. The IEYC is designed around and driven by underpinning foundations that insure the curriculum remains learning focused and puts the goal of improving learning at the centre of what we do.

Why did we choose IEYC?

  • It uses international best practices, holistic enquiry and play-based approaches and covers all curriculum areas and the Early Years Foundation Stage: cognitive, personal, social and emotional development
  • It is flexible and works alongside the National Curriculum while offering the structure required to suit all teachers
  • It is designed around 8 Learning goals that we consider essential to children’s learning and development
  • The learning units provided are based around exciting themes which capture children’s natural curiosity
  • Assessment is done using observation and interactions by teachers, and children to achieve a holistic view on a child’s development recorded and monitored by teachers regularly

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International Primary Curriculum

Here at Willow Tree Primary School we provide a creative curriculum based around the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is our International Primary Curriculum for children aged 3 – 11 years old. It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.

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At Willow Tree we work in partnership with Everton in the Community to deliver our PE scheme of work. Taught weekly our PE scheme is written with careful consideration with the aims of the National Curriculum to ensure the children are provided with the opportunity to develop their skills and gain confidence in their ability to take part in a range of sporting activities. Each lesson is progressive and contains activities that not only develop the pupils skills but also develop the whole child. Each lesson will have a focus on a core value in line with Everton in the Community which are:

 • Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals

• Be inspiring – set a great example to others

• Be connected – work well with others and in a team

• Be fair – treat people equally and think of others

Activities cover the breadth of the curriculum including gymnastics, tag rugby, football and tennis. A range of sporting after school clubs such as multi-sports, dance and cheerleading are also offered to provide children with the opportunity to further develop their skills by taking part in competitive games.


At Willow Tree Primary School we use Jigsaw as our PSHE scheme of work.  Jigsaw is a mindful approach to PSHE, that brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. PSHE is taught once a week from Nursery to Year 6 and helps teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class, getting to know them better as unique human beings. Within Jigsaw, there are 6 key themes which are repeated in each year group. They are:

  • Being Me in My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

RSE Curriculum

The government has released new and updated guidance on the delivery of Relationships and Health Education. All schools have a statutory duty to deliver the curriculum. As a school we use the Jigsaw Scheme of Work.  Jigsaw offers a comprehensive Programme for Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education, in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work, giving children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. Within Jigsaw, there are 6 key themes which underpin the Relationships and Health Education curriculum at an age-appropriate level (see above).

For more information on the content of the RSE curriculum please click on the link below.


At Willow Tree our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds through a fun and engaging curriculum.


At Willow Tree Primary School  our music curriculum is taught within our IPC sessions alongside discrete music teaching and enrichment opportunities.  

In Key Stage One we use Charanga as our music scheme of work. Charanga is an award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music that covers the National Curriculum. The scheme uses a vast library of songs, resources and listening activities celebrating the world’s greatest music and is used by 50,000 teachers nationwide.

Alongside our music scheme in Key Stage two we employ Knowsley Music Service who teach children in years 3 – 6 to teach musical instruments. In year three the children learn to play recorders, year four they learn to play Ukulele and Year 5 and 6 learn how to play keyboards.


At Willow Tree Primary School we use Discovery RE as our RE scheme of work. Discovery RE is a comprehensive set of detailed medium-term planning for Religious Education from Nursery to Year 6. There are 64 Enquiry modules covering Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism and are designed to support the teacher to deliver engaging and challenging RE lessons with confidence. The enquiry approach makes RE exciting and engaging for both teachers and children alike.

Why did we choose it?

  • Makes RE a learning experience to look forward to
  • Provides a safe enquiry space
  • Encourages deep questioning
  • Enhances critical thinking and evaluation skills
  • Supports spiritual development
  • Equips pupils to celebrate diversity
  • Supports the delivery of statutory RE requirements
  • Enhances RE outcomes and Christian ethos for SIAMS
  • Maps SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities
  • Maps British Values
  • Enhances children’s learning and spiritual development
  • Encourages the celebration of diversity



At Willow Tree we follow the No Outsiders programme to help promote an ethos of inclusion and tolerance. We are aiming to prepare our children for life in modern Britain. As a school we promote equality and diversity and want everyone to feel like they belong and for our children to know they have valued contribution to make. The programme uses stories to provide mirrors and windows to the world we live in.

Curriculum Progression Units