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Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design ensuring that the children develop skills for exploring, developing their own ideas, evaluating and improving their creative work. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT. An awareness of colour, line, texture, shape and proportion are developed alongside the use of symbols to convey ideas and feelings. Through focused tasks, practical experiences and a structured curriculum children we hope children will become confident at recording what they see and how they feel in their sketch books .The study of a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers compliments this work.

Aims of Art and Design

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination.
  • Develop opportunities to select their own ideas for use in their work.
  • Develop creativity and imagination through a range of art processes.
  • Develop the ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • Increase the ability to appreciate and evaluate art and design in different times and cultures.
  • Develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
  • Foster an enjoyment and respect of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.


Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Technology is everywhere and plays a pivotal part in students’ lives. At The Links we want pupils to be MASTERS of technology and not slaves to it. Through teaching Computing, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.

Design and Technology

It is our intent for DT to offer children the chance to use creative thinking and design within a defined purpose with tangible outcome. Through Design Technology the children are encouraged to identify, examine and solve practical problems and to improve designs for the user. The children are encouraged to invent, using a wide range of materials and tools, thus developing, modifying and evaluating their ideas through a series of projects. Using focus tasks and topic based projects children draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Opportunities to work alongside Computer Lego experts, STEM ambassadors and museum workshops are offered to enhance the learning experience.

Aims of Design and Technology

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Develop the ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.
  • Understand and use mechanical systems and electrical systems in their products.
  • Confident to take risks, solve problems and adapt designs.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Evaluate designs from the past and present and evaluate its impact on daily life.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


At The Links Primary we recognise the importance of language in the social, emotional and intellectual development of children. We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced curriculum. Opportunities will be given to consolidate and practise ‘taught‘ Literacy skills in cross curricular activities.

Children enter school with varying levels of language skills. We extend and develop these skills providing them with a variety of rich, language experiences. We recognise the need for differentiation and progression in the tasks we set in order to enable each child to develop its potential to the highest degree possible. All literacy teaching will contribute to skill development in the following areas:


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At The Links Primary we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The Geography Curriculum at The Links enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to spark children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at The Links Primary and also to their further education and beyond.


At The Links Primary School, we view History not only as simple facts and dates but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.
History allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We teach children to be open minded and enquiring thinkers who understand cause and effect. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the region or bringing in specialists for in-school workshops.


The intent of our mathematics’ curriculum is to ensure that every child enjoys mathematics and becomes an enthusiastic mathematician by developing their skills, knowledge and understanding through practical experiences that have relevance and purpose in everyday situations.  It is important that children develop their mathematical skills to become lifelong learners.  They should be able to apply these skills in different situations across the curriculum and in daily living outside school.

We want every child to make connections across mathematical concepts in order to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, and to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in other curriculum areas.  We want to develop an environment where mathematical risk-taking, creativity and logical thought are encouraged in order to develop independent learners.  It is essential that they understand its importance in being able to function effectively in everyday life, including carrying out employment and dealing with financial matters.

Aims of Mathematics

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, which includes making maths fun and bringing it to life, through the use of Active Maths, x tables Rock Stars, the use of concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and maths’ games
  • Develop and consolidate basic mathematical skills and become numerically fluent
  • Recognise prior learning, to ensure children’s learning is individualised, in order for them to make maximum progress through the use of pre-learning tasks
  • Promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system
  • Develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts
  • Develop a practical understanding of the ways in which the information is gathered, presented and interpreted
  • Explore features of shape, position and direction and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
  • Develop mathematical communication through speaking and listening, practical activities and recording work
  • Develop an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
  • Develop a deep and sustainable understanding of mathematics through a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach


At The Links Primary School we want our children to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We strive to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.


At The Links Primary School, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. Every year group has 2 timetabled sessions of PE per week. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport. We aim to enrich our children’s experience of PE by providing a wide variety of learning experiences both inside and outside of the school setting to broaden every individual’s learning. A varied curriculum is in place to support this, with activities including: dance, athletics, gymnastics, games, swimming and water safety and outdoor adventure activities

Aims of PE

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, developing and exploring physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination.
  • Children who are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Engagement in competitive sports and activities
  • Children to lead healthy, active lives
  • Children to work and play with others in a range of group situations.
  • Develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities.
  • Show children how to improve the quality and control of their performance.
  • Teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
  • Develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.
  • Develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.
  • Assess pupils learning, analyse and interpret the results to inform future planning and lessons.

School Sports Premium Funding

The Government is providing each primary school throughout England with additional funding which is to be spent on improving the sports provision within schools. At The Links Primary School, we believe a high quality PE curriculum should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents understand and can contribute to.  Our school recognises the values that a high quality PE and school sport curriculum gives pupils.

School Games

We have been awarded the School Games Gold Award in recognition of:

  • our school’s provision for pupils to engage in 2 hours of sporting activities per week;
  • that we engage over 20% of pupils in extra curricular sport;
  • that we provide appropriate competition level (through inter school activities)

Personal, Social and Health Education

At The Links Primary School we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, though The Great Dream, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, Literacy, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities.


At The Links Primary School, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. Religious Education provides children with opportunities to explore big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Through Religious Education, pupils develop their knowledge of the world faiths, and their understanding and awareness of the beliefs, values and traditions of other individuals, societies, communities and cultures. Our pupils will ask and answer questions about believing (meaning, purpose and truth), expressing (identity and diversity) and living (values and commitments). RE at The Links Primary will cultivate cross – curricular attitudes and skills, be a key contributor to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and endeavour to make a valuable contribution to pupils’ exploration of British Values. Our Religious Education will be enhanced further with trips to places of worship in our local area, visits and assemblies from a variety of religious groups and cultural and religious events within school.

We use the Stockton-on-Tees agreed syllabus for RE 2019 as the basis for our curriculum.

EYFS and KS1

EYFS Learning about others through stories, learning about people through visits, speakers and video clips, learning Christian symbols, learning about Christmas. Learning about:

A Muslim home, prayer, fasting at Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr

Y1 How is someone welcomed into Christianity?

Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?

What do Christians remember at Easter?

Belonging to the Muslim family

A man called Muhammad

Belonging to the Sikh Family
Y2 Why do Christians celebrate at Christmas?

What did Jesus leave behind?

Why do Christians remember the Last Supper?

Why is the Qur’an a sacred book? The Torah: God’s Law for the Jews The Guru Granth Sahib: a living guru

Guru Nanak: an extraordinary life


Y3 Why is Christmas a winter festival?

Why is Easter a spring festival?

Why did monks copy the Gospels by hand?

What is a Mosque For?

What is Eid?

Judaism: Believing and Belonging
Y4 What actually happened at Easter?

What is the ‘Big Story’ of Christmas?

Muslims in Britain and around the world Do all Buddhists believe and celebrate the same thing? Diwali: the festival of Light Diwali: the festival of Light
Y5 Is Christmas too commercial?

Who is responsible for Jesus’ death?

Food and drink: what are religious rules for? Sikhism: the Gurdwara What is Worship? What is it for?
Y6 Why is Jesus’ death seen as a victory?

Why are the Gospel accounts different?

From life to death, what role does religion play?

Is faith always the same?

What does art tell us?


Science is all around us! Here at The Links Primary School we believe that scientific investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn; developing curiosity and perseverance as well as challenging what we know about the world. We aim to make science as practical as possible, linking our lessons to real life contexts and giving meaning to our learning.  Children should be taught through lessons that are rich with key scientific vocabulary and varied to meet the needs of all learners.

We seek to spark children’s curiosity by planning lessons that are open ended and practical in nature, allowing our children to use a wide range of resources to lead the learning and make their own discoveries.  Science lessons are not limited to the classroom. We ensure that we make use of our incredible outdoor facilities in and outside of school. This is used as a tool to maximise our children’s learning experience. It allows our children to develop the key skills of investigation, problem solving and team work, empowering children to questions the world around them and become scientific thinkers.

Aims of Science

At The Links Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.