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Laygate Community School

Where Learning Creates Success

Laygate Lane, South Shields, Tyne And Wear NE33 4JJ


Curriculum Vision

 We want our children to be:

         Successful learners                Confident individuals                    Responsible citizens


We will achieve this by providing a stimulating and exciting curriculum, which is both inclusive and challenging, in order to get the best from every child.

The National Curriculum lies at the heart of what is taught at Laygate. It sets out a clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all children aged five to eleven and determines the content of what will be taught.

It is preceded by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is taught to children aged three to five


Both are designed to:

  • be broad and balanced
  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of children
  • prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The curriculum at Laygate is not static and is subject to ongoing development in order to enhance the delivery to our children, and remove potential barriers to learning.

In order to learn successfully, we believe children need:

  • to develop positive self-images through knowing they are valued for themselves
  • to have equality of opportunity to gain full access to the curriculum
  • opportunities to form positive relationships within a stable and secure environment
  • opportunities to express themselves creatively and apply their skills and knowledge
  • access to a range of stimulating activities and appropriate tools.

The current National Curriculum is divided into Core and Foundation subjects, and is taught to children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The Core Curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Religious Education

The foundation subjects are:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Design and Technology
  • Music and Dance
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education.


Each subject has a programme of study which specifies the knowledge, skills and concepts that the children will be expected to acquire as they progress through both primary and secondary school. There will be times when these subjects are best taught discretely and systematically, and other times when they will be taught in a cross-curricular way enabling the children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a broader sense. 


If you would like to know more about our curriculum please have a look at the Yearly Curriculum Overviews and the Termly Curriculum Overviews for each year group which can be found using the orange 'About Us' tab.

To find more information about the Primary Curriculum, follow the Government website link:


Curriculum Statements 

Please click on the subject link below for information



Art & Design







Modern Foreign Languages