Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand


The Lady Joanna Curriculum


Our curriculum has been built by a community. Its design is based on input from the children, staff, parents and governors. As a result the curriculum is built for the Head, Heart and Hand.

Underpinning our curriculum are our core values: curiosity, resilience, collaboration and compassion and these provide a strong basis for children’s learning, along with the characteristics of effective learning.

At Lady Joanna we want an expansive education for the children and one which supports learning for The Head, Heart and Hand.

The Head – We want high standards in academic achievement, where language and vocabulary, along with Reading are important drivers for the curriculum. We want children to make excellent progress from their own starting point.

The Heart – We want a curriculum that develops character and supports well-being, where pupils are environmentally and socially aware, supported by the Rights Respecting curriculum. The children should be physically and mentally healthy, with a good knowledge of themselves and others and we want to support the development of leadership and social skills.

The Hand – We want to ensure that pupils have an opportunity to problem-solve, be creative and practical. This also includes the integrated use of technology in the classroom, along with additional Music and Art and Design opportunities. The practical and problem-solving skills is further developed through our outdoor learning experience.

Ultimately, we want all children to make excellent progress from their starting point, to be socially and morally responsible, ready for the next stage of their learning and physically and mentally healthy.

In order to achieve this, each subject is carefully sequenced and the stepping stones to the desired outcomes incorporate a range of approaches such as:

  • A cross curricular approach (drawing on themes across different subjects)
  • Pupil involvement in the planning process including some autonomy in how they present their learning.
  • Inquiry-led learning
  • Using teacher expertise across different classes
  • Strong basis of formative assessment
  • Ensuring children have memorable experiences

Please click on the images above and this will explain more about our curriculum.