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Curriculum for Y1 to Y6

In September 2017 Guernsey introduced The Bigger Picture Bailiwick Curriculum to all island state schools. This is a curriculum for the whole child focusing equally on wellbeing as it does on academic development. At La Mare Primary we believe having a  Growth Mindset is pivotal for success! Mistakes are good and  promoting a Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing is embedded in everything we do. Our curriculum  is innovative, exciting and highly fit for the 21st century and 

promotes joyous and purposeful learning:

The Elements of Learning

As the world is  rapidly changing and job markets and technology shift and evolve, it becomes increasingly hard to predict what knowledge learners will need to help them flourish in the 21st century. However we can be more certain as to what skills and attitudes young people will need not possess, in order to be confident individuals and successful learners who contribute in society, whilst showing a responsibility to their community and world.


The elements of learning, which are central to the Bailiwick Curriculum, have been deliberately chosen to provide learners with a broad, yet specific, set of skills, attitudes and beliefs to equip them for their successful journey into adulthood and the world of work. 

Areas of learning

There are eight areas of learning in our curriculum and within each area of learning there are specific subjects which are taught throughout the school from Year 1 to Year 6. Most  of these subjects are taught as discrete subjects. Some aspects of some subjects such as RE, PSHE , Citizenship and World of Work are covered through whole school assemblies as well as lessons.

The Arts

The arts are a source of inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment. They provide contexts in which children and young people learn to express their thoughts and emotions, use their imaginations, experiment and develop creativity. Within this are of learning, the specific subjects taught are:




Understanding English, Communication and Languages

English, communication and languages lie at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think, create and make a crucial contribution to learners' development as well -rounded individuals. the developing use of language underpins learners' achievements across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society , work and lifelong learning.   Within this area of learning the specific subjects taught are :



Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding

Historical, geographical and social understanding fires learners' curiosity and imagination about who we are, where we have come form, where we live and where we might be going next. It connects the past with the future, helps learners make sense of their place in the world and is central to their development as informed, active and responsible citizens. This area of learning encourages learners to investigate the world around them, from the Bailiwick to Global. Within this area of learning the specific subjects taught are:



Understanding the world of work

The demands of the changing workplace mean that quality information, advice and guidance are needed throughout life as people adapt and face new challenges in education, employment and training. developing a young person's career management skills is essential preparation for a changeable future with transitions throughout their working life. Within this area of learning the specific subjects taught are:




Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as rounded individuals. Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. Within this area of learning the following subjects are taught:



Physical Health and Wellbeing

To enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives, children and young people must learn to respond positively to challenges, be enterprising and handle risk and to develop self confidence and physical capabilities. This area of learning lays the foundations for long term wellbeing and contributes to their mental. social,emotional, economic and physical development. It is central to their development as confident individuals. Within this area of learning, the following subjects are taught:


Scientific and Technological Understanding

Children and young people live in an age of fast-moving science, computing and technology. This area of learning is fundamental to exploring, understanding and influencing the natural and man-made worlds in which we live. It offers a wealth of experiences and ideas that encourage learners’ natural curiosity and creativity, inspiring awe and wonder. Children and young people learn to value ideas and to see talking, thinking and hypothesising as essential elements in developing an understanding of new processes. Learning tackle problems, forming questions, generating and testing ideas and designs and deciding how to seek solutions. They gather and make sense of evidence, test out hypotheses and evaluate processes and outcomes. They learn the possibilities of science, computing and technology, inspiring them to become the scientists, engineers, designers and innovators of the future. They learn how to become informed citizens, responsive to the needs of others and the world in which they live.

Within this area of learning, the following subjects are taught:

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Society within the Bailiwick reflects a wide range of beliefs, values and traditions. Religious philosophical and ethical education enables children and young people to explore the world’s major religions and approaches to living which are independent of religious belief, and the be challenged by these different beliefs and values. It supports children and young people, their values and their capacity for moral and ethical judgement. The study of the world’s religions is an essential feature of religious and moral education for all children and young people.