We saw immediate impact - children's knowledge levels and enjoyment were notable from the outset, including in those children typically hard to reach. The clarity of what should be learned has created a clear focus for teaching and learning, which the booklets and classroom resources support brilliantly. It has also re-ignited our teachers' love of teaching history and geography as distinctive subjects.
Stephen McNicholasExecutive Headteacher, St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Tottenham
Our pupils' range of vocabulary and subject knowledge have skyrocketed since introducing Opening Worlds, which in turn is having a demonstrable impact on their writing and literacy.
Our teachers are excited to teach the lessons as their pupils talk confidently about what they are learning. This is because we no longer teach topics in isolation. The carefully sequenced approach of the Opening Worlds curriculum ensures pupils build their knowledge, making connections as they go. Each activity, each lesson, each unit contributes to the development of a passionate, informed, confident learner who, by Year 6, will have a secure understanding of the world around them. Our pupils will go on to change the world!
Jenny MurphyDeputy Headteacher, West Green Primary School, Tottenham
About the authors
Christine Counsell is a leading curriculum thinker and author with experience as teacher, senior leader, teacher-trainer, academic, MAT director of education, local authority advisor and international consultant.
Steve Mastin is an education consultant, specialising in curriculum design, resources and implementation, with over 20 years of teaching experience.