Opening Minds

Curriculum Intent


Walton–Le-Dale’s innovative Opening Minds curriculum incorporates the teaching of Geography, History and RS into a theme-based curriculum. Students have five lessons a week with the same teacher. This means that we are able to teach in a cross-curricular way that engages students’ interest in the world around them and what goes on in it. Furthermore, we are able to develop their confidence as individuals and their independent learning skills.

Our intention is to create learners who are enquiring, independent, able to communicate well, problem solve, analyse and be resilient in their learning.  This will help to prepare them for the world in which they will live as adults. We aim to encourage our students to love learning and to develop the skills that students need to be successful lifelong learners.

Programmes of Study

In Year 7, students will begin Opening Minds by studying our first theme, “Lancashire: My place in the world”. Here we will investigate the history and geography of Lancashire and the diverse cultures. Other themes in Year 7 include “Our Asian adventure” and “War child”.

Many of the themes often contain “an experience” which takes place as a whole year. This helps to make Opening Minds exciting, entertaining and thought provoking.


Marking and Assessment

Assessment is through a wide range of strategies; including - presentations, extended writing, modelling, ICT based work and lots of discussion. This allows students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Staff Details

Opening Minds is a subject within the Humanities Faculty

Mrs Main – Head of Faculty

Miss Hill – 2nd in faculty

Miss Mayor – Teacher of Opening Minds & SENCo

Miss Sharples – Teacher of Maths and Opening Minds



Careers and Progression

This subject builds the foundation for future learning of Humanities subjects. Alongside this the subject focuses on skills such as teamwork, research and independence which are transferable to all other subjects and aspects of young peoples’ lives.



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