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Extend Learning Academies Network (ELAN) are celebrating the impact of the Opening Worlds curriculum

Extend Learning Academies Network (ELAN) has implemented the Opening Worlds curriculum for history, geography and religion in KS2 across all its schools. This knowledge-rich programme is characterised by strong vertical sequencing within subjects and by intricate horizontal and diagonal connections. Opening Worlds is having a rapid effect on all pupils’ literacy through the systematic introduction and revisiting of new vocabulary; engaging story-telling and a highly inclusive

approach. Teachers’ practice has improved through training in the Opening Worlds evidence-informed, high-leverage techniques which are integral to the programme.


‘In nearly 30 years in education, I have never known anything to be so transformational. The curriculum naturally allows children to explore and understand what it means to live in a global society. It has empowered pupils, who otherwise may be disadvantaged, to engage in their learning as equals and we have seen pupils with special educational needs accessing the curriculum in a way we have never seen before. The impact on all pupils’ reading and writing skills has also been significant. They are reading and writing more regularly and at length. However, more importantly, they are reading and writing with enthusiasm because they are genuinely interested to learn more and they have important things to say!’ Penny Boardman, ELAN School Effectiveness Lead


The impact has been so significant that we would like to extend an open invitation to headteachers and deputy headteachers in North Somerset to see the curriculum being taught and learn a little bit more about its impact from the ELAN Extend-Ed Team.


Dates: 23 February 2024 or 8 March 2024 or 22 March 2024

Places available on each session: 3

Venue: Mead Vale Primary School

Time: 12:30 – 15:30

Overview of the session:

  • • Introduction to the curriculum

  • • Observe a geography lesson taught in Year 4 from 13:00-14:15

  • • Exploring the impact

  • • Question and Answer session


If you would like more information, please contact

To book a place, please follow the link ELAN and Opening Worlds curriculum