Innovative curriculum design

“Learning Means the World” equips pupils with 21st-century knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in a truly engaging, innovative and refreshing way.

With thoroughly planned and resourced cross-curricular theme units, “Learning Means the World” puts important world issues like conservation, conflict, culture and communication at the heart of learning.

Bringing a fresh outlook to curriculum innovation, it can be personalised for individual schools, while providing full National Curriculum coverage.

Described by teachers as relevant, challenging, highly engaging and ambitious, “Learning Means the World” is loved by international schools across the globe, spanning three continents. 

Driven by the premise of “coverage is easy; learning is hard,” this curriculum model demonstrates a real understanding of key issues such as curriculum breadth and depth, and recall and retention. Schools introducing “Learning Means the World” into their setting quickly see its benefits.

As one Headteacher recently said, “We are loving ‘Learning Means the World’! Alongside the love of learning it fosters, the pupils gain so much English learning through the work.”

“The first few weeks of ‘Learning Means the World’ have gone really well. The quality of talk has been amazing and we have so much evidence of the children making links across and within subjects.”

Assistant Head Teacher, Peterborough

Competency Units

“Learning Means the World” now features competency units which draw inspiration from a range of diverse historical role models like Elizabeth Blackwell, Thomas Barnardo, Ignatius Sancho and Josephine Baker.

We’ve worked closely with schools to identify areas where we can raise learning outcomes. As a result, we’ve designed these competency units to ensure “Learning Means the World” provides full National Curriculum coverage while promoting courage, commitment, creativity and a sense of community in pupils.

Read our blog on how “Learning Means the World” Primary Curriculum can bring a global perspective to achieve a powerful local impact in your school.

Brand New!


LMTW@HOME is our brand-new home learning version of our ‘Learning means the World’ Curriculum!

Designed to help pupils seamlessly continue their learning across the curriculum, we have adapted the ‘Learning Means the World’ thematic units so they are specifically suited to a home learning environment. 

This means that, in the event of further lockdowns, classes closing or pupils needing to self-isolate, schools using the ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum can continue to provide a high quality, broad and balanced offer, where pupils can continue to acquire new skills and concepts, in line with the school’s planned progression.

LMTW@HOME subjects include music, geography, history, science, art, design technology, computing / ICT and PSHE, as well as the global dimensions.

ALL ‘Learning Means the World’ member schools receive FREE access to LMTW@HOME at no extra charge! 

What our schools are saying about our ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum…

Primary curriculum design

Children love the dynamic fun themes, that are very inventive, realistic and apply to modern day life. Cross-curricular learning with links across all subjects in the curriculum (science, history, geography, etc), means students learn concepts quickly and easily, developing transferable skills across the curriculum.

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, Switzerland

I chose Dimensions’ curriculum because I needed a curriculum that was creative, engaging, motivational, and really reflected the values of the school that I wanted to run.
The children we’re teaching travel the world, and we’ve got a lot of children from different countries, so we needed a curriculum that was relevant and that they could take with them when they move back to their home countries or to another ex-pat community.
The lessons that they learn in terms of tolerance and understanding – those are essential skills and knowledge for our children to have these days.

Justine Barlow, Principal, Hong Kong International Learning Academy

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What’s special about ‘Learning Means the World’?

The ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum has been described an outstanding example curriculum innovation. It is carefully and creatively designed, with rigorous progression and integration of subjects, taught through highly relevant and engaging thematic units. It is built on the foundations of current world issues (Conservation, Conflict, Communication, Culture) and encourages pupils to be outward-facing in applying their learning into everyday life. 
It is broken down into the following phases, known as Learning Pathways:-

  • Explorers (3-5 year olds)
  • Pathfinders (5-7 year olds)
  • Adventurers (7-9 year olds)
  • Navigators (9-11 year olds)

Each Learning Pathway is characterised by learning traits, which are developed through the themes. These will help equip pupils to be agents for positive change, both within their local context and further afield.

What are the benefits of using this curriculum?

  • Pupils will be thoroughly engaged as they tackle challenging and inspiring themes and issues.
  • Fully customisable and personalised to each school, ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum offers the perfect solution to primary curriculum innovation and design.
  • Matching clearly with the curriculum intent of many schools to develop resilience, to build better communication and life skills within real-life contexts and to champion sustainability and celebrate diversity, the implementation of ‘Learning Means the World’ is transforming the primary curriculum in more and more schools!
  • Clear progression, knowledge-rich and skills-based, we provide the perfect blend of learning that schools are working so hard to develop.
  • Teachers can record assessments using ‘Track Zone’, a system we have designed enable quick and easy recording of judgements about pupils’ learning and progression. Senior leaders can track progress; subject leaders can see how students are performing across the school in their subject; teachers can identify gaps and tailor lessons to cover these.
  • Brand new quizzes are included to help retention and check pupils’ learning.
  • Our unique feature, ‘Time Machine’, ensures prior learning is built upon within each theme.
  • Our 3D PSHE programme is woven into the themes and we provide schools with our full scheme of work as part of the ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum package, helping you deliver the 2020 PSHE government requirements to develop fully rounded individuals.
  • Related to key vocabulary and terminology that are vital for developing learning and an increased depth of understanding, our Learning Lexicon is embedded into the curriculum, resulting in pupils who know, understand and can apply the language of learning in a range of cross-curricular contexts.

Our curriculum design expertise and teaching and learning consultancy has helped to develop and improve mainstream, independent and special schools in the UK, Europe and Internationally! What can’t we do for your school? The possibilities are endless!