Curriculum

The aim of Bishop’s Primary is to provide opportunities for all children to develop to be both independent and confident, knowing how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.  Developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding is woven into school life; everyone is encouraged to ‘Let their Light shine’.

Bishop’s Primary curriculum is designed around well-crafted enquiry questions, within which our children build knowledge, understanding and skills systematically and cumulatively. Subjects are carefully considered for inclusion within each enquiry to ensure relevance and coherence. Our curriculum provides children with memorable experiences from diverse and rich opportunities, allowing everyone to learn from a knowledge-rich approach. The children’s own communities, their heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest. The Bishop’s Primary curriculum is intended to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.

Developing a love of reading lies at the heart of our curriculum. Listening to stories and choosing books for interest and pleasure encourages our children to start a lifelong interest in reading.

Musical opportunities are extensive; all children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument individually, as part of a small ensemble and as a whole class.

Bishop’s Primary promotes physical health and wellbeing.  A range of sporting events gives children opportunities to access a wide variety of sports after school hours and during lunch times.

The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate.  As a result, positive impact is seen on pupil outcomes.

This year our curriculum remains broad and ambitious, while also meeting the needs of the current national challenges, presented by Covid 19. By incorporating a structured programme of pre-teaching and the use of detailed memory strategy resources, we will ensure children build on their learning and cover the most important missed content, filling the gaps in core knowledge.

We aim to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by summer term 2021.

Our curriculum has a focus on skills and knowledge, direct focused teaching and child led exploration, literacy and numeracy and a broad and balanced curriculum. Teaching through enquiry allows children to make connections between subjects and learning.

In key stage 1 we use use Read Write Inc. to support the delivery of phonics.

Within Bishop’s, each individual campus has developed a curriculum which reflects the community they serve. Please use the links below to access further information about our curriculum: