Developing independent, confident young people

The Bishop’s Primary curriculum is designed to engage pupils and inspire them to become creative and independent thinkers with a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.

We actively encourage pupils to get involved and contribute to the life of the Academy and their community by becoming active, respectful and caring members of the communities that they live in as well as thoughtful members of the global community.  Developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding is woven into school life; everyone is encouraged to ‘Let their Light shine’.

Building knowledge and understanding

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.

The curriculum is designed to:

  • Recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
  • Every child is recognised as a unique individual. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be an extra ordinary, happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  
  • Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, diversity and charitable giving by working closely with local community groups: learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. One of our aims is that children leave the campus with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
  • Learning as a community where our curriculum involves our parents and carers learning alongside their children.
  • Reading and the love of books are key to the work we do and this is prioritised through our choice of campus book, our libraries, our linked activities and the text focus for each line of enquiry in our planning.
  • Our curriculum is vital in securing an understanding of financial education and promoting character education principles such as resilience, kindness, courage and reflection.
  • We develop social, emotional and behavioural skills through an alternative curriculum, where children can work in small groups in Forest School activities, gardening and animal husbandry.
  • We value leadership in our young people and operate ‘The Young Leaders Award Scheme’, a unique active citizenship programme, which empowers the children to make a difference in their local community, whilst growing in key leadership skills.

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, opportunities for the power and passion of specialist teaching and thematic teaching that makes connections between subjects and learning that introduces children to the big ideas and events from the past that have shaped the world and connects learning to the contemporary issues of our times, such as sustainability.

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.

Primary teaching through the pandemic

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.

Skills for success

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.

Developing a love of reading lies at the heart of our curriculum. It is our ambition that every child can read by the end of Year 2. In key stage 1 we use use Read Write Inc. to support the delivery of phonics. Listening to stories and choosing books for interest and pleasure encourages our children to start a lifelong interest in reading. You can find out more about reading for pleasure in our dedicated Reading Corner!

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.

More information

Please use the links in the drop down menu below to access further information about our curriculum. Alternatively, if you have any specific questions about your child’s learning in a particular subject area, contact the school office on 01670 844323 and a member of staff will be happy to assist you.