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The Curriculum

The New National Curriculum

From September 2014 the primary school curriculum has had a radical shake - up. Click on the link to below to for an explanation of what this means for you and your child


The School Curriculum


Our children learn through a wide variety of experiences in a stimulating environment. Through the curriculum, we work to develop the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, creative and spiritual potential of each child.


The Reception Class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in six areas of learning:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Creative Development
  • Physical Development   


There is a strong emphasis on learning through experience, play and children’s interests. All the areas of learning have equal emphasis.

A guide for parents is available here

Phonics Reading Scheme for EY and Infant Classes          

We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics as detailed here


Years 1 to 6

We teach the requirements of the National Curriculum in a creative and engaging way, making links between subjects and emphasising breadth and depth in learning. Through our approach to the curriculum, we encourage children to develop lively and enquiring minds and to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. We promote the achievement of high standards at all times.

The curriculum comprises

  • five core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education)
  • six foundation subjects (history, geography, music, art, design and technology, physical education)
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • A Modern Foreign Language (French in Years 3 to 6)


Relationships and Sex Education

It is the decision of the Governing Body that sex education will form part of the whole curriculum at St Bede's. Though the dissemination of factual information forms the basis of our policy, children are also taught the importance of attitudes and values.  


Parents may withdraw children from lessons in sex education unless the content is part of National Curriculum science. Our Policy for Relationships and Sex Education is available from the office and parents are invited to view resources prior to their use. 


Religious Education and Assemblies

Through Religious Education and Assemblies, children learn to respect and value diversity of belief and experience. At St Bede's, we follow Come and See for RE. Religious Education is an integral part of a our school life and is also integrated into other topics.


Parents may withdraw their children from RE or assemblies. Any request should be made in writing and discussed with the head teacher.    


Homework Policy

Homework is given to all children on a regular basis and we ask parents to set aside time for children to read at home every day.


The amount and type of homework varies and takes into account the age and ability of the children.  Homework is linked to work in the classroom and increases as the children move through the school.



Curriculum Maps for each year

Click on link below. Class pages will show each term's Curriculum Maps.

Long Term Subject Plans