Curriculum Overview

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning: Beliefs and Principles

At Bewick Bridge Community Primary School we aim for excellence by providing our children with a wide-ranging and high-quality education. Our aspiration is that children become highly literate and numerate students who engage with a broad and balanced range of subjects and interests and who fully involve themselves in the learning process. Please find our curriculum rationale below, which provides a snapshot of the structure, beliefs and strategies used in delivering our curriculum at Bewick Bridge.

Copy of A3 Curriculum design rationale

Whole School Curriculum Overview

To give you as much information as possible to help you support your child, the curriculum plan shows what each year group will be covering in each subject throughout the year. This, in conjunction with regular curriculum updates, weekly school newsletters and class webpages, will help you to know what and how learning is happening for your child at Bewick Bridge. Click the link below to view the whole school curriculum overview.

Whole School Curriculum 2019-20

Curriculum Definition

The curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes elements such as what is taught, how it is arranged into learning experiences, the teaching approaches used to deliver such experiences and how learning is assessed. It is the framework within which teaching and learning takes place.

In addition, it is what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.

Curriculum Specifics

Bewick Bridge Community Primary School follows the Principles and Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) documents for our Reception Classes.

In Key Stages 1 and 2, Bewick Bridge Community Primary School follows the English National Curriculum, organising many of the subjects into thematic Units. P.E., R.E., and Modern Foreign Languages are taught as discrete subjects.

English and Mathematics

Every pupil will receive daily, high quality lessons in English and Mathematics aligned to the National Curriculum and tailored to the specific needs of each particular class. Each series of lessons will be carefully planned working towards end of unit expected outcomes, showing progression towards these on a day-to-day basis. To allow all pupils to learn most effectively, each daily lesson will be differentiated to ensure that all pupils are both supported and challenged.


Each pupil will receive two sessions of P.E. a week to ensure they

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

In KS2, pupils will also be given the opportunity to become competent swimmers, in line with the national curriculum.


Each pupil will receive the equivalent of 45-60 minutes of R.E. a week (5% of curriculum time in KS1 and 2), organised into 4 Units in Reception and 6 Units in KS1 and KS2. This curriculum is structured around the Cambridgeshire County Council syllabus, and the guidance documents can be found here

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Over the course of their four years in Key Stage 2, children will be expected to make good progress in the main language chosen. In our school, we choose to teach Spanish and pupils will learn to

  • ask and answer questions
  • present ideas to an audience both in speaking and writing
  • read a range of words, phrases and sentences
  • write simple phrases, sentences and descriptions
  • use appropriate intonation and pronunciation of the language (only for French or Spanish).

At Bewick Bridge Community Primary School, pupils in Key Stage 2 will receive the equivalent of 30 minutes a week of a modern foreign language.

We are in the process of reviewing and updating our Curriculum Framework. For guidance on what children will be studying each term, please see the detailed overview below.

Whole School Curriculum Overview 2019-20.pdf