“Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”

John Holt (‘Why Children Fail’ 1964)

At Bredenbury Primary School we aim to develop pupils who are successful, confident and responsible and as a result of the curriculum offered the children will, at a level appropriate to their age and ability, be able to be:

Successful – by acquiring skills to be:

  • Creative thinkers
  • Problem solvers
  • Good question askers and learn by their mistakes
  • Good collaborators
  • Good communicators
  • Secure in their knowledge from the world and how it is shaped
  • Motivated to learn.

Confident – by having a secure:

  • Sense of identity
  • Good relationships with all members of their community
  • Emotional awareness
  • Knowledge of right and wrong
  • Understanding of organizational skills
  • Awareness of a healthy lifestyle
  • Understanding of risk awareness
  • Understanding of how to develop their strengths, talents and ambitions
  • Confidence and willingness to try new things

Responsible – by developing their ability to be:

  • Well prepared for life and work
  • Enterprising
  • Able to respect others and understand their own and others’ cultures and traditions
  • Able to understand what it means to be British and will appreciate diversity
  • Able to challenge injustice
  • Recognising how to sustain and improve the environment
  • Able to try to change things for the better

Our new curriculum has a positive impact on everyone involved – pupils, staff and the wider community. Everyone is planning and working together and there’s a great sense of sharing and empathy, a real community spirit.

The curriculum is all the planned activities which we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the curriculum guarantees we as a school provide to develop the independence and responsibility of all of our pupils. We ensure that all children have a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. We aim to teach our pupils how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential.

We believe that learning should be an enjoyable, lifelong process through which everyone can achieve their potential and exceed their expectations. We will challenge and support our pupils to do their very best, by providing an extensive range of learning experiences beyond the statutory requirement.

Our curriculum is the means by which we achieve our objectives of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. Our school curriculum is underpinned by our principle value of providing high quality educational experiences that are focused on continued improvement in whole school standards and the development of independent and responsible learners.

These are the core values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum:

  • We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual children, as well as for people of all cultures.
  • We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
  • We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful and provide equal opportunities for all children in our school.
  • We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our country and the world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.

A Skills And Enquiry Based Curriculum

We are aiming to find the spark that lights the desire to learn in each child.

Skills and enquiry based learning at Bredenbury Primary School provides an opportunity for children to act as co-constructors of their curriculum. It enables children to personalise their learning.

It allows primary school children to acquire practical skills, discover and explore personal interests and develop values which enable them to be confident, interested and creative learners throughout their lives.

Each year group follows a topic for a term or half term. Within the topic the teacher plans for learning opportunities using children’s previous knowledge and their interests. The topics cover History and Geography elements of the National Curriculum but are fundamentally cross curricular incorporating all aspects of learning.

Through this approach children are encouraged to research, investigate and problem solve to inform their learning. This approach/learning style encourages children to take ownership of their learning and become engaged, independent and motivated.

Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is taught using a variety of teaching and learning styles including:

  • Whole class teaching
  • Collaborative work including – in pairs and small groups
  • Individual work
  • Independent work
  • Visual and auditory learning
  • Tactile

It is an alternative way of meeting the learning needs of children and at the same time providing social and practical skills which will enhance their adult relationships and working lives.

Phonics Scheme
The school follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme.

Reading Scheme
Our reading schemes include Collins ‘Big Cat’ and Pearson ‘Bug Club’ as our main reading schemes. Both reading schemes also include materials to support the development of phonics. Parents reading with Children and Parents Reading.

Learning Guarantees

At Bredenbury we want to provide possibilities to open up the world to our pupils. We have identified the following curriculum drivers to enable our pupils to enhance their:

  1. Ambition and determination – Providing opportunities for our children to increase their self-esteem, motivation and aspirations.
  2. Enterprise skills – Preparing our children for a world of work which is rapidly changing.
  3. Understanding of the wider environment through outdoor learning opportunities – Providing opportunities for our children to learn how to balance risks against benefits.


The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • To enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability and enable them to understand that they can all be successful learners
  • To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem and enable pupils to develop moral sensibility through carefully taught values
  • To facilitate children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and qualities which will help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, morally and aesthetically - so that they may become independent, responsible, useful, thinking, confident and considerate members of the community
  • To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  • To create and maintain an exciting and stimulating learning environment where all pupils are encouraged to be risk takers. allow children to develop a knowledge of themselves in time and space
  • To allow children to develop a knowledge of themselves in time and space
  • To develop pupils’ resilience in a happy and safe learning environment
  • To ensure that each child’s education has continuity and progression
  • To enable children to be positive citizens in society, developing their personal and social skills
  • To enable all children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others
  • To teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time
  • To enable children to be positive citizens in society and to feel that they can make a difference
  • To deliver a curriculum that encourages respect for the environment and society and to enable children to understand and respect other cultures
  • To promote high standards in reading, writing and mathematics
  • To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong
  • To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all
  • To promote physical and mental development and an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle to enable children to be active and take responsibility for their own health
  • To enable children to be aware of the importance of and participate in the arts and related cultural themes
  • To provide equality of access and the opportunity for all pupils to make progress
  • To prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life
  • To enable children to be passionate about what they believe in and to develop their own thinking
  • To recognise the crucial role which parents play in their child’s education and make every effort to encourage parental involvement in their educational process
  • To enable children to develop their intellect including their emotional development
  • To enable children to acquire knowledge and skills in English, Mathematics and Science
  • To enable children to be confident in the use of Computing
  • To enable a child to play a musical instrument; and
  • To fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed syllabus for Religious Education

The curriculum is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving.

Through the provision of rich and varied activities, we aim to:

  • encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils
  • enable pupils to make connections across different areas of learning
  • help pupils to think creatively and solve problems
  • develop pupils’ capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively
  • enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenge and responsibility
  • enable pupils to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding
  • We aim to foster a life-long love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach

Our curriculum aims to develop caring and responsible citizens who:

  • are secure in their values and beliefs
  • respect others
  • recognise responsibilities as a global community
  • have a sense of worth, purpose and personal identity
  • are able to challenge justice
  • make informed choices
  • can handle conflict
  • have enquiring minds
  • can communicate well
  • are able to learn independently and with others
  • have essential learning skills in English, Mathematics, Science and Computing
  • are creative and resourceful
  • work co-operatively
  • develop problem solving skills
  • use and apply and transfer skills to differing situations
  • are confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • can relate to others and form good relationships
  • know how to sustain and improve the environment and take into account the needs of present and future generations when making choices
  • develop a sense of community and belonging, understanding Britain’s cultural heritage, contributing to our local community and global community through direct interaction

We aim to deliver this through:

  • Embedding Every Child Matters through teaching units on healthy living, community, and citizenship
  • Linking our learning with sustainable development outcomes to help children
  • Equipping children with skills for life, through practical work and by applying English, Mathematics and Computing skills
  • Providing opportunities for children to broaden their outlook on life
  • Making learning more meaningful, by putting it into context
  • Holding a flexible time-tabling approach to make space for true depth of study
  • Reducing the number of topics covered within a school year and establishing cross curricular links so that more time and space is given to in-depth study
  • Listening to pupil voice and involving pupils in planning and decision making
  • Involving parents in open afternoons and theme days
  • Bringing learning to life through visits, visitors and theme days.
  • Ensuring progression by building on what children already know through the use of AfL techniques (Assessment for Learning)
  • Working with members of the local and global community

Key Skills

The following skills have been deemed ‘key skills’ in the revised National Curriculum:

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • Information technology
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem-solving

We strive to develop these skills across the curriculum.

Organisation And Planning

We plan our curriculum ensuring we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Curriculum requirements. Our curriculum is based upon the six broad areas of learning. These areas are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and Early Years Curriculum, and there is planned progression in all curriculum areas. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that children develop the skills they need to become confident, self-motivated learners, who can engage with and solve challenges innovatively.

We agree a long term plan for each key stage. This indicates which topics are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. We review our long term plan on an annual basis.

Our medium term plans give clear guidance on the skills that we are developing within each topic.

Our short term plans outline what the pupils will focus on in a particular week.

National curriculum in England framework for key stages 1 to 4:

“Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”

John Holt (‘Why Children Fail’ 1964)