The Curriculum at Birley Spa
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
Please find below our long term overview for each year group.
The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. The books in our reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree, are grouped into coloured book bands. This means that when your child knows his/her book band, they are able to select books from different reading schemes and from the wide variety of additional reading materials we have in school.
In years 4 and 5, all children have access to Accelerated Reader. AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set targets and direct ongoing reading practice.
At Birley Spa, we follow the White Rose long term overview. The overviews are designed to support a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of maths and have been designed to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum.
- Have number at the heart
- Support the ideal of depth before breadth
- Provide plenty of opportunities for reasoning and problem solving elements
The Wider Curriculum
Here at Birley Spa, we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through half termly topics which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How it Works?
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each topic – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
How can I find out more about the curriculum at Birley Spa?
We produce termly leaflets for parents containing details of what the children will be learning in each class. These will be sent home with the children each term and are also available in each school office.