Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley, S70 5XB

What is our Curriculum?
At Birdwell  our curriculum is challenging, exciting, enjoyable, and relevant. Our curriculum is a carefully planned, through a topic based, thematic approach designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Our curriculum is underpinned by the Accelerated Learning Cycle and by purposeful and robust assessment to ensure our pupils know more and remember more. It allows children the opportunity to work in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning.

Inline with the DFE guidance on providing a broad and balanced curriculum, the curriculum of Birdwell Primary School has been designed to ensure there is breadth but also allows for the prioritisation of missed content in core subjects including key knowledge, skills, vocabulary and concepts.

The key concepts, substantive knowledge and disciplinary outcomes build up progressively, helping children to grow and develop as they move through school. Our curriculum provides children with the understanding and ability to gather knowledge (which covers History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Science, PE, MFL, Music, ICT, PSHE and RE) and allows a creative way of learning and teaching.

The curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, creative and imaginative and meets the needs of individual learners. After regular assessment tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

We value the importance of direct experience within the curriculum so that teachers draw out and develop children’s thinking and capacities in meaningful contexts. Core knowledge and skills are at the heart of the learning process with the children exploring a wide range of topics, to prepare them for life. A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Our curriculum is continually monitored and reviewed. This is done through the use of pupil voice feedback and through monitoring by our curriculum leads and subject teams

If parents would like more information regarding the curriculum we follow please contact

d.sykes@birdwellprimary.org.uk

and we can put you in contact with Mr Swallow our curriculum leader.