Curriculum - the subject areas

Curriculum Planning

Bamford Primary School is a Local Authority Maintained School and we use the Government's Published National Curriculum Framework 2014 as the basis for our curriculum planning (Years 1-6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile for children in Reception. 

Click here to view the Department for Education's publications which provides details for the National Curriculum for England.

Click here to view the Department for Education's publications which provides details for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

We also use the Agreed Derbyshire Syllabus to inform our planning for the teaching of Religious Education.

Fundamental British Values

As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, schools are required to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. This includes actively promoting fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Click HERE to view further DfE information

Click HERE to see how we teach British Values in our school.

Curriculum Planning

Our curriculum generally works on a 2 year cycle to accommodate mixed age classes. English, maths and science are taught independently but staff make links across the curriculum and particularly to topic work where it is appropriate and helpful to do so.

Each topic theme is taught in class and is differentiated to meet age and individual objectives for learning. Staff are actively encouraged to link Art and DT to their topic whenever appropriate and to provide relevance. In order to personalise the topic curriculum, children are invited to input into the curriculum design, to reflect local interests and knowledge whilst ensuring that the requirements of the national curriculum are met.

The school curriculum is revisited regularly to meet the needs of the current cohorts and the class structures in school.


Phonics - We use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme of work, which is an approved synthetic phonics syllabus throughout EYFS and KS1.  Children who have completed this, transfer onto the Spelling Scheme (see below).

Spelling - We use the No Nonsense Scheme of Work for spelling for Years 2-6, adapted by our teachers to meet the needs of the individual pupils in their classes.

Reading - The school uses a variety of resources to teach reading. In EYFS and KS1 we mainly use Read Write Inc which is supplemented by the use of the National Book banded books to ensure that children are reading age and stage appropriate books. From Y2 upwards, when ready, children use the Accelerated Reading scheme. This ensures that all children continue to read age and stage appropriate books using 'real' texts and that teachers receive supporting feedback to help them plan for progress.


The school teaches the National Curriculum for Maths 2014. We use the White Rose Hub planning resources and a range of other resources to support delivery of Maths teaching. We have been working as a cluster to ensure a Mastery approach to learning maths with a strong focus on Mathematical reasoning.

Curriculum Plans for 2019-2020

Please see below for the Curriculum Plans for each of the classes.  These are updated regularly to ensure that the curriculum intent is relevant to the current teaching sets and the needs and interests of our children.  

EYFS follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum on a single year cycle which is planned to avoid repetition and mindful of the need to incorporate and follow the KS1 curriculum.

Past topics have included: All about me! Superheroes, Deadly dinosaurs, Out of the Ashes (Great Fire of London), Into the woods (local study), Australian Adventure, People who help us, Weather, water and Seasons, Pirates, Castles

Oak Class Curriculum 2019-2020 for Parents

Beech Class Curriculum 2019-2020 for Parents

Ash Class Curriculum 2019-2020 for Parents

Willow Class Curriculum 2020-2021 for Parents


We have curriculum policies to help plan for and deliver a knowledge based, progressive curriculum.  Policies can be viewed below:

English Curriculum - draft March 2020 Reviewed by Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee (to be approved by FGB)



Science Curriculum

In 2015, the school bid for and received an ‘Intensive ENTHUSE’ award from the British Science Association through their STEM work. The funds provided enabled the school to access consultant-led CPD support. As part of this work, we have reviewed our teaching and created a 2-year teaching cycle to teach the new national curriculum. In doing so, we invested significantly in CPD for teachers to ensure that they were able to engage all learners well in science subjects and can accurately assess student progress. The Science curriculum is available to view in full here.  This curriculum is incorporated into the curriculum maps above and children are taught in Key Stage groups for science.

Science Policy

Click to view our Science Policy.   

In 2019 the school was accredited for the Primary Science Quality Mark and were awarded Gilt Status, in recognition of our commitment to excellence in Science Education.  



Class teachers provide a half termly newsletter which gives further detail on curriculum matters for each individual class and allows the teachers to respond to the needs and interests of children. Regular updates, feedback and information are posted on the Class DOJO site.


page last updated on 21/10/2020


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