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Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement


At Bickleigh Down CE (Aided) Primary School, the statutory primary National Curriculum, including programmes of study and attainment targets, is taught for all subjects at Key Stages One and Two. Languages are only statutory at Key Stage Two.


At Bickleigh Down CofE (Aided) Primary School, the New Curriculum has been planned to ensure that it is broad and balanced and complies with statutory legislation. There is a breadth in the curriculum which actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance of others through topics as well as explicitly through our PSHE Curriculum.


The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. We deliver a curriculum that leads to high standards of attainment and progress across the school whilst also broadening children’s experiences, exciting them about learning and engendering curiosity and a desire to learn more. We believe in the importance of teaching children how to be good learners. As a result, behaviour for learning (motivation to learn, perseverance, concentration, being confident to take a risk without fear of failure) is excellent. We endeavour to enable children to become lifelong learners so that they are well prepared for their next steps in secondary education and their future adult lives.


The National Curriculum is premised on mastery, something which every child can aspire to and every teacher should promote. It is about deep, secure learning for all, with extension of able students (more things on the same topic) rather than acceleration (rapidly moving on to new content).


More information on the statutory guidance for the national curriculum can be found on: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4



Foundation Stage


The children in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Bickleigh Down CE (Aided) Primary School are valued as unique individuals who develop and learn in individual ways and at varying rates. A high quality Early Years Foundation Stage experience provides a firm foundation on which to build future academic, social and emotional success. A child’s first experience of school has a major impact on their perception of learning. A child who is happy, safe and secure in their environment will have a firm foundation from which to develop, grow and flourish.


At Bickleigh Down CE (Aided) Primary School we carefully consider each child in our school in terms of their needs, interests and stage of development and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable curriculum across all the areas of learning and development. All staff throughout the Foundation Stage make careful observations and assessments to monitor the children's progress and further develop their learning.


In our two Foundation classes we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. The Foundation Stage curriculum focuses on three prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development and four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Arts and Design.


Each area of the curriculum is taught through our exciting topic work, so that learning is always meaningful and relevant.


Following an initial baseline assessment, Teachers and Teaching Assistants complete regular on-going observations and assessments to monitor the children’s progress throughout the year. We capture children’s development by creating a Learning Journey specific to each child. This learning journal is shared with parents regularly throughout the year during ‘Walk in Wednesdays’. Observations and assessments feed into planning of lessons and activities to ensure children make progress and engage with the Foundation Stage Curriculum.