Curriculum

The School follows the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for Foundation Stage 1 and 2. In Years 1 to Year 4 the school follows the English National Curriculum. Early Years assessments, Y1 phonics checks and KS1 SATs tests are all administered in accordance with regulations from the Department for Education to assess pupil progress and attainment in this curriculum. The links below provide access to these published curriculums.

As a School we seek to enrich and make our curriculum personalised and bespoke in a number of different ways. As a staff, we have identified four key Curriculum Drivers which are central to planning and delivering our curriculum inspiring our learners to achieve their potential; Develop life-long learning skills; Receive excellence from all; Be globally aware and know their locality.  

           

                          

 

The curriculum is broken down into terms for each year group and information is provided for parents on Curriculum statements issued to parents at the start of each term. These can be found on the class pages on this website. The Letters and Sounds Phonic scheme is taught and is supported by a Phonic Bugs reading scheme across EYFS (FS1 and FS2) and Accelerated Reader from Year1 to Year4, further promoting breadth and depth to our reading curriculum.

Our core values and character education permeate across the curriculum, as we teach learners the skills required to learn effectively throughout life and instil virtues associated with developing an incredible character. As such, we aim to provide the children with ‘incredible learning’ and this is integral to our curriculum offer.

We have a generous staff to pupil ratio as we are funded by the Ministry Of Defence. Class sizes are on average approximately 18 in a class and each class also has a full time Learning Support Assistant.  This helps us to successfully assist children with their smooth transition in and out of school. On arrival, teachers are experienced at assessing children quickly. This enables us to identify gaps in learning and target these to ensure that all pupils make rapid and sustained progress from their individual starting points. Effective differentiation to meet the needs of all children is also helped by the high staff to pupil ratio. We challenge our high attaining learners through rich learning experiences which encourage breadth, depth and application of knowledge, skills and understanding across our curriculum. We also employ specialist teaching staff to teach German in all year groups, Forest School, Music and special educational needs support is provided by a dedicated team of qualified staff.

Forest Schools

Forest School is an integral part of our learning at Bishopspark.  Groups of children visit our outdoor learning area on Barker Barracks on a regular basis.  While we are there, the children take part in many different exciting activities including firelighting, using tools such as saws and drills to work with wood and shelter building.  We develop many different skills which we can then use to help us back in school with our other learning.

 

  1. Primary National Curriculum
  2. EYFS Framework