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The Curriculum


At Birkdale Primary School all our children will study the 2014 National Curriculum for both core and foundation subjects.


In Nursery and Reception children will experience the seven areas of learning that are required and they are organised under the following areas:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Communication and Language 



Understanding the World

Physical Development

Expressive Art and Design 


These areas underpin the organisation of the learning environment, the activities provided for children and the monitoring of children's progress and development.


In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, children are taught the standards and skills required in the 2014 National Curriculum for both core (English, Mathematics and Science) and foundation subjects (History, Geography, Computing, Music, Art, Design and Technology, Physical Education, Life Lessons, Religious Education and Modern Foreign Language).


At Birkdale we have worked hard to ensure that the change to the new national curriculum in 2014 has been smooth and through our planning we have endeavoured to ensure that all learning is matched to the individual needs of our children. As far as possible a cross-curricular, thematic approach is used to teach the core and foundation subjects. A theme is selected and applied across a year group each term. By adding this dimension to learning we are able to provide opportunities for key skills to develop across the curriculum and to cultivate creative thinking. We aim for our curriculum to be exciting and to inspire children to nurture a passion for learning, encouraging inquisitiveness and confidence in our pupils. 


During the year we have theme weeks, such as Arts Week and Design and Technology Week, which allow children to develop their skills in a more focused approach. There are also educational visits which reinforce the learning which takes place in the classroom.


Please see our year group learning overviews that are published below for further information. Furthermore, if you have any questions about what your child is learning please contact your child's class teacher to arrange an appointment to discuss further.

Our Curriculum at Birkdale Primary

Every term each year group will send out a newsletter that gives a brief overview of what is being taught in their class. Please see the documents below for more information.  

The content of the English curriculum is divided into two styles of genres 'Narrative' and 'Non - Fiction'. The following documents show the coverage of each unit in each year group. For more information please see the English website page. 

The following Maths documents show which units are taught and in which school year and in which school term. For more information regarding the expectations for each year group please see the Maths page. 

For each foundation subject we have created an overview of what is taught from year one to year six (please see the attached documents below). For further information go to each subject page. 

Please read our Teaching and Learning policy for more information


For additional information please refer to our latest prospectus which is online here:


You may wish to look at our policies for each curriculum area here:


Please do not hesitate in contacting school with any curriculum questions - we are always here to help.