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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 follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters. It includes the following key areas: 


Communication and Language

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development 



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design 

Wider Experiences


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 worked hard to ensure that changes to the new national curriculum in 2014 were smooth and through our planning since, 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.

More about the National Curriculum and using as a source for vocabulary support... 


The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

  Our schools planning and approach to teaching and learning stems from this document. For those of you who wish to know more or even if you wish to give your child in-depth support at home, this is the ultimate port of call! The document not only deals comprehensively with what we teach in English, Maths and Science but it is what we use to inform our planning for Foundation subjects.

From page 176 onwards, you will find good examples of not only the content of what we teach, but examples of some of the vocabulary we use at different ages. For example, at Key Stage 1  in Geography, children will use basic geographical language including: beach, cliff, coast, vegetation, season, weather and so on. In Key Stage 2 History, they will gain an understanding of vocabulary such as : empire, civilisation and parliament etc.


Again, please feel free to contact the Headteacher and any member of the Teaching Staff if you wish to know more about the current National Curriculum. Please find a link to the document in full below.


The Current National Curriculum - The Department for Education

Below is a booklet for each year group which sets out the expectations. 

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. Nursery and Reception class send out newsletters each half term too. Please check your child's book bags.  

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 Curriculum policy for more information

Staff Meetings


We regularly meet as a staff to share good practice with each other. We share examples of planning, work and assessment. Here are the staff in action...


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.