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Bishops Cannings Curriculum  (Download our Curriculum Statement here)

Bishops Cannings bases its curriculum on the National Curriculum that came into force for maintained schools in 2014.  Download the National Curriculum for Primary Schools here.  If you ever have any questions about our curriculum you can speak to individual class teachers or Headteacher by making an appointment at the school office.

Above everything, it is important to note that we are a Church of England School.

It is our aim to achieve the highest academic standards possible within a nurturing environment that allows the child to grow and thrive into a young person who is prepared for the next stage of their education and beyond.

We do this through:

  • Willingly conforming to the guidance set out in Trust Deeds as a Church of England School which means we meet daily for an act of collective worship and teach Religious Education regularly - believing it to have equal footing ;
  • Following our school golden rule which is to treat other people the way you would wish to be treated;
  • Following our mission of 'inspiring learning through togetherness in faith and friendship'; and
  • By following the Early Years Foundation Stage for the reception year and the National Curriculum for the remainder of the school.


For most children the route into reading is through the quality first teaching of phonics.  Primarily we use the 'Letters and Sounds' materials which are supplemented by 'Jolly Phonics' and online resources.  Phonics is taught using a four part lesson structure:

  • Revisit and Review;
  • Teach;
  • Practise; and
  • Apply

As of September 2016, we are using a proportion of our Pupil Premium funding to introduce 'Reading Recovery' to the school for children who find learning to read a challenge. 

  • The Curriculum in Unicorn Class (the Reception year)

    The Curriculum in Unicorn Class

    Children starting school in September of each year join Unicorn Class.  Children have a graduated induction programme into school.  This means that children do not start school full time for the first two weeks so parents should be prepared for this and understand that they may have to make childcare arrangements.  We do this because our experience shows that children starting school (even if they have been used to full time pre-school education) get very tired.  It also allows the class teacher to give time to each individual child so that we get to know them and how they learn.

    To teach the children we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The Early Years Foundation Stage is broken up into two areas of learning:

    The Prime Areas of Learning

    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
    • Personal Social and Emotional Development

    The Specific Areas of Learning

    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design
  • How do we teach and learn in Unicorn Class?

    In Unicorn class, children learn through play and experience.  Our classroom is divided into three areas so that children can engage in self-initiated play, find a space to read and take part in our phonics, writing and maths sessions.  There is also an outside area so that children can learn through free play.

    The reading journey for children, although already probably begun, is structured through the introduction of a daily phonics session.  We plan for this using the Letters and Sounds materials.  Children are taught the sounds of the different letters of the alphabet and, in time, the names of those letters.  Children are also encouraged to write and all mark-making is valued.

    Through play, children construct a model of their world.  Play helps children to learn how to socialise and to problem solve.  All children have the opportunity to engage in self-initiated play every day.

    We also believe in working in partnership with our parents to achieve the best for the children that we are serving.  One tool for doing this is the learning journey.  This is a document that both parents and school contribute to and it provides us with the evidence that our children are gaining in the skills and knowledge to let them be successful as learners and as people within their own right.

    We always hold an induction meeting for new parents and you are also encouraged to make a one-to-one appointment with our reception teacher prior to your child starting school.  This helps us understand how best to cater for the needs of your child.

  • The Curriculum in Hogglestock Hedgehog Class (Year 1)

    Year 1 is very much a bridging year between reception and the National Curriculum. Lessons begin to become more formal but we still keep an element of play within the day as we believe this is important for a child's development.  Children continue to learn to read through phonics but also begin to develop some comprehension skills.  Children also become more familiar with mathematical concepts and begin to develop the skills necessary to engage with the rest of the curriculum.

    Towards the end of Year 1, children are tested to ascertain how well developed their phonic knowledge is as an indicator of how well they can read new and unfamiliar words.  The results of these tests are reported to the Government.  Any child not meeting the standard of the test will do them again towards the end of Year 2.  It should be noted that these tests only assess one element of reading, namely a child's ability to read words using one particular strategy.  The test does not give an indication of how well a child understands a story or what words the child knows by sight.

  • The Curriculum in Phoenix Class (Year 2)

    Year 2 is the end of Key Stage 1 and as such children are tested to see how far they have progressed from the beginning of Year 1 to the end of Year 2.  These tests, known as Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), are normally taken in the summer term of Year 2.  The results of these tests are reported to the Government and the school is held accountable for them.

    In Year 2, some children will also be assessed using the Year 1 phonics test if they did not pass the test in Year 1.

    Phonics are still taught in Year 2 but the majority of children are now expected to be more independent in their learning habits.  Children will be expected to write independently for an extended period of time, as well as have a good grasp of the four major mathematical operations - namely addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

    Other learning is done through a topic.  For example, children might be discovering about a period in history.  This being the case, they will find out where they are learning about and so link in geography.  They may do some independent research work and so link in information and communication technology and so on.  This provides a fun and stimulating way to learn.  It also gives children the chance to practise their English and Mathematical skills in a context that has real meaning.

    Across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) we base our phonics teaching on Letters and Sounds.  This is supplemented by resources from the 'Jolly Phonics' scheme.

  • The Curriculum in Hare Moonwood Class (Year 3), Pavender Class (Year 4) , Birds of the Morning Class (Year 5) and Griffin Class (Year 6)

    Across Key Stage 2, and building on from Key Stage 1, we would expect children to progress so that the vast majority will have developed independence in reading and are able to write for a purpose in a clear and legible script, following grammatical conventions and spelling accurately.  We also expect children to develop more advanced mathematical skills, ranging from having a full understanding of handling and interpreting data to solving calculation using percentages in Year 6.

    As with Year 2, much of the rest of the curriculum is taught through topic work.

Other elements to our curriculum:

  • Modern Foreign Languages

    From Year 1 upwards, all children have the opportunity to practise language skills in a language other than English.  In our school that is normally French.

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

    We are keen that our school educates the whole child.  We teach children about relationships, how to stay safe including when 'on-line' and how to stay healthy.  We use Collective Worship to promote PSHE through sharing the Christian Values that are important to the life of our school as well as using SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) resources.

  • Learning to Learn

    We believe that the skills of learning can be taught.  To that end we explicitly teach what learning looks like and how it is done.  To emphasise this, we reward children each week for exhibiting good learning habits.

  • Special Educational Needs

    When we identify children with a special educational need, we work with parents to ensure that we make the best provision possible.  In some circumstances this may mean being withdrawn from class for a period of time on a regular basis to help develop basic skills.  It may simply mean planning an alternative structure within a lesson so that learning can be accessed.  We expect all children to succeed whether a child has been identified with a special educational need or not.  For more information on our Special Educational Needs Provision click here.

  • Homework

    Homework is given out weekly and is used to support the learning in the class.  Our homework policy can be downloaded here.

  • Trips

    Part of a successful curriculum is the ability to offer children experiential learning opportunities.  We regularly offer trips out of school related to the topics we study. Regrettably we cannot fund all trips so we generally ask for a donation towards the cost of any trip that is part of curriculum provision.  Residential trips must be paid for in full.

  • How can I find out more about the Curriculum at Bishops Cannings?

    If you are already a parent at our school and you have a question about the curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher.  If you are considering our school for your child and wish to know more about the curriculum, please contact the school on 01380860633 and a member of our admin team will take your name and number so a member of the teaching staff can phone you back at the earliest opportunity.  Alternatively, you can complete the 'contact us' form here.