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Curriculum Information

Inspired by our local community and surroundings, our curriculum at Bishop Perrin Primary School is designed to nurture life-long learners and provide opportunities for all to succeed with confidence, creativity and curiosity. We endeavour to instil a love of learning, using a range of exciting and inspiring books as a gateway to a wide range of subjects and cultural and social experiences. We aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn the knowledge,  understanding and interpersonal skills necessary to be active, healthy, responsible participants in their community and the wider world, providing stable foundations for the next stage in their learning. Our curriculum is underpinned by our school’s spiritual values.

How do we achieve this?

  • We are ambitious in our curriculum design and content and have high expectations for all
  • We provide full coverage of the National Curriculum and beyond, designed to ensure learning is carefully sequenced and knowledge is cumulative, encouraging children to take ownership and responsibility for their learning
  • We support children to learn the knowledge and strategies that will help them to manage their physical, emotional and mental health
  •  We encourage children to be responsible citizens and active members of their school, local and national community; preparing children for the wider world
We take a thematic approach to teaching our curriculum, linking learning to a key text and different topic each half term. You can see the range of different themes taught across the year groups in the table below. You can read further details of the learning in each of the different themes taught in each year group below by clicking on the relevant theme title.

To find out more about how and what we teach each in each subject and to see how it is sequenced across the school , please view the Curriculum Framework for the subject that you are interested in by clicking on the subject name below.

Subjects taught at Bishop Perrin Primary School:


“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” – Roald Dahl


During the academic year 2021-22, we will be transitioning our teaching of phonics to use and implement the approved DfE Little Wandle systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme. More information about the Little Wandle SSP can be found by clicking through on this link:

During the transition period as we move to Little Wandle programme, we will continue with our current teaching of phonics, as described below.

In Reception and Year 1 we teach a comprehensive phonics programme based around Letters and Sounds. Children in Year R, 1 and 2 receive daily phonics sessions with their class teacher, during which they review sounds they have recently learnt, are taught a new sound / s or tricky words, have to time to practice their new knowledge along with their skills of segmenting and blending, and then apply it in their reading and writing. Children are taught to use pure sounds to pronounce all of the 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language. For help with how to pronounce pure sounds, click here. 

As children learn to read, they are assigned decodable reading books that are carefully matched to their current phonics knowledge in order to develop their reading accuracy and fluency. Children are assessed regularly and any children who may be struggling with their phonics are assigned extra support from our phonics intervention teacher. Children have regular opportunities to read aloud to an adult in school each week, and are encouraged to read regularly at home. In addition, children listen to and talk about a rich and diverse range of stories, poems and songs in class and have the opportunity to choose a school library book during their weekly visits to the library to take home and enjoy with members of their family. As children progress into KS2, they continue to follow a rich and varied scheme of reading lessons and read a wide range of high quality texts, and we have developed a progressive spelling scheme that builds upon their phonics knowledge.


“Mathematics has beauty and romance.  It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world.  It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.” – Marcus du Sautoy, British mathematician

Times Tables - Oxford Owl

Times Tables Wall Charts

Timestables information for parents


“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams- they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do- they all contain truths.” – Muhammed Ali

I dream my painting and then paint my dream” - Vincent Van Gogh

"Computing is not about computers anymore. It’s about living" – Nicholas Negroponte (American author and architect)


COOKING AND NUTRITION (under the current Covid circumstances, we are not carrying out cooking sessions in class)

‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’ – Steve Jobs (industrial designer, co-founder and CEO of Apple)


"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things." - Flora Lewis


"Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me, geography is a great adventure with purpose." - Michael Palin


"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." – Theodore Roosevelt


“Music can change the world.” - Ludwig van Beethoven 


 “It is not important to be better than someone else, but to be better than you were yesterday.” Jigoro Kano


“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  - Marie Curie


“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”  - Albert Einstein 

If you require further information regarding your child’s learning, this can be found by consulting the policies for individual subjects which are available from the school office. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.


Supporting Children with Additional Educational Needs to be able to Access the Curriculum

Bishop Perrin School ensures that all children with additional needs have opportunities to access our curriculum, thrive, flourish and demonstrate their abilities and overcome barriers. Our priority is to provide Quality First Teaching for all pupils –

‘High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN’ Code of Practice 2014 6.37.

Teachers regularly adjust their practice to ensure all children have access to the teaching. This includes:

· differentiating the activity, including for challenge

· arranging and adapting class furniture and seating plans;

· adjusting the format of resources such as the whiteboard, books and reading materials;

· supplying specialised writing tools and classroom equipment;

· using visual timetables as well as implementing a variety of teaching styles to engage and include all pupils;

· supported teaching groups.

We also look at the whole school day and the wider school environment, responding to individual needs and making adaptations when necessary, such as:

· small group support at lunchtimes;

· play therapy, Emotional Learning Support Assistant (ELSA) support, friendship, nurture and Lego therapy groups;

· monitoring the attendance at school clubs and extra-curricular activities of pupils with additional needs;

· individual risk assessments and adjustments for children to be able to access school trips and educational visits;

· sensory toys and tools to help with focus and concentration.

· Teaching and Learning Support Assistants (TLSAs) are deployed according to need and additional hours, as outlined in Educational Health Care Plans.

We encourage parents to liaise with the school about any issues or concerns they may have about enabling their child to be able to access the curriculum so we can work in partnership to gain the best outcomes.


At Bishop PerriPrimary School, we believe that the most fundamental use of assessment is to build pupils’ understanding and improve their learning within day-to-day lessons. Please read our current Assessment Policy (which can be found in the Key Information/Key Policies Page) to understand more about how we assess children’s attainment and progress.

Please click on the link below to read a summary of our assessment procedures across the school.

Summary of Assesment Process



For each year group we have ‘non-negotiables’ which outline key expectations and provide information about the skills that are required at each milestone.

Reception  Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  Year 5  Year 6