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Curriculum Information

Inspired by our local community and surroundings, our curriculum at Bishop Perrin 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 through exposure to a wide range of subjects, books 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 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 strategies to help them 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 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.
  Year R   Year 1    Year 2 Year 3  Year 4  Year 5  Year 6 
Autumn 1 

Ourselves and Our Families

Traditional Tales


Me, Myself and I It's a Small World  Rainforest Rescue   Hail Caesar!  Crime and Punishment  Tales of the Thames
 Autumn 2


Space and Aliens


 A Small Island Fire! Fire!  The Stone Age   India Dragon's Den   Your Country Needs You!
 Spring 1

 Water, Snow and Ice

Chinese New Year and Dragons

A Knight's Tale There's No Place Like Home   Food, Glorious Food! The Tudors in London Crime and Punishment  To Infinity and Beyond! 
 Spring 2

Food and Cooking

People Who Help Us

 The Enchanted Forest  London Calling Egyptology  One World   Heartbeat  To Boldly Go!
 Summer 1



Under the Sea

 Toy Story  Animal Kingdom  Rise of the Robots  How Does Your Garden Grow?  Creeping Coasts Lights! Camera! Action! 
 Summer 2  One the Farm Dinosaurs  Shiver Me Timbers! Chocolate   Spy Kids  Ancient Greeks  Amazing Africa Back to the Future 

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


We follow a comprehensive phonics programme in Reception and KS1 that we have developed in-line with the Letters and Sounds programme, which has been adapted to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. As part of the teaching of reading, we use a variety of reading resources including reading books from Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Pearson and Project X reading schemes, which are closely matched to each child's stage in their phonics learning.


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


“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


‘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 (American President)


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




“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. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.


At Bishop Perrin, 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 to understand more about how we assess children’s attainment and progress.

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