Bedale Church Of England Primary School

Learning and Caring Together

Firby Road, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2AT

01677 422 401

The Curriculum

Excellence in teaching and learning is at the heart of our school. We offer an exciting and creative curriculum which inspires and motivates the children to achieve their full potential. Recognising that all children unique and individual, we provide a bespoke curriculum to meet their needs, whilst also ensuring that all children master the essential skills in English and Maths.

We enrich children's learning with visits and experiences beyond the classroom. Also we regularly invite visitors into school, from the wider community to work alongside the children. This enhances the children's social, moral, cultural and spiritual development.

The school has a good sporting tradition and the children enjoy playing a range of sports and taking part in local and county-level events.


 Click the links below to find out more about what is being taught in each year group this year.

Pupils use and apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills across the curriculum.

The curriculum is organised successfully with a good focus on developing pupils’ basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

A good range of extracurricular activities further enhance the curriculum.

Ofsted, September 2012

School Improvement Plan 2017-18

We are continually aiming to achieve the best outcomes for the pupils in our school. Our School Improvement Plan (SIP) outlines the key areas for the following year to raise standards across the school. Below is a summary of this year's main objectives:

1) To continue to build on the progress made in spelling and handwriting throughout the school.  Ensure provision allows pupils to reach their potential.

2) To ensure that all SEND pupils make at least good progress, and reach their full potential.

3) To further promote and develop physical education across the school

SIP 2016-17

1) To continue to build on the progress made in reading throughout the school and ensure that provision allows for all pupils to make accelerated progress and meet targets in reading.

2) To secure substantial improvement in progress for disadvantaged pupils across the school with particular focus on specific year groups Year 6, year 4 and Year 5 (maths).

3) To further promote and develop the Christian ethos of the school.

4) To ensure that all pupils make at least good progress from leaving EYFS to the end of Year 2


Autumn 2017 Curriculum Overviews

Spring 2018 Curriculum Overviews

Long-Term Planning

Below you can find copies of our long-term planning, which is used to ensure full coverage of the curriculum and informs our medium term plans for each term.


Whole-School Themes for 2017-18

Whole-School Themes for 2016-17



Year 1/2

Year 3/4

Year 5/6




Writing progression document

Reading progression document



Phonics and Spelling

At Bedale Church of England Primary School we place great emphasis on the importance of phonics and spelling across the whole school. It is delivered using an interactive approach, initially following the Government scheme Lett

ers and Sounds which is supported by Jolly Phonics in the Early Years. This continues into KS1 where the “Read Write Inc.” scheme is introduced alongside Letters and Sounds. “Read Write Inc.” continues throughout the rest of the school all the way into Year Six.



As a school we promote a love of reading each and every day.

We encourage reading for pleasure and the children enjoy a wide variety of books from a range of genre. Each day the children are involved in reading activities as part of their daily class work and Guided Reading work; this initially allows them to develop early reading skills and then moves onto developing a deeper understanding of a text.

Throughout the year the children use the school library and take part in numerous reading events such as Author visits, World Book Day and Reading Challenges to name but a few.



Once a month a group of children are taken to the White Rose Book Shop in Thirsk to have a really special afternoon. The manager talks to them about the wide selection of interesting books which are available. Then the children go to a cosy storytelling corner where she reads passages from some of the recently released books to fuel their interest. The children then spend time in the book shop looking at a range of wonderful stock and choose books for the school to purchase and take back with them. The book shop owners then treat the children to a nice cookie and drink in their downstairs café before heading back to school. Ben said, “I’ve been looking forward to this all week and it’s been fantastic.” It really is a lovely experience for the children!




Maths curriculum progression document

Calculation policy


Please click on the subjects below to see the long-term planning overviews:



Design and Technology




Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) - French

 Physical Education (PE)

Religious Education (RE)



If you feel you would still like further information about the curriculum, please contact you child's class teacher via the school office.

To put everything into context, this is what our pupils had to say about their learning at Bedale Primary School: