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.
The school environment and the many and varied wall displays reflect the broad, balanced and rich curriculum that is provided.
School visits are used frequently to enhance learning in the foundation subjects
Ofsted Short Inspection, published February 2018
School Improvement Plan 2019-20
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. Our 2019-20 SIP objectives are:
Autumn 2019 Curriculum Overviews
Spring 2020 Curriculum Overviews
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.
Each term has a whole-school theme. The children work on this in their classes and share what they have done with the children in other year groups. They may also work collaboratively between classes to produce some work.
Autumn 2019 Whole-school themes:
Spring 2020 Whole-school themes:
Summer 2020 Whole-school themes:
Long-term Planning Overviews
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 Letters and Sounds which is supported by Jolly Phonics in the Early Years as well as "Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle" to support writing. 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 North Yorkshire Libraries Reading Challenges to name but a few.
Once per half-term, 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!
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: