Our primary curriculum is designed to fully prepare children for secondary school and for the national curriculum tests in English and Mathematics at Key Stage 1 and 2.
We aim to ensure that every child achieves their full potential and cater for each child’s strengths, abilities and interests.
Considerable importance is attached to the children achieving and understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills. There is a strong emphasis on the development of arithmetic and mathematical reasoning.
Mathematics is taught as a daily one-hour lesson at Birklands Primary School. Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subjects throughout the year.
Children continue to have lessons in English, phonics and guided reading in Key Stage 1 and 2. We focus on grammar, spelling and guided reading each day alongside writing for purpose. We also encourage cross-curricular writing.
Speaking and Listening
Pupils at Birklands learn how to express themselves and listen to others.
We want every child to enjoy reading for pleasure and to become life-long readers. Children read every day and are encouraged to become independent readers as they move through school.
Pupils are supported to develop their writing skills to enable them to express their ideas in a variety of formal and informal styles.
Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about the world around them, linking practical experience with ideas. Children undertake experiments and investigations to allow them to acquire and develop their own scientific understanding and knowledge. Science is taught separately as well as through cross-curricular links.
At Birklands children are taught to use multi-media devices as tools for researching, developing ideas and showing findings creatively. We achieve this via learning about instructions which leads into the world of coding.