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At Birdwell we are really proud of our personalised and varied curriculum. We want our children to be curious life-long learners who can work collaboratively and achieve their full potential, and our curriculum aims to provide many opportunities for them to achieve this goal. We want our children to experience a wide-range of learning opportunities – where possible linked to purposeful, real-life problems – and that are rooted in developing important key skills and values.

 

Our English and Maths lessons follow the National Curriculum and where opportunities arise cross curricular links are used to enhance learning. We want a rich and rewarding curriculum that is diverse and meets the needs of all of our children. Outdoor learning is a fundamental part of our children’s Birdwell life, with children taking growing responsibility of different conservation areas within the school site. We provide our children a wide range of sporting activities, from dance and athletics to team games and tournaments, every term. As a part of the ENTHUSE science cluster, our children take part in exciting STEM activities and present these to other schools with pride. Art and music also feature prominently within our curriculum. We are passionate about nurturing our children’s enthusiasm and creativity in this way.

 

Children enjoy a range of experiences through their topics, and present their learning to their families in a variety of ways at the end of each: poetry recitals, dance shows, workshops, songs…we love to share the children’s work. We celebrate national and local events together and enjoy participating in Christmas and Summer shows.

 

Our curriculum is outward looking and embraces our wider community. We readily engage with parents, industry, local organisations and individuals to bring the real world into our school. The children learn from talented artists, dancers, musicians and visitors each term who enrich our curriculum. We are incredibly proud of the impact our curriculum has on our local community through our Values work. An important example of this is our Christmas Challenge where every child in the school participates in spreading Christmas cheer to local charities, businesses, hospitals and nursing homes. Through opportunities such as these, we want our children to realise that they can impact positively on their world.

 

Whilst the overview below gives you an idea of the breadth of the topics we study, we ensure that we review our curriculum regularly, so as to best meet the needs of the children in that class, in that room, in that year.

Early Years

Nursery and Reception

 

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Year 3

 

Year 4

 

Year 5

 

Year 6

 

We are completely responsive to the interests of our current children and plan accordingly.

 

In the past we have enjoyed:

 

Skills for School

Fizz! Bang! Pop!
All About Me

Space

All Around the World

Minibeasts

Up, Up and Away!

Down in the Jungle

Traditional Tales

We are Photographers

 

The Circus

 

Celebrations

 

Materials

 

The UK

(N, S, E, W)

 

Animals or Pets or British Wildlife

 

Toys through Time

The Circus

 

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

 

The Great Fire of London

 

Flat Stanley: Where in the World?

 

Plants

 

Comparing Countries

 

Rainforests

 

Humans including Animals

 

The Environment

 

Vikings – Invaders and Settlers

 

Flight

 

The Romans

 

Around the World: India, France, Antarctica (comparing countries).

 

Extreme Earth (natural disasters)

 

Space

 

 

The Mayans

 

World War Two

 

 

 

Rivers

 

Medicine and Disease

 

Ancient Greeks

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