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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

At Birdwell we are really proud of our varied, exciting and challenging curriculum. We try to make links for our children that are linked to current local, national and global events, as well as being led by their passion and interests. We aim to celebrate one whole school topic each year, usually linked to local, national or global events. In the past this has been Shaun the Sheep (linked to Bristol) and the Olympics.


In September 2014, the Government introduced a new National Curriculum. This new curriculum was designed to provide children with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that they require as citizens of Great Britain. As an academy we do not have to follow this; however we have chosen to use it for close guidance when planning our children’s learning experiences, alongside Chris Quigley’s essential curriculum for our Foundation subjects.


The new curriculum encourages a greater focus on developing children’s understanding, giving them time to apply skills in a variety of contexts, rather than racing ahead to progress through increased material.


We work hard to ensure that all of our children’s experiences in school are meaningful and enriching, often teaching through topics that link different subject areas.


Your children's year group and class pages will have specific curriculum information in their termly topic webs. 



Our school aims to provide our children with an excellent curriculum: designed for those particular children, on that particular day, in that particular classroom.


Early Years Curriculum

Topics are based on children’s interests.

Please see class pages for more information about current topics.


Key Stage 1 2017 – 2018 

Year 1

Life at Sea



The UK 


Plants and Food


Year 2

Life at Sea

Brunel's Bristol 

Weather Experts

The Great Fire of London 

Ready, Steady, Grow!

Country study 


Lower Key Stage 2 2017 – 2018


Year 3






Year 4





Upper Key Stage 2 2016 – 2017


Year 5 / 6

Martin Luther King


Crime and Punishment