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Berwick Hills Primary School Curriculum


At Berwick Hills we are committed to developing our children as individuals, nurturing their talents and preparing them for the next stage of life. We are highly ambitious for our children and seek to ensure children achieve the highest academic standards as well as developing into confident, caring, well rounded citizens who can go on to fulfil their full potential.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, based on the National Curriculum and Religious Education is provided in school within the framework of the Middlesbrough Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Underpinning our curriculum are our core values: Excellence, Equality, Determination, Courage, Kindness, Respect, Cooperation


Most learning takes place within the context of a topic and is underpinned by a wide range of quality literature within our bespoke English Scheme of work.   However, some subjects or elements of subject are taught separately. These include a bespoke Mathematics Scheme of Work, PE, RE, PSHE, and Phonics.

Across school within the topics, we ensure the subject specific skills and essential knowledge are embedded in the teaching. We strive to ensure that, for example within a history-based topic, the national curriculum themes and knowledge are taught, but so are the skills needed to be a historian.

This approach differs slightly depending upon the age of the child.  For instance, in the Early Years Foundation Stage although planning covers all statutory requirements, our teaching staff try, where possible, to respond to the children's interests and needs.  

At Berwick Hills Primary School, pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage follow the EYFS curriculum.     

Pupils in Year One and Year Two follow Key Stage One of the National Curriculum.   They follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics. Pupils in Years Three to Six follow Key Stage Two of the National Curriculum. 

The National Curriculum covers a wide range of subjects:-



Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, Art, PE, Music, Information Technology and Design Technology. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons are also taught, together with Citizenship. A Modern Foreign Language (French) is taught as part of the KS2 curriculum. Reception and KS1 pupils learn basic French vocabulary, taught through songs and stories, in preparation for starting French lessons in Year 3.
Details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

Curriculum Enhancement:

We plan opportunities throughout school, to enhance children’s learning experiences and to help them develop into confident and responsible young people. Offering breadth throughout the curriculum as well as funded opportunities for a wide range of trips, visitors and cultural experiences is key to embodied cultural capital- the background knowledge of the world and associated vocabulary children need for inference and understanding. Staff plan lessons that are exciting and engaging using every opportunity to broaden and apply children’s learning through memorable experiences, visits and visitors into school.


Where next?


We are currently in the process of reviewing our curriculum organisation and implementation in order to further incorporate the latest research into metacognition and how learning is a change to long term memory.