The Curriculum at Bowmandale

All children at Bowmandale Primary School have access to a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum which links directly to National Curriculum objectives. Cross-curricular links are made where appropriate and we make clear links to everyday life to ensure that learning is current and relevant. The curriculum is enhanced by educational visits both around the local area and further afield.

Curriculum Newsletters

Each Milepost studies a termly cross-curricular topic of work based upon the National Curriculum which is our statutory requirement.

Please have a look at our current learning themes below.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Miss Wilkinson and Mrs Smith's curriculum newsletter

Year 1

Miss Hall's curriculum newsletter

Mrs Ashton's curriculum newsletter

Year 2

Miss Picksley's curriculum newsletter

Miss Singleton's curriculum newsletter

Year 3

Miss Turner's curriculum newsletter

Mrs Palin's Year 3 curriculum newsletter

Year 4

Mrs Palin's Year 4 curriculum newsletter

Miss Dunkerley's curriculum newsletter

Year 5

Miss Brewster's curriculum newsletter

Mrs Douglass's Year 5 curriculum newsletter

Year 6

Mrs Douglass's Year 6 curriculum newsletter

Mr Taylor's curriculum newsletter


In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we predominantly use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, which is accompanied by books which are phonetically decodable. These include Songbirds, Big Cat Phonics and Floppy's Phonics. We also have a range of Fireflies books which are non-fiction so children can access both fiction and non-fiction.

In Key Stage 2 we also use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which includes graphic novels, classics, poetry, Treetops Chucklers and have a range of fiction and non-fiction. Once children are confident readers, they have the opportunity to read 'free reading' books which means they read books by different authors and do not follow a scheme.

Additionally, we operate a fiction and non-fiction library loan service where children are encouraged to browse our collection of books and choose something to take home. Children also have the opportunity to join and visit Barton town library.

Children who require further support with reading may have daily 1:1 reading with adults or they attend a variety of intervention programmes run by trained teaching assistants.

We place an emphasis on comprehension at Bowmandale Primary School and encourage any adults to do the same when reading with children. Children are actively encouraged to read widely and we expect all children to read at least four times a week at home to an adult.


At Bowmandale each child has a daily English lesson. Throughout the school children are taught within their own classes, which are of mixed ability. Learning is often supported by the help of a Teaching Assistant.

Children are taught English using the 'Talk for Writing' approach. This strategy encourages the use of talking, drama and text analysis. Children learn a text and examine its structures and features so that they can then apply them in their own writing based on the same genre.

All children follow the National Curriculum for English, which you will find below. Cross-curricular links are made where appropriate and we make clear links between reading and writing experiences to build children’s confidence in their own independent writing.

National Curriculum English

English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (EGPS)

English grammar, punctuation and spelling was introduced by the government in 2013 to assess children's skills in each of these different areas of English. As such, it forms a part of the national tests (SATS) taken at the end of Key Stage 2. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are incorporated into discrete phonics lessons for Key Stage 1 and English lessons for Key Stage 2. The revised National Curriculum has further raised expectations of pupils by increasing the difficulty and placing an emphasis on technical language.

DfE sample papers and mark scheme


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. It is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate sounds, and to understand the link between the sound (phoneme) and the way it is written (grapheme).

At Bowmandale Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme, a Phonics resource published by the Department for Education. This programme prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonics knowledge and skills with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by the age of seven.

Children throughout Reception and Key Stage 1 take part in a daily phonics session. These focus on developing reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. The Letters and Sounds programme is divided into six phases, with each overlapping phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Phonics teaching takes place in Key Stage 2 for those pupils who require it.

Letters and Sounds (PDF)

Jolly Phonics


At Bowmandale each child has a daily mathematics lesson. Throughout the school, children are taught within their own classes which are of mixed ability. Many classes are supported by the help of a teaching assistant to enhance learning.

We have adopted the mastery approach to maths which means that children approach their learning using practical resources to secure their understanding before progressing onto more abstract methods. Mental maths forms a strong part of children’s mathematical development and we place a strong emphasis on reasoning in maths. Opportunities to explain their understanding orally to others enables children to further consolidate their own understanding.

National Curriculum Mathematics


Science is a hugely important element of the curriculum at Bowmandale and as such, our science curriculum is planned by a science specialist to ensure progression through the school. A huge emphasis is placed on working scientifically, which enables children to develop their own scientific understanding through practical investigation. We use our environment and facilities to support scientific enquiry where appropriate.

National Curriculum Science


We aim to provide a high quality geography curriculum through a topic-based approach. As pupils progress through the school, we aim to provide practical and interactive activities to deepen and secure their knowledge and understanding. Children have opportunities to develop specific skills such as fieldwork and map work, as well as interpreting photos and data.

National Curriculum Geography


At Bowmandale we strive to provide a high-quality history education which will enable pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History is taught through a creative curriculum whereby we encourage our children to be free thinkers. We believe History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, and diversity of societies allowing our pupils to develop a sense of their own identity and the challenges of their time.

National Curriculum History

Religious Education

At Bowmandale Primary School, children are taught to understand and respect the importance of religious beliefs in the world around them. We encourage pupils to use and develop skills in critical thinking and reflection. In Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils follow the Humber Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education agreed syllabus for 2016 and we aim to ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages. Children are taught across the three strands of:

In the Foundation Stage, RE is taught through topics based upon the children's own lives and experiences.

Religious Education Agreed Syllabus

Design and Technology

At Bowmandale we aim to develop the children's imagination and creativity through inspiring, rigorous and practical activities which will equip them with skills needed to become confident and successful members of the increasingly technical world in which they live. We wholeheartedly embrace the increased focus on cooking and nutrition within the new Design and Technology curriculum and as a school we seek to provide our children with opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.

National Curriculum Design and Technology


Our computing scheme of work has five strands: Online, Multimedia, E-Safety, Programming, and Data. Programming receives particular focus in the National Curriculum and E-Safety is regularly reinforced through PSHCE and assemblies.

We believe that technology should be embedded within the curriculum and to facilitate this ambition, the school is continuing to invest in our information technology infrastructure and in the professional development of our staff.

The National Curriculum requirements are taught through a variety of methods including physical activities as well as hands-on experience with a range of different technologies.

National Curriculum Computing

Art and Design

At Bowmandale children are given the opportunity to develop their creative and imaginative ideas, using a range of materials and techniques. Children learn about the world of art, craft and design; they are taught to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our lives.

National Curriculum Art and Design


PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education. Although it is a non-statutory subject all schools are expected to teach PSHCE as outlined in the National Curriculum. Through a broad and varied programme of study, our children are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions about issues which may impact on their daily lives, such as keeping themselves safe, drugs, finance, sex and relationships, physical activity and diet.

National Curriculum PSHCE

PSHCE Policy

British Values

The DfE requires schools to promote fundamental British values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Schools must also challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. We actively promote these British in a variety of ways including through RE, PSHCE, assemblies and discreet lessons which relate specifically to one of these five values.

All staff and governors at Bowmandale have received Prevent training to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to be vigilant in keeping our children safe.

DfE guidance about promoting British values

Bowmandale's Promoting British Values statement

Sex and Relationships Education

At Bowmandale, Sex and Relationships Education is supported by the curriculum for Science and PSHE. A Sex and Relationship Education policy is in place and staff follow procedures in order to uphold the moral development of our children in all areas of teaching where questions relating to physical and emotional development arise. Consequently, our pupils receive their Sex and Relationships education in the wider context of relationships, so that all are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Our children are encouraged, from entering the Foundation Stage through to year 6, to show care and respect for themselves and each other. A programme of support to develop these skills is in place, annually provided by Big Talk Education. Other specific teaching relating to Sex and Relationships features in years 4 and 6, using a range of suitable materials.

Big Talk Education

Sex and Relationships Education Policy


Every child participates in two sessions of PE each week in which children develop a wide range of skills. In Year 4, all pupils receive swimming lessons to enable them to become competent in swimming at least 25 metres. A specialist PE teacher is employed by the school to support some of our less experienced staff in delivering a broad range of indoor and outdoor activities. In addition, we further opportunities during the school year to engage in inter-school sports, after school sports clubs and whole school sporting events such as team challenges and sports days.

Each school in England receives a block sum of funding called Sports Premium, which is used to support better standards of physical education and greater participation in sporting events over the time that the government provides the funding. The documents below detail the amount and impact of this funding.

Sports Premium 2016-2017

Sports Premium 2015-2016

Educational Visits

We aim to enhance our curriculum by giving pupils a wide range of first-hand learning experiences that are relevant, memorable and fun. We use our local town as well as the wider area to bring learning to life.

Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of visits/activities that take place during the school day. In addition to day visits we offer two fantastic residential experiences.

Our current residential opportunities are:

Year 4 - Robinwood Activity Centre

Year 6 - Newlands Activity Centre

Home Learning

We have an approach to home learning which is designed to be family-friendly, engaging and easy to manage but which has the purpose of developing life skills and a love of learning. Each term, children have a choice of tasks which can be completed independently, with support or as a family.

Download the Summer 1 home learning tasks below.

Summer 2 Home Learning Tasks

Summer 1 Home Learning Tasks

First 100 High Frequency Words

Next 200 High Frequency Words

Further guidance on home learning is documented in our Home Learning Policy.