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Curriculum Intent Statement

At Bowmandale Primary School our aim is to provide all our learners with a broad and balanced curriculum which excites and engages them. We recognise that all children are different and we celebrate this individuality and strive to create an environment where diversity is celebrated and respected and where learners set high personal aspirations. We encourage our pupils to develop a positive growth mindset, build resilience and become creative, critical and independent thinkers.


We firmly believe that children should feel that there are no barriers to their learning and that there are no limits to what they can achieve. At the core of teaching and learning at our school are the basic skills, understanding and values which all children need in order to be ready for life beyond the primary setting. By providing children with exciting and innovative learning opportunities, we aim to stimulate their curiosity, develop their inquiry skills and foster their inquisitive nature. Our curriculum allows children to participate in memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. We also encourage strong links with the community and strive to ensure that all our pupils are well prepared for life in their local area as well as life in modern day Britain.


At Bowmandale Primary School, we provide our children with a curriculum that is designed to be flexible, engaging and exciting so that their unique needs, passions and interests are embraced. Every child is an exceptional individual and we celebrate and respect differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge and values that equips our children for their future successes. We inspire our children to become accomplished, happy individuals, ready to reach their full potential in an ever-changing world.

Our EYFS curriculum is driven to: recognise children’s prior learning and experiences, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience through our ‘Growth Mindset’ approach and become critical and creative thinkers.

Our aims;

  • Work in partnership with our parents and carers to promote independent, confident and enthusiastic learners who thrive in school and make at least good progress from their various starting points. (We belong to a tightly knit community where we promote positive relationships and attitudes to learning where we enthuse aspiration for both children and their parents).
  • Plan for our children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.
  • Provide our children with a wide range of rich, first hand experiences to take the curriculum beyond the classroom.
  • Foster the development of each child’s character, personal development, health and wellbeing preparing them to make a valuable contribution to society.
  • Provide purposeful, enticing and well planned indoor and outdoor environments which supports learning in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Prepare children to reach the Early Learning goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make at least good progress from their starting points.

Curriculum Newsletters

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

You can download these newsletters from our newsletters page.


Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale Primary school, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. One of our priorities is helping children read and develop their all-important comprehension skills. We want our children to develop to become fluent readers who read widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We also strive to develop a ‘reading for pleasure’ culture, by providing children with access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites. We want to produce children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. We therefore recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and can adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally. Furthermore, we want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and ensure that they can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.


We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge base in English which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high education and will give our children the tools that they need to be a member of both the school and also wider society.



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 Read Write Inc. programme. This scheme prepares children for learning to read and write by developing their phonics knowledge and skills.

Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 take part in a daily Read Write Inc. session. Phonics teaching takes place in Key Stage 2 for those pupils who require it.



In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, which is then accompanied by a range of other books which are phonetically decodable. These include Read Write Inc, 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 writing using a range of strategies including 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.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)

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 is 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.



Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale Primary school our aim in mathematics is to inspire, challenge and encourage children to achieve the best they possibly can. We aim to make links to the real world, as well as within the mathematical curriculum and also ensure that cross curricular links are made so that children can see how maths surrounds us so much in our everyday life and in our local community.


We fully support the aims of the curriculum which encourages children to become fluent, reason mathematically and solve problems. This is achieved at Bowmandale by providing a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as a range of resources (including digital) to ensure all children can be successful in maths and apply their skills in a range of contexts. We particularly value ensuring that our children move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace so that all our children have high aspirations, self-esteem and confidence.


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.


Subject Intent Statement:

Bowmandale Primary School seeks to provide high quality Science teaching. Through our practical and enjoyable curriculum, we promote and develop transferable skills; such as observation, communication and team work. Our children are encouraged to have an enquiring mind and to ask questions and be questioned. Our curriculum aims to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge. In a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology, we aim to equip our pupils for the wider world.


Subject Intent Statement:

We aim to provide a high quality geography curriculum through a project-based learning 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. Where possible studies will always be linked back to their locality.


Geography lessons at Bowmandale should inspire in children a curiosity, empathy and understanding about the world and its people. We endeavour to teach Geography through a skills based approach ensuring that skills progress in line with the National Curriculum and the specific expectations for any given year group.



Subject Intent Statement:

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 chronological (KS2) project-based learning approach. 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.


History lessons at Bowmandale should inspire in children a curiosity, empathy and understanding about the world and its people. We endeavour to develop the children’s understanding of their local history including specific heritage e.g. Wilderspin (founding father of modern schooling), alongside of a more complex and diverse set of people and societies.

Religious Education

Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale Primary, we believe that it is important for all our pupils to learn from and about religion, so that they can understand the world around them. The aim of Religious Education in our school is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school.  It plays an important role, along with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE, in promoting social awareness and understanding in our children. We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We encourage our learners to develop a positive attitude towards other people who hold religious beliefs different from their own.  We include and promote British values, ensuring that children are aware of their rights and responsibilities as UK citizens. Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, enquiry, debate, discussion and independence.



Design and Technology

Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale Primary School, we know that Design and Technology helps to promote creativity, self-confidence and also encourages children to think imaginatively. Our Design and Technology curriculum is a crucial part of school life and aims to raise children’s aspirations, allowing them to undertake a range of experiences through a variety of creative and practical activities. Design and Technology skills are taught progressively to ensure that our children effectively develop their understanding and capabilities as they move through the school. Our aim is to prepare children to deal with tomorrows rapidly changing world by helping them to become independent learners whilst also allowing them to work collaboratively with others. 




Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale Primary School, we aim to give our pupils the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish.  Our aim is to consistently provide a high-quality computing education which enables all of our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Through the children’s years at Bowmandale, we will support them to become digitally literate and competent users of technology but through our computer science lessons we support the children to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In doing this, children will be equipped, ready for their future and career opportunities will be endless.


The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology


These requirements are taught through a variety of methods including physical activities as well as hands-on experience with a range of different technologies. We place a huge emphasis on online safety which is embedded throughout the curriculum as well as taught in specific lessons. 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.

Art and Design

Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale, we believe the arts are a fundamental part of children’s education. The subject has a significant role within the taught curriculum, offering many SMSC and enrichment opportunities within school and across our community. Effective teaching encourages critical thinking and growth mindset, all whilst developing a sound understanding of the visual language and visual elements of art and design.


The 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.


Subject Intent Statement:

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work which offers children a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to leave primary school with the knowledge, skills and attributes in order to manage their lives, now and in the future. We aim to give them strategies to make safe and informed decisions and to lead healthy, safe and responsible lives, prepared for life in Modern Britain.  We aim to develop confident, independent learners who are able to consider the thoughts and feelings of others and have a good understanding of the world around them. 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

At Bowmandale, Relationships and Sex Education is supported by the curriculum for Science and PSHE. A Relationships and Sex 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 Relationships and Sex Education in the wider context of relationships, so that they 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 Relationships and Sex Education features in Years 4 and 6, using a range of suitable materials which supplement the children's work with Big Talk Education.


Subject Intent Statement:

Our intent is that all children at Bowmandale will develop a love of languages and a breadth of French skills in preparation for further language learning in KS3 and beyond.  With incidental learning opportunities for our KS1 pupils providing the building blocks for formal language learning in KS2.  We strive to use inclusive practice to deliver a broad language curriculum based upon the five core strands of learning a language - speaking, listening, reading, writing and using appropriate grammar.  We have selected to follow the 'Language Angels' scheme of work which is fully compliant with the Languages Programme of study and ensures children have access to authentic French speakers.  Children will progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics.  Attainment and progression in languages will be monitored by teachers termly ensuring all learners are making expected or better progress.


Subject Intent Statement:

At Bowmandale Primary School, our music curriculum aims to inspire creativity, self-expression, positivity, self-confidence and encourages our children on their musical journey, as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We hope to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all these elements will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians. Therefore, we believe that it should be a part of our everyday practice, whether through daily physical activity, singing assemblies, extra-curricular activities or music lessons. 


In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to use their voices to sing expressively through learning songs and chants linked to their Charanga topic. They will begin to develop an awareness of the different interrelated dimensions of music through listening to a range of live and recorded music, and exploring and playing tuned and untuned instruments, which will include contributing to group and class compositions. Children will also use technology to aid their understanding of music and to record their compositional work.


In Key Stage 2 the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different interrelated dimensions of music through composing and performing music linked to their topic, in addition to exploring music from other countries, cultures and that of great composers. The children will learn how to read and record staff notation. There are opportunities for the children to learn the guitar in years 5 and 6. Children will also use technology to aid their understanding of music and to record their compositional work.


Progression in music will be assessed by the teacher listening to the children’s musical responses and making regular video and audio recordings of their learning. With the guidance from our scheme of work, Charanga, the children in all year groups will have the opportunity to regularly play the glockenspiel.


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, PSHE, 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.


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 physical activity mentor is in school every Wednesday to enhance our provision. In addition, we offer 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. Sports Premium spending at Bowmandale can be found on the Policies page.

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 residential opportunities are currently offered to Year 4 and Year 6 pupils.



In response to feedback we have received from families, class teachers now issue a weekly homework task which is related to the current learning for that particular week. This either enables children to consolidate their understanding or to undertake pre-learning before an upcoming topic.


In addition to weekly homework tasks, we politely ask families to support their children with weekly reading, spelling and times tables activities. Please find lists of high frequency words below if you wish to access these to support your child's learning.

Further guidance on homework is documented in our updated Home Learning Policy.

Home Learning Policy