Curriculum Intent

The experiences of our Nursery and Reception children promote the seven areas of learning, as described in the ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ document.


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Learning takes place through a combination of adult and child-led activities, incorporating indoor and outdoor learning. We are fortunate to have an outdoor classroom and a spacious outside area comprising, climbing equipment, mini-beast garden, planting areas, digging patch and scooter/bike track.

In years 1-6, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

The teaching and learning of ‘Essential’ Skills in English and Mathematics predominantly takes place during the first part of the school day. Our afternoons are devoted to topic-based learning.

In Reception, Key Stage One and Two our curriculum topics centre on the book(s) we are reading and studying in our English lessons. Meaningful links across subjects are made. Subjects or areas that do not link are taught separately. Our approach gives our pupils opportunities to become immersed in the topic, to make relevant links and apply their reading, writing and mathematics across the wider curriculum. We use our local environment, the resources of our town, trips further afield and visitors to enrich our curriculum.

Curriculum Overview



At The Baird we have high expectations for all of our pupils and believe that all pupils can achieve highly and become confident and skilled mathematicians. We strive for all pupils to be curious about mathematics and to understand the importance of mathematics in their everyday lives. Since the introduction of the new Mathematics Curriculum in 2014, we have adopted a Mastery Approach to Maths.

In line with the aims of the National Curriculum for mathematics, at The Baird, we aim to ensure that our pupils gain:

  • Deep and sustainable learning in mathematics which they are able to apply to a range of contexts
  • An ability to build on prior knowledge
  • An ability to reason about a concept and make connections
  • Sound procedural and conceptual understanding
  • Fluency with number and the ability to apply this to a range of contexts
  • An ability to solve complex problems by breaking them down into smaller steps and showing resilience