Curriculum

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.

Namely:

  • 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

English

Maths

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

Computing

At The Baird Primary Academy, we have high expectations for all our pupils and strive that all become logical and computational thinkers, who are digitally literate and can use and apply information technology to communicate their ideas. We recognise that technology is an integral part of everyday life and strive to equip our pupils to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving digital world. We offer our pupils a comprehensive computing curriculum in order to prepare them for life in the digital 21st century and a connected world. All pupils need to learn how to use and process digital information and to keep themselves digitally safe. Our pupils’ safety is paramount and we therefore spend considerable time focusing on digital safety.

Phonics

At The Baird Primary Academy, we place an emphasis on the teaching of reading to ensure all pupils are able to read fluently and accurately. We believe that all pupils should leave primary school as fluent readers, who have a love of reading, and are able to comprehend a range of texts – we believe that this increases the accessibility of the wider curriculum for pupils.

Phonics is taught systematically and discretely as our initial approach for the teaching of early reading so that children have the skills they need to decipher new words and read fluently and confidently by the end of KS1. Alongside phonics, pupils engage in a broad and rich language and literacy curriculum to build vocabulary, narrative and storytelling skills to enable pupils to be able to read with understanding and enjoyment as they progress through KS1.