At Bishop Road we recognise story and narrative as the fundamental way that people share meaning and develop a sense of the world. For this reason we place reading, telling and sharing stories at the centre of our curriculum. Story is the basis for our approach to social, emotional and academic development and the cornerstone to our broad and balanced curriculum.
We are passionate about seeing every child at Bishop Road develop and nurture an enjoyment and desire for reading. We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which includes the teaching of phonics to help children decode words, an awareness of comprehension skills and strong focus on exploring meaning. We use picture books, novels and factual texts to engage and stimulate learning, ensuring children enjoy high quality writing that elevates their knowledge and understanding. We use a programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ to introduce synthetic phonics systematically. Children are encouraged to read widely both in and outside school and we are proud of our excellent school library that is the heart of our school.
We have a consistent approach to the teaching of writing across the school. This involves the use of picture books as a stimulus for our dedicated weekly creative writing lesson. Children are encouraged to develop their wider narrative understanding by exploring, discussing and responding to a complete text in this focused lesson. For our daily English lessons we use complete novels and other books in the juniors and shorter books in the infants as a stimulus for writing, speaking and listening.
Our Maths curriculum has a focus on real life applications as well as using and applying skills to ensure our curriculum is engaging and relevant. We strive to optimise enrichment opportunities with trips and visits throughout the year groups as well as regularly entering children in the Bristol Maths Challenge and Primary Mathematics Challenge. We have developed our own calculation policy to ensure we are teaching key mathematical skills in a consistent and progressive way. We use a resource called ‘numicon’ to help children develop a solid understanding of number and benefit from a dedicated one to one Maths Tutor who supports children with specific learning needs.
From our story centred curriculum we make links between different subjects (particularly history, geography and science) to ensure learning is contextualised and purposeful. Story provides the basis for a wealth of wider investigative learning, with children developing a secure understanding of exciting and challenging ideas in a meaningful and relevant way. Our enrichment programme means children benefit from practical experiences through trips and visitors to the school which in turn link back to the class story or novel and reinforce and embed learning.
We follow the Bristol Locally Agreed Religious Education Syllabus. You can find out more here
We have developed our own PSHE programme exploring our school values. In the context of other studies. This approach is successful in creating a safe space in which children can explore topics and themes that ensure healthy and positive wider pupil development.
PE is taught by specialist sports teachers. Children learn a range of indoor and outdoor sports, using our facilities on our school field and on the main school site. Children in Year 5 & 6 enjoy lessons on our purpose built climbing wall and pupils take part in swimming lessons in Year 3.
Music is taught in every year group. Every child in year 4 learns to play the ukulele and there are music lessons for individuals and small groups for children in years 4-6.
We use a software package called iCompute and Rising Stars to help us deliver the computing curriculum. We work closely with Cotham Secondary which is our local Lead School for Computing to help enrich our provision. Whenever possible we make links between the computing curriculum and other areas of the curriculum.
We have a specialist Art and DT teacher who delivers art lessons across the school and supports teachers with their art lessons. Art and DT are generally linked to our class novel or picture book.
Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learn a modern foreign language. This year Yr 3 are learning Latin, Yr 4 & 5 Spanish and Yr 6 French.
The National Curriculum sets out what all maintained state schools are required to teach and the level of achievement pupils are expected to reach. The information below details the key areas of learning that children will develop in English and Maths as they move through the school.
Curriculum Maps can be found under ‘Curriculum Information’ on each year group page.