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Burneston CE (VA) Primary School


creation, compassion, fellowship, friendship, forgiveness, respect, trust, wisdom


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School Curriculum


Curriculum Overview

At Burneston C of E Aided School, the curriculum is based on the Foundation Stage Guidance, The National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for RE – Diocese of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds.


We deliver a curriculum that builds on children’s learning and meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum includes opportunities to:

•become more independent and develop our thinking skills

•celebrate and study national events

•take part in local competitions and events, including sporting and music events

•have experience of being away from home and parents

•experience/learn about a range cultures within Britain

.and not forgetting that some of this learning will be done through baking, cooking and tasting which we enjoy at Burneston!



Each term, each teacher produces a Curriculum Statement, designed to let parents know the aspects of learning that will be covered over the coming term. Please click on one of the links below to see what the children have been or will be learning each term...






If you can't find information you require or need further details about the learning your children will be following, please don't hesitate to contact one of our teachers or our Headteacher via the school office.





We study a wide range of genres (types) of writing including fiction and non-fiction. Lessons follow a thematic approach using prinicples taken from Pie Corbett's Talk 4 Writing. Teachers use modern technology, classic and modern texts as well as other creative starting points to stimulate high quality writing.


We practice handwriting regularly and teach the formation of letters through the Penpals handwriting families;

•Curly Caterpillar Letters: a c d g f s o q e

•One- Armed Robot letters: b h k m n p r

•Long Ladder Letters: i j l t u y

•Zig-Zag Monster Letters: z  v w x


Children start to join handwriting as soon as they are ready, usually from the end of Year 1.



At school pupils are given access to a wide range of reading material and books are regularly taken home. Pupils will read a mixture of ‘real’ books and those from our reading schemes (including some Big Cat Collins book and some Oxford Reading Tree books). We are currently using a range of books which are “colour banded”. This is a well used system of grading books on the difficultly of their text and content. We allow children to select a home reading book of their choice from a selection within a colour band. We may sometimes “guide” choices to ensure children are reading a variety of texts and not repeating books.


Early Readers

Your child will read at least once per week to their teacher and we aim to read with children twice a week. This focused teaching of reading skills will be as part of group guided reading sessions once per week. If your child needs additional reading support, your child’s class teacher will inform you of this and your child will read more often during the week.


Confident Readers

Your child will read at least once per week to their teacher or teaching assistant and we aim to read with children twice a week. Again, this focused teaching of reading skills will be as part of group guided reading sessions and if your child needs additional reading support, your child’s class teacher will inform you of this and your child will read more often. As children become more confident with reading they will select their own books beyond colour book banding. Some schools call this “free reading”. The teachers and teaching assistants will, however, use their professional knowledge to ensure that the reading matter is appropriate.



At Burneston CE Aided School we follow the Letters and Sounds Teaching Program to deliver high quality phonics lessons. See “Owls” Curriculum for further details. The children are taught to use the correct vocabulary to describe phonics; phoneme=speech sound, grapheme=spelling choice, digraph=2 letter spelling choice. They are also taught the letter names as well as phonemes from the beginning of reception.  



At Burneston CE Primary School we follow the National Curriculum to teach Mathematics. To improve mental recall of number facts in school, we use a North Yorkshire initiative called SMIRFS (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts).



At Burneston we use the North Yorkshire Local Authority Science Scheme of Work to support us in planning a stimulating science curriculum. Children in Year 6 have the opportunity to visit Bedale High School to further extend their science experience.  


Religious Education

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School we have a comprehensive RE Policy at Burneston and offer children an insight into the Christian faith through every aspect of school. Religious education is taught in accordance with both the North Yorkshire Scheme of Work and the Bradford and Ripon & Leeds Religious Education Syllabus and reflects the distinctive and inclusive ethos of our Anglican foundation. The purpose of religious education is to enable children to learn about religions and to learn from religion.



The children are taught specific Computing and Internet Safety skills as well as using ICT equipment (including laptops and iPads) to support their studies in other areas of the curriculum.


Design Technology

The children have the opportunity to do design and make projects throughout the year. From an early age children are encouraged to select resources and create items to solve problems (in Owls workshop and construction areas). The children continue to use these skills throughout the school, making items such as bomb proof air raid shelters!


Art and Design

The children are taught about and experience a range of media through “Exploring and Developing Ideas” as well as “Evaluating and Developing Work”. The children have an opportunity to do the following type of art work; Drawing, Painting, Printing, Textiles, Collage, Digital Media and 3-D work.


History and Geography

These two subjects are often the drivers for themed work in our curriculum. We enjoy having visitors and going on visits to explore this learning further. We have adapted our long term plan to reflect the changes in these subjects in the new National Curriculum.



We are very proud of our musical tradition at Burneston and our music curriculum often extends beyond the classroom. We have talented musicians who have work hard to perform for others both in school and out. Our performances bring our music curriculum to life and are loved by the school community.


PSHE and Citizenship (Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Learning)

We use the “Social and Emotional Aspect of Learning” resources to support this extremely important aspect of the curriculum. The six topics we study each year are; New Beginnings, Getting on and Falling Out, Going for Goals, Good to Be Me, Relationships and Changes.



We are a school that loves our sport. We have an active PE curriculum and our passion for play goes further than our twice weekly PE lessons. We enter many local competitions in many different types of sport; gymnastics, football, running and other athletics. Girls and boys are encouraged to be active with after school dance, athletics and field games clubs in operation throughout the year. We also take children in KS1 and KS2 swimming.