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Curriculum Coverage

Each year we construct our curriculum in line with the National Curruiculm Expectations. History and Geography units are planned on a two yearly cycle, Science is specific to each year group.

Each phase team creates an outline for the year, making links between curriculum areas as appropriate.  We endeaviour to ensure the curriculum responds to the interests of the children and reflects current affairs.


At Bedenham we use the ‘Letters & Sounds’ programme for the delivery of phonics,using synthetic phonics as the main approach. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds to read words, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules. The school follows the government produced programme of ‘Letters and Sounds’. The scheme is followed in a systematic way and is divided into 6 phases. The children are taught all the key sounds and are encouraged to recognise them in print in their reading books and to apply their phonic knowledge when writing.

For more information about how to pronounce the different phonemes (sounds), please go to the following website: http://www.mrthorne.com/44phonemes/

Handwriting at Bedenham Primary School

In Year R the children are taught to print letters with the lead-ins and lead-outs that will prepare them for joined writing. We encourage them to correctly form their letters and to begin to ensure that ascenders and descenders are clear.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Ascenders are the tall parts of the letters b, d, h, k, l, t. Descenders are the parts of the letters which fall below the line on the letters f, g, j, p, q, y, z and many of these join to other letters with a ‘curl’.

Capital letters should be approximately the same size as tall letters.



From Year 1 we begin to teach the children to join their letters using the lead-ins and lead-outs.

There are three main joins, firstly simply using the lead-ins and –outs at the bottom of letters:


Secondly using a ‘curl’ under the line:


Thirdly using a line from the top of the letter:


Once the children have mastered the basic joins and are consistently presenting their work neatly joined we begin to consider when other styles may be appropriate in writing eg to emphasise a particular point.

By Year 6 some children will be developing their own styles of writing, usually based on the style we have taught them.


Personal Development Learning (PDL)

Our Personal Development Learning (PDL) curriculum aims to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental (SMSC) and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. PDL also encompasses Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and covers issues such as alcohol and substance misuse. Our school aims to compliment the PDL curriculum, through assemblies, trips and visitors to the school.


As a whole school we strive to widen the children’s knowledge of the world of IT and how technology can be used and is organised. Across the phases, from year R to year 6, the children all take part in programming and coding sessions; both on computers and practically through the use of programmable toys. We aim to encourage every child to problem solve and work out answers as independently as possible. We hope that this will make the children more resilient when coming across a challenge and that they will be willing to persist until they find a solution.

KS1 regularly use Bee-Bots and the software to support this, encouraging the children to use their problem solving skills to write and debug algorithms (code). Lower KS2 use Probots, these enable the children to develop their knowledge from Bee-Bots to start to sending code to a device and then testing to debug. By years 5 and 6 the children’s understanding should be more sophisticated, moving on their knowledge from the previous years. All units are planned within the national curriculum guidelines.

Every year group still has a focus on e-safety and how to use the internet appropriately, whilst expanding the children’s knowledge of how the internet is used and how it actually works. By years 5 and 6 the children start to work on understanding how networks are set up and how servers control information for a wider set of devices.All word processing skills are still incorporated, although these are mainly taught across the wider curriculum when appropriate or relevant to a real life situation.

Curriculum maps for academic year 2018 / 19

Year 1/2

Year 3/4

Year 5

Year 6

Guided reading