Bishops Lydeard Church School | Our Curriculum
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Bishops Lydeard Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is designed to achieve strong outcomes, positive mental and physical health, resilience and identity: reflecting our vision of ‘life in all its fullness’.

The aim of Bishops Lydeard Church School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.

There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Our school ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

We aim to provide a highly inclusive environment where virtually all learners enjoy their education and most make very good progress in most subjects and areas of learning. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through appropriate extension activities. Those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

Bishop Lydeard’s focus on curriculum development is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.

The children’s own community, its heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and providing a purpose and relevance for learning.

Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. The innovative practice across the school provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to work in teams and develop social skills both indoors and out.

This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors into Bishops Lydeard enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.

Our Shared Trust Curriculum Intent Statement

The Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust approach to the curriculum is to support and enable all our schools to provide a curriculum that:

  • Is tailored to meet the needs of the school, its context and its pupils
  • Is rooted in the unique context of each school, drawing on its culture, heritage and community
  • Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place
  • Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding
  • Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our five core Christian values – kindness, respect, perseverance, forgiveness, love
  • Is ambitious for all pupils
  • Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual
  • Secures pupils’ core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with learning needs or disabilities
  • Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond
  • Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils
  • Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments

All pupils in our Trust should:

  • Enjoy learning and understand the importance of this for their growth and development.
  • Understand and apply Christian values that enhance the experience and development of themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate positive behaviour that reflects the core Christian values of the Trust.
  • Have a sense of belonging to their community.
  • Be confident, ambitious, aspirational, self-evaluative, learners who are engaged, excited and empowered by their learning experiences.
  • Have a sense of pride in who they are, where they live and the school they attend.
  • Make a positive contribution to their community and wider society.
  • Be well prepared for life in modern Britain.
  • Achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics unless pupils’ disabilities or learning needs mean that this is not possible.
  • Make good progress across the curriculum appropriate to their prior attainment.
  • Experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social disadvantage.
  • Achieve well in external assessment against National benchmarks at the end of each key stage.
  • Articulate their hopes and aspirations for their future.

Please see our curriculum intention and implementation process document below:

Bishops Lydeard curriculum implementation overview 2020-2021


Curriculum Overview cycle A Bishops Lydeard

Curriculum Overview cycle B Bishops Lydeard




Overview-of-Reception and Year 1

Nursery theme overview

Curriculum and Learning Progressions

Click on the links to see each progression and coverage for each area of our curriculum. More detail can be found on the pages of the curriculum drop down menu:

Core subjects


Maths Progression


Bishops Lydeard Natty-Numbers-progression-and-skills-progression


Spelling Progression

Writing Progression

Bishops Lydeard Church School Reading Curriculum Progression Map

Phonics Progression

Bishops Lydeard Cracking Comprehension Text Progression




Bishops Lydeard Science Progression

Science vocabulary

Bishops Lydeard Year 1 & 2 Science Coverage

Bishops Lydeard Year 3 & 4 Science Coverage

Bishops Lydeard Year 5 & 6 Science Coverage

Foundation Subjects progressions and vocabulary 

Bishops Lydeard PE Progression

Bishops Lydeard Design-and-Technology Progression

Design and Technology vocabulary

Bishops Lydeard Art-and-Design Progression

Art and Design vocabulary

Bishops Lydeard History Progression

History vocabulary

History vocabularyBishops Lydeard Jigsaw PSHE Progression

Bishops Lydeard Geography Progression

Bishops Lydeard KS2-MFL-Overview-and-skills Progression

Bishops Lydeard Music Progression

Music Vocabulary

Bishops Lydeard Computing Progression

Computing Vocabulary

We have looked at a progression of skills and learning entitlements we want for our children. We have linked these with the community and immediate and wider environment.

First hand Experiences in our school, community and the wider environment

Experiences we offer our children

Skills we help our children develop

Nursery and Reception Children follow the Early Years Curriculum and we use The National Curriculum to plan sequences of learning for children from Y1 – Y6. The coverage and knowledge being taught is routinely checked to ensure an enriching curriculum is being taught.

The curriculum consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education.

Foundation subjects such as Art, Design Technology, French, Geography, History, Music and PE are also taught as well as Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE- Jigsaw).

We teach in phases and have a two year rolling programme for the curriculum. (EYFS, KS1, LKS2, UKS2).

Further Information about our Curriculum

If you would like more information on how we teach areas of the curriculum or the curriculum itself please speak to your child’s class teacher or for English and Maths Mrs Harvey and for all other subjects Mrs Culverhouse (foundation subject curriculum lead).

You can also look at our class pages and website gallery to see the curriculum in action.

We have open classroom afternoons and presentations of learning for parents and the community to join us and celebrate the learning happening in school.

In September 2014 a new statutory curriculum was introduced- please follow the link below for information on the National Curriculum

The New 2014 Curriculum