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Whole School Curriculum Intent

At Burgh by Sands School the Key Stage 1 and 2 children follow the new National Curriculum which was introduced in September 2014, and the Foundation Stage class follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Through our curriculum we aim to give the children the necessary skills to prepare them for life in Modern British Society.The curriculum enables the children to be aspirational and to reach their full potential. We follow a theme based approach to learning so children can make logical links between different aspects of learning. We enhance the curriculum through a variety of activities including educational visits, school performances and visitors to the school. The new OFSTED Framework (May 2019) states that inspectors will make graded judgements on the quality of education. This includes an evaluation of your curriculum which should be "broad and balanced". In particular:

          Intent - do you have an ambitious curriculum that provides the knowledge and cultural capital learners need to succeed in life?

          Implementation - how well is the curriculum delivered?

          Impact - do learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve well?

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact school directly.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Within the Foundation Stage there are seven different areas of learning. These are split into prime areas of learning and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.

The specific areas of learning are: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.

We teach this framework through topics that excite the children and a variety of structured play and practical activities are offered to support learning in the seven areas.


Key Stages 1 and 2

The core subjects of English and Maths are given a high priority at Burgh by Sands School but in addition to English and Maths, children are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education (planned according to the Agreed Syllabus). Also a Modern Foreign Language is taught from Year 3 upwards. Currently Spanish is taught in Years 3 & 4 and French is taught in Years 5 & 6.  PSHE also forms an integral part of our curriculum. This helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy independent lives and therefore helping them to become responsible citizens whilst promoting British Values. Within Key Stage 1 phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work but this is supplemented with the Jolly phonics scheme of work. Reading books are levelled according to Book Bands.



Homework is used to extend school learning and also encourages children to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own. It also gives Parents the opportunity to work with their children and share learning experiences.


Home School Links

We believe that the education of the children at Burgh by Sands School is a partnership between children, staff and parents. Support from home is vital to help children reach their full potential. Parents are welcome to discuss their children's progress with staff at a mutually convenient time and each class has two Parents evenings per year and reports are sent home at the end of the summer term.


Whole School Topic Overview 2021-2023

Year 6 SATS


At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:

  • Reading 
  • Maths 
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar


These tests will be both set and marked externally and your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.


KS2 SATs Dates 2022 – SATs Week 2022


  • Monday May 9th 2022: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test)
  • Monday May 9th 2022: Spelling, punctuation and grammar  (Spelling Test)
  • Tuesday May 10th 2022: Reading Test
  • Wednesday May 11th 2022: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
  • Wednesday May 11th 2022: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) 
  • Thursday May 12th 2022: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)