Throughout the school a creative, skills based, topic style curriculum is followed. In each class at least three topics are covered annually and, where possible, the skills found in each curriculum area follow the same theme.
We offer a broad curriculum which reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding found in the National Curriculum but, wherever possible, the learning is child-led, frequently following weekly 'learning challenges' which are formulated by the children. Teachers plan learning opportunities according to the interests of the children and will often change planned lessons in response to pre-learning and children's requests.
Parents receive topic webs (also downloadable from the class pages on this website) to enable them to have an understanding of what the children will be learning in each subject whilst a topic is being explored. Each class experiences a WOW! - an external visit or a visitor to bring the topic to life! These are generously funded by the BSA (Birdlip School Association,) who tirelessly spend a huge amount of time fundraising for the memorable extras!
Recent WOWs! include a day on the replica of John Cabot's ship 'The Matthew' and a sail around Bristol Harbour, a trip to Legoland and a WW2 day at STEAM in Swindon.
The 'Letters and Sounds' phonic programme is followed with daily differentiated phonic sessions taking place in all phases of the school. In KS1 we use the 'Oxford Reading Tree' reading scheme, supplemented by additional reading material. All of the reading books in school are banded according to reading age.