Our Curriculum

Our aim is to making learning a life long passion.  We want the children of our school to be respectful and honest with a sound knowledge of right and wrong and the role they have in our school, local and wider community, both now and in the future.  Through our broad curriculum, we aim to nurture tolerance of others, self reflection and independent learning skills, children who have the resilience to solve problems and persevere with new skills using a ‘have a go’ attitude towards their learning.  The curriculum content is progressive and we are beginning to adapt it to reflect what is relevant now, special anniversaries, the local area and children’s interests whilst ensuring coverage of the statutory curriculum is thorough.

We develop our curriculum to meet the needs of our children, there is an inbuilt flexibility that enables skills to be taught at an appropriate level for each class through topics that have relevance and meaning.

We enjoy working together and sharing our learning.  This can be through pairing classes for key events, such as World Book Day.  Providing opportunities for children to work together - Year 6 enjoy working with Reception class. We also use our curriculum as a way of providing opportunities to share learning.  World Faith Week and One World Week enable children to present their learning to others.  Whole school poetry performance is used to develop performance skills and share our classic poems. We believe in developing a love of learning and this is encouraged through are daily DEAR time (drop everything and read) and story time where children in all classes share stories.

For further details about how we learn different subjects, including phonics and reading, please refer to our curriculum statement below.  We share our curriculum through our twitter feed where work is regularly shared.  If you would like further information about our curriculum, please speak to Mrs Russell who can organise a paper copy for you or a meeting with Mrs Upham or your child's class teacher.

Charlotte, from Year 6, described school saying, "This small village school has excellent staff and well trained teachers to teach the children. Here children - who are learning to be respectful and kind-receive amazing education."

How we teach reading

At East Bierley, we teach reading using a range of books to meet the specific needs of our children. This approach is personalised. We choose from a range of scheme books such as Songbirds and Rigby Star. We also highly regard picture books as a great resource for developing a range of reading skills. These are used throughout school along with novels and non-fiction texts. Synthetic phonics is taught systematically throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 using Letters and Sounds and Storytime Phonics. Where required this is also explicitly taught in Key Stage 2. Our teaching of reading is approached through Guided Reading, one-to-one reading, paired and shared reading and through whole class English lessons. Additional support and targeted intervention is provided through the Better Reading Partnership throughout school and targeted use of Read, Write Inc. DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) and story time is timetabled every day across school to develop reading for pleasure. We believe reading is the key to all other learning and aim to inspire children to develop a lifelong love of learning. Children see adults in school as readers and enjoy sharing that passion.

We assess reading against year group objectives from the National Curriculum and the following reading domains:

Key Stage 1

1a: Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts 1b: Identify/explain key aspects of fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information 1c: Identify and explain the sequence of events in texts 1d: Make inferences from the text 1e: Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

Key Stage 2

2a: Give/explain the meaning of words in context 2b: Retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non-fiction 2c: Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph 2d: Make inferences from the text/explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text 2e: Predict what might happen from details stated and implied 2f: Identify/ explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole 2g: Identify/ explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases 2h: Make comparisons within the text

In Reception we assess against the Development Matters statements and the Early Learning Goals.

Encourage your child to read a range of texts at home. This may be stories you already have at home or different texts that they can choose to bring home from class. It is also important they are read to regularly.

For detail on what children are currently learning, please see class pages under the 'Our School' menu.

curriculum statement 
curriculum planning
Year 5&6 curriculum
Year 3 & 4 curriculum
Year 1 & 2 curriculum

RE Long Term Plan 2017-18
PE Overview 2017-18

Our curriculum adapts as needed in order to meet the needs of our children. Where possible we seek out visitors who will enhance and enrich our school curriculum.  We work with Hand to Mouth throughout the year.  PC Pete Whitehouse will work with each class on different elements of staying safe including: the role of a police officer, road safety, bullying, online safety, personal safety and drug awareness.

In our aim to make learning exciting and enriching we work closely with our PTFA who are keen to help provide memorable experiences for our children.  This includes working with Sublime Science and Snailtales...

We are  using sport funding to enable more competitive sport to take place encouraging children to participate in a variety of sports both individually and as part of a team.  This is held as part of our enrichment afternoon when key skills are taught in small groups focussing on art and DT.  These afternoons are not only about increased opportunities but about developing positive working relationships in groups and enhancing skills in design and evaluation.

Our children thoroughly enjoy sport in school. Below are comments made by children during our recent pupil voice interviews:

Hudson – I love how in PE we have quick games so you’re never sitting down and are always participating in a range of different activities. We are lucky to have such top quality teachers.

Katie – We have been lucky enough to play a wide variety of different sports this year. My favourite has to be when we played Quidditch; chasing the golden snitch around the hall was so much fun.

Jessica – My favourite part of PE is the different range of sports and activities that we do. So far on a Wednesday afternoon we have played: Netball, tri-golf and zone ball. I look forward to having PE.

Jack – PE is so much fun and excellent exercise. Because of PE at school I now play rugby at Birkenshaw Bulldogs.

Zartash – I love PE lessons. We get to play fun games.

Alfie R – We get lots of exercise in PE. It keeps me healthy.

How you can help your child at home

The partnership between school and home is crucial in a child's educational development.  We encourage you to speak with us about any concerns or issues and we do understand that sometimes family life is extremely busy!

The impact on a child's learning is evident, from their first days in school, where parents actively engage in their learning.  We hope you will listen to your child read every day and that you will ask them questions about their book.  We also encourage you to read to your child - books that are beyond their reading ability but have engaging stories will help develop their love of reading and their vocabulary! We can provide question promts if you feel that would be helpful.

Homework is set weekly, this should not be onerous, but a chance for you to see what your child has been learning, for them to develop pace and fluency along with a confidence and pride in their work. In Key Stage 2, maths homework will be set mainly on Mymaths, if you do not have access to the internet please let your child's class teacher know.

If you wish to discuss the homework set, please contact your child's class teacher.

We would like homework to be super-curricular to deepen understanding developed in class and take learning further.  The Little Book of Things to do at Home will include suggestions your child may wish to develop which will enhance their learning.  These suggestions are voluntary.  They will be shared and celebrated in school.

For more general enquiries about ways to help at home, please arrange to see Mrs Upham.

Look out for parent guides for maths, reading and writing which will be published soon.

Homework Policy 2016
Maths Calculation Strategy 2017

Home School Agreement

A copy of the Home School Agreement is shared with all parents in September and we ask that you sign on the school update form your agreement.

Children sign the class agreement which they negotiate at the start of the year.

Home School Agreement


Music lessons

We have instrument lessons in school.  Your child can have instrument or singing lessons with Musica at school.  In Year 3, they all have the opportunity to learn the recorder - having weekly lessons with Mrs Sneddon. In Year 4, Mrs Grey will continue their recorder lessons and in Year 5 Musica will teach lessons on clarinet.  Children can learn a range of instruments and can have individual lessons. Musica also teach children and adults at Music centres across Kirklees if you prefer the lessons to be after school.

A number of our children  have music lessons outside school.  These are also celebrated in school with children having opportunities to play during collective worship and school concerts.

Celebrating Achievements

We celebrate achievements within school and that happen outside school. Children have the opportunity to perform during Collective Worship to share their musical talents and during school concerts. Some have lessons in school and some have lessons arranged outside school. Everyone is welcome to participate - Mrs Upham even played her saxophone!

Medals, certificates and trophies from sporting and musical events are celebrated during Celebration Worship.












After School Clubs

We offer some sport activities after school run by external providers.  Currently we offer:

  • Football (2 clubs)
  • Coding
  • Karate
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Cheer-leading

Due to the limited space available these clubs have limited spaces available.  Places are booked by registering on parent pay.  Once the club is full parent pay is closed for that activity.

Look out for activities being held on training days and in the holiday hosted by Velocity Coaching. Current planned activities will be sent home as a flyer and advertised on Twitter @eastbierleyps

Pupil Voice - Children leading learning

We are proud of the input children have in our curriculum. Within agreed topic themes, children can direct the learning with their questions. They love answering their own questions and questions asked by their friends during topic; teachers are allowed to ask questions for the class to answer too!

We listen to the voice of our children. The School Council lead on a number of decisions each year. Children are confident to ask to lead charity events throughout the year and they also raise suggestions to help impact on their learning. We are pleased to take these on board where we can.

As part of our work listening to pupil voice, teachers ask children their thoughts about different subjects in school.  Here are some thoughts from recent pupil interviews in February 2018:

Year 1: 

I am getting better at mixing colours - Belle

We have learnt about lots of different ways to paint. I was good at pointillism - Alistair

Year 2: 

fun to write – Lauren

My handwriting is getting neater – Fletcher

I’ve got really good ideas and get to use them in stories – Fletcher

Reading can make you intelligent… when you learn new words it makes you more clever – Harry

Sewing was the best - Alfie

Sewing was tricky but I made a beautiful decoration.  I liked using natural materials in my art Olivia

Year 3:

I like to hear different stories and getting the chance to write about them – Robbie

You need writing for your future – Oliver

Year 4:

In English you have more freedom which makes it actually more challenging! – Olivia

It is easy to get creative – Olivia

I really enjoy our creative curriculum afternoons. We have done cooking, art and drama -Ava

Year 5:

Stories let your imagination run wild! - Emily

Year 6:

Writing puts me in a good mood – George

I love doing all different crafts - Evie