At Badsley Primary School believe in a broad and balanced curriculum based on a thematic approach providing our children with meaningful experiences. Alongside the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics, there are opportunities for creative interests in art, music, PE and drama and the development of a general interest in Science and the environment.  


Much of our work is taught through themes, which are backed up by educational visits to places of interest. Visits to the school by experts in their particular field are also encouraged. Parents and helpers are welcome to bring the real world into the classroom.  


We believe that our children should have the opportunity to experience the curriculum through real experiences. The skills and attitudes which are developed in this way promote a joy in learning that we hope will continue through for life.


Each year we will arrange a residential visit for children in years 3 & 5.  In year 3, we offer our children the opportunity to go to Castleton in Derbyshire for an overnight stay to look at a contrasting locality.  In year 5, we take the children to Habershon House in Filey, a field study centre owned by Rotherham MBC.  These residential visits encourage independence and working together as a team as well as an opportunity to carry out field studies in the chosen topic for that term.  


All of our curriculum polices can be found in the 'policies' section of our website.














Reading and Phonics


In Foundation Stage and the early stages of KS1, our primary reading scheme is Pearson Phonics Bugs. We use these reading books to support the teaching and learning of phonics, which is the primary approach to teaching early reading.


In addition to this phonics based scheme, we also use a range of other books which support the teaching of further reading and comprehension skills. These include:


  • Project X

  • Rigby Rockets / Rigby Star

  • Collins Big Cats

  • Usborne Readers

  • Oxford Reading Tree Snapdragons


We also teach from a wide range of levelled picture books, information books and chapter books by independent authors.


In KS2, we continue to teach reading using books from the list above but as children become more competent fluent readers, we also introduce a wider range of novels and extended texts to challenge and interest them at an age appropriate level.



Whole school Curriculum overview 2016-17

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Year 1 - Curriculum Overview Year 2 - Curriculum Overview Year 3 - Curriculum Overview Year 4 - Curriculum Overview
Year 5 - Curriculum Overview
Year 6 - Curriculum Overview