We are required to base our teaching on the National Curriculum for England. It sets out clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all pupils. It determines the content of what will be taught, and sets attainment targets for learning. It also determines how performance will be assessed and reported. We are passionate about making our curriculum as engaging and exciting for our pupils as possible. We want to provide them with a wealth of experiences that will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need.

Further information about SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) and promotion of British Values can be read about in a separate part of our drop-down menu. Further information about our approach to learning can be found in our Vision Statement, also on our website. If anyone would like more information about our curriculum, please contact school and ask to speak to Mrs Nicola Faulkner.

Reading and Phonics


At Bede Burn Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.

The school follows the programme Soundswrite. For more information about phonics, including a video of how to pronounce the phonemes (sounds), please go to phoneme pronunciation.


Below you can view Bede Burn’s Long Term Plan (entitled Bede Burn 2019-2020) as well as topic webs, long term plans and parent/carer information relating to the topics being covered for each class.