National Curriculum


At Bishop King CE Primary School, we believe our curriculum should inspire dreams and aspirations by the help of God, rooted in access to Him through Jesus and the Holy spirit encouraged by every achievement that He will grant.

The Learning challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work.  It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point.

In designing the challenge, teachers and learners are using a prime learning challenges, expressed as a question, as the starting point.  Using the information gained from pre learning tasks and the school context, a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned.  Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question.  Importantly, the learning challenges need to make sense to the learners and be something that is within their immediate understanding.

We focus all of our geography, history, science, art and design learning into the Learning Challenge curriculum. This means that instead of discrete lessons in the above subjects every week, we tie them all together under a Learning Challenge question. This question will then be investigated over half a term or a full term, allowing greater engagement in learning as each lesson feeds into a bigger picture. By the end of the term or half-term, the children will have learnt everything required to be able to offer a response to the original question.

At Bishop King CE Primary School we believe that the learning of basic skills is an integral part of every pupils entitlement to the National Curriculum and is essential for academic achievement and personal development.  We identify children who are under achieving or under attaining and work in partnership with pupils and families to set individual targets for improvement.  These targets are achieved through a framework of strategies aims at the continuous improvement of basic skills.  The pupils are supported and motivated to learn and work towards achieving their full potential. 

Overview of the National Curriculum