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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust




If you have any questions regarding our curriculum please speak to our Curriculum Lead Emma Wixted (Deputy Head) on 01296 488331 or email

Curriculum Intent

At Bearbrook, we believe that the purpose of education is to inspire our children to become curious learners who have the confidence to try new things and see mistakes as a learning opportunity.


We aim to empower all to achieve and flourish on their journey to outstanding. Our curriculum develops leaders independence, curiosity, understanding and appreciation of themselves and others.  It gives them the skills to be the best person they can be and an understanding of their significance and impact on the world around them.


In order to achieve this, our curriculum is thought provoking, child led, purposeful and adaptable.

Through our curriculum we aim for all of our children to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve

  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.


We believe that our children deserve inspirational learning opportunities.  Curriculum planning ensures that children are immersed in exciting projects with authentic outcomes.  They are challenged to work creatively whilst deepening their knowledge and understanding through highly engaging and enriching experiences.


Our curriculum reflects the values in our society that promote personal development, equality of opportunity, economic wellbeing, a healthy and just democracy and a sustainable future.


Curriculum Implementation 

At Bearbrook the National Curriculum is incorporated within a concept-based curriculum that is organised into three areas: ‘Discover’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Create’.


We weave English throughout the 3 academics terms by delivering a book led curriculum which aims to engage and motivate children in their writing. By providing a range of high quality and authentic texts as a stimulus, we give our children a context for their writing, ensuring that it is seen as meaningful and relevant, with a clear audience and purpose.


Our curriculum is organised into three areas, ‘Discover’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Create’. Central to the curriculum are Core Skills that underpin everything we do:

Working across three terms allows us to explore areas of the curriculum in greater depth. In the autumn term the main theme is History. In the spring term, it is Geography and Science (STEM). In the summer term, we focus on the Arts. Maths is mostly taught discretely using a Mastery approach. When it is appropriate purposeful links are made to project. R.E, P.S.H.E and Computing are mapped to each term and are developed as a result of the curriculum we plan. P.E and Modern Foreign Languages (French) are taught discretely throughout the academic year.

All Foundation subjects have rigorous skills progression grids which ensure that key subject-specific learning is embedded throughout each project.  This is assessed by classifying learning outcomes in terms of complexity, allowing us to assess mastery across the curriculum by focusing on depth of knowledge rather than simply coverage. Parents are given regular information on the development of their children.


If you would like to know what your children will be learning please use the links below.

Curriculum Impact