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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, our vision is for children, staff and parents to be nurtured, inspired and for all to achieve.


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 failure as a learning opportunity.


Our curriculum develops 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 open to change. 


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 

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


Character (Nurture):

  • To be happy and enjoy learning experiences
  • To be resilient and learn from mistakes
  • To have a growth mind set
  • To build positive relationships with peers and adults
  • To know who to go to when support is needed


Culture (Inspire):

  • To ask questions to extend thinking
  • To generate ideas and explore possibilities
  • To overcome barriers by trying out alternatives
  • To connect ideas and experiences in inventive ways
  • To seek out and enjoy challenges
  • To collaborate with others
  • To assess themselves and others  


Currency (Achieve):

  • To speak clearly and convey ideas confidently
  • To read and communicate ideas in writing efficiently and effectively
  • To calculate efficiently and apply skills to solve problems
  • To use new technologies confidently and purposefully

All Foundation subjects have rigorous skills progression grids which ensure that key subject-specific learning is embedded throughout each project.  This is assessed using SOLO taxonomy as a means of 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.