Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

At Brookdale Primary School, we aim to give each child the best possible education.  A conscientious, caring staff makes an excellent blend of traditional and modern teaching methods.

In line with the National Curriculum we cover the core subjects:
ENGLISH (reading, writing, speaking & listening),
MATHS & SCIENCE, as well as the foundation subjects:
History, Geography, ICT, D & T, Music, Art, PE & RE *.


The children are required to complete statutory National assessments at three stages in the primary sector which include:

  • Year 1 Phonics Testing
  • National Tests in the core areas at the end of both Key Stage 1 (Year 2/ages 6-7)
  • National Tests in the core areas at the end and Key Stage 2 (Year 6/ages 10-11          

Assessment will, of course, be continuous throughout the stages, but reported to the DfE for each statutory assessment.  For each subject and each key stage, programmes of study set out what the pupils should be taught and age related expectations set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance.   Detailed guidelines in all subjects have been issued and school has schemes of work based on these. Some of the work in the foundation subjects will be covered in a cross-curricular manner via topic work, but there will be some specific areas that must be covered by individual year groups as mini-topics.


In addition, all children use ICT regularly. We have 34 computers in our computer suite and 6 IPADS in each classroom .  We ensure that children have regular opportunities to use them, aiming towards computer literacy.


We have developed a PSHE programme (Personal, Social and Health Education) throughout the school, run in conjunction with the school nurse, which includes our SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) mainly in Year 5 & 6.  To withdraw their child from this element of the health education, parents should submit their request in writing.


In addition, we enjoy the services of peripatetic teachers of the violin brass, guitar, piano and woodwind instruments for interested children  from year three onwards.   The children at Brookdale get an opportunity to hear concerts and see plays when performers visit the school.  All children make at least one educational visit a year, depending upon the studies being undertaken.


We also run a number of Sports clubs before and after school including cricket, football, cross-country, tag rugby, judo and netball.


We aim to provide the broad base on which later education will be founded.  It is in the primary stage when education can be given a more individual approach and many opportunities are available for children to work at their own rate.


* School uses the  RE Local Authority Agreed Syllabus.


Further information about the curriculum can be obtained from class teachers.