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Here at Bradley C of E (VC) Primary School, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, creatively planned to engage and excite our pupils. We seek to provide a wealth of opportunities, for pupils to practise and apply their English and Mathematics skills across the curriculum. We draw on a range of resources including the Inspire materials (Cornwall Learning), various ‘Online’ education packages, including Purple Mash and Mathletics, and we make use of our beautiful outdoor space as much as we can. Our Church School status, puts us in the fortunate position of being able to work closely with the diocese of Derby, our local church and vicar, to ensure that Christian values are embedded in our curriculum, and that our pupils benefit from the sharing of these values through daily collective worship (assembly).

We teach PSHE both explicitly in planned lessons, but also weave the strands of PSHE throough everything we teach. We use a variety of resources, and try wherever possible to link activities to current issues, locally, nationally and globally. We use a variety of resources to teach children about staying healthy and safe, sex and relationships, and the threats associated with cyber-bullying, including child sexual exploitation. We teach our pupils about safeguarding, and visits from Childline and resources such as Barnardos  ‘Real Love Rocks’ materials, help us to deliver these programmes in a meaningful way for each age group. All resources are age-appropriate, and some topics are covered just with years 5 and 6.

It is our aim, in all that we do, to embed the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. In doing so, we hope to enable our pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

In Reception, our youngest pupils follow the EYFS curriculum, which is integrated creatively into the KS1 program of study wherever possible.

Pupils in KS1 and KS2 study Mathematics, English, Science, RE (according to the Derbyshire agreed syllabus, 2014), PSHE & citizenship, PE (including swimming in both KS1 & KS2) Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, Design Technology & French.  Subjects are woven in to themes, so that our pupils benefit from a rich tapestry of opportunity every day. The KS1 curriculum is taught on a 2-year cycle and a 4-year cycle is operated in KS2.

Pupils are taught in ability groups, rather than year groups, giving us the flexibility to ensure all pupils receive the correct level of support and challenge.


Phonics is taught in KS1 and across the school where necessary. We follow the Letters and Sounds program, supplemented by Phonics Bug and Oxford resources.

KS1 Curriculum Map

 KS1 Two year curriculum cycle

KS2 Curriculum Map

 KS2 Four year rolling programme

We are currently in Year D. From September 2018 we will be back to Year A


Independent Enterprise:

KS2 pupils have developed their enterprise and business skills by running a French Café to which they invited parents, governors and members of the local community and tt a Pizza Parlour – again the event will be advertised to the school community and beyond. They have also run a pizza parlour inviting the local community. 


KS2 Residential visit

KS2 pupils will also encounter a diverse range of challenges, as they go on a week-long residential visit. In the past we have been to Norfolk, Wales, Lea Green and York. The children enjoy the independence of being away from home and visiting new places, often discovering things for the first time. 


Our Rich Curriculum

Our very small classes, enable us to tailor work closely to pupil need. We always try to group pupils by ability, rather than ‘year group’. In this way, we can ensure that pupils are both challenged and supported appropriately.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum across all years. We work hard to ensure that subjects are taught creatively, with as many opportunities as possible for real-life learning, in real-life contexts. Above all, we aim to make learning fun for our pupils.

As we are a small school we are able to offer music tuition to all junior pupils, forest school and swimming from Reception all the way through to Year 6. The children are excellent cooks; we make pancakes to learn about fractions, scones to weigh ingredients and stir fry's to learn about different cultures. We have taken part in Judo, Mountain Biking around Carsington Water, Climbing at the University of Derby, Tennis delivered by Ashbourne Tennis Club plus we regularly take part in tournaments at our feeder secondary school, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School. 

As part of a topic on Warhorse, Year 5&6 visited the World War 1 Trenches near Lichfield. For a literacy topic on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the children visited Cadbury World. We often make visits out into the local community such as a visit to The Well Dressings at Tissington and Brailsford Ploughing Match. The children are very active and will walk around Carsington Water, along the Tissington Trail or up Thorpe Cloud - it is important to our school that we take advantage of the local surrounding area. We also have our own Forest School a short walk from the field. The children love pond dipping, building shelters and toasting marshmallows around the firepit. 


The EYFS (Reception) follow the Early years programme of study, with a balance of opportunities for pupil initiated and teacher guided work. This is linked wherever possible to the topics followed in Key Stage 1


Year 1 & Year 2, study the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, RE (following the 2014 Derbyshire agreed syllabus), PE, Swimming, History, Geography, ART & Design, Design Technology, Music, PSHCE and French.


Years 3 to 6 Are taught in small groups for English and Mathematics, then jointly for these other subjects: Science, RE (following the 2014 Derbyshire agreed syllabus), PE, Swimming, History, Geography, ART & Design, Design Technology, Music, PSHCE and French.

We find that because pupils are taught in mixed age and ability groups, they show a high level of caring, compassion and empathy for each other, no matter what year group they are in. This level of respect is extended to the adults who work with them and because all staff have high expectations of what pupils are capable of and can achieve, children do not differentiate between the different roles of individuals in school; they know that all adults in school are there to care, nurture and support them.

Music and the Arts are a strength of our school – KS1 pupils learn to read music, and have the opportunity to learn to play a range of musical instruments including the recorder. In Key Stage 2, most of our pupils have more formal music lessons and currently have the opportunity to study clarinet, violin, flute, oboe, keyboard and drums. Lessons are delivered by both our ‘in-house’ staff and also peripatetic music teachers.

We strive to provide the most creative, inspirational and motivating opportunities for learning that we can. We provide real-life contexts for children to apply their skills and solve real life problems.

Further information about the curriculum can be obtained from the school office, or by contacting:


Reading and Phonics at Bradley

We value reading above all other skills that we teach. Unless we can read fluently and reliably, we are unable to make sense of the world. To this end, we have recently invested in a new reading scheme, funded in equal measure by our excellent PTA and the private school fund.

We will continue to invest heavily to improve our reading scheme, our school library and other resources to raise the standard of reading for all our pupils.

Our reading scheme is largely based on the excellent Oxford Reading Tree resources and their website, Oxford Owl, provides resources to help parents support their children at home.

We use the Letters & Sounds phonics scheme to teach early reading, supplemented by the Phonics Bug and Bug Club electronic resources. Again, there are online resources, including e-books, to accompany this scheme, which we encourage parents and carers to access in order to support their child’s reading development.

There are few more valuable things which parents can do to improve their child’s progress at school, and in life, than to dedicate a few minutes each day to read with/listen to their child read. 5 or 10 minutes each day, can make all the difference in accelerating reading and building confidence. We know you will agree.