Bridge Curriculum Vision

We aim to deliver an outstanding curriculum that is :

  • underpinned by aims, values and purpose;
  • fun, enjoyable and memorable; 
  • flexible and responsive to the children’s needs and interests; 
  • develops the whole child;
  • has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills; 
  • offers purposeful experiences;
  • uses environments beyond the classroom;
  • makes strong cross curricular links;
  • has a local, national and international dimension where appropriate


Teachers and other adults create a positive climate for learning in which pupils are interested and engaged. Teaching strategies, together with support and intervention, match individual needs.

Teachers, pupils and parents are aware of our high expectations and have equal ambition to reach them. The organisation of teaching and learning ensures children have a rich and varied experience which enthuses, motivates and engages them in their learning.

Teachers inspire the pupils to learn through their energy, enthusiasm, the creative use of resources and the creation of wonderfully inviting learning environments both indoors and outdoors. Teachers are skilled at making learning interesting, using their knowledge of the pupils to plan lessons that closely meet individual learning needs. Skilled and well-planned questioning is used to probe the pupils’ thinking by requiring detailed answers.

From the Trust Visible Learning Programme schools have developed approaches to teaching the children the skills of being a successful learner.

The curriculum offers real experiences that include trips, visitors, outdoor learning and practical elements to engage children in a concept learning approach.  Concepts have been developed and applied across the range of subjects - requiring a cross-curricular skills approach.  The children enjoy and are motivated by this approach. The emphasis throughout is on a broad and balanced ‘language-rich’ curriculum, delivered in an innovative and engaging manner, with English and Mathematics at its core.  At every opportunity pupils are challenged, questioned and encouraged to think.  Teamed with memorable experiences and a stimulating learning environment, we aim to nurture a life-long love of learning.

Since Autumn 2018, a working party of settings across Bridge Schools Trust have been developing the Trust approach to the Curriculum.

Based on the National Curriculum, they combined research, DfE guidance, Ofsted guidance and what works well in our schools, to generate a Trust approach, which we have now embraced in our school.

This research included:

  • What is a curriculum? How is it designed? Who should be consulted?
  • The National Curriculum Review of 2010 by Tom Oates, focusing on deep learning, with learners able to retain and transfer knowledge. The work of David Didau has been considered together with John Hattie.
  • The knowledge and skills debate: including using previous knowledge as building blocks, effectively developing long term memory and skills defined as the children’s capacity to perform.
  • What Ofsted is saying about curriculum flexibility based on HMCI Amanda Spielman’s new EIF framework.
  • What is our Intent, Implementation and Impact?
  • What is special about our locality and how should this be included within our curriculum?

The working party decided upon a progression ladder structure to work from. The underlying principles of the curriculum would be Enquiry, Collaboration and Oracy with a focus on Vocabulary through a child led approach.


Our Values...



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We are passionate about learning.



We are the best we can be.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.

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