Curriculum Overview

EY Curriculum offer

Our pupils will become independent and resilient learners across the curriculum. They will develop confidence through both child-initiated play and adult-led activities. ​Our aim is to facilitate a creative, resource-rich and exciting environment through opportunities in the outdoor area and explorative learning across the 7 areas. These will all have a positive impact on children's well-being and development. ​It will be evident that children at BDPA love the journey of becoming skilled readers and writers and can solve problems independently.​


KS1 Curriculum offer

In Key Stage 1, we believe learning should be enjoyable, motivational and provide a wealth of opportunities so that our students can be independent individuals who are empowered to fulfil their potential. Our students will develop a genuine pleasure for reading which builds on skills acquired in Early Years and enables them to become confident, fluent readers. Through a planned series of high-quality texts and the rigour of the Read, Write Inc. programme, pupils leave Key Stage 1 with secure comprehension in many genres. Our Talk for writing approach in English enables our pupils to become confident speakers and creative, imaginative writers whose fluent story telling will allow the development of rich vocabulary. This Oracy is further developed through class assemblies, Nativity plays and the outdoor learning programme. Maths Mastery provides our students with the ability to problem solve and attain numerical fluency in a variety of contexts through the exposure of skills-based teaching. Student’s imaginations will grow through planned immersive learning experiences and the rich and diverse wider foundation curriculum. As a result of children writing and problem-solving in cross-curricular ways, our students are equipped to make excellent end of Key Stage 1 outcomes.


KS2 Curriculum offer

In Key Stage 2, students write for multiple purposes using a range of genres, sentence structures, vocabulary and grammatical features from their toolkit. In mathematics, pupils tackle real life problems using a multi-step word approach, attaining fluency in a range of numerical strategies and competence in all aspects of primary maths. Whilst developing highly literate and numerate students who excel in their end of Key Stage outcomes, we also focus on developing pupils’ character through a varied offer which includes assemblies, PSCHE lessons and the outdoor learning programme. Students in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to be creative thinkers across the arts, sciences and humanities. In order for pupils to reach their potential and make the world a better place, we equip them to discuss, present and reason across the curriculum, thus raising their oracy and making them ready to be confident, articulate learners in Key Stage 3.


Phonics and Reading

At Ark Burlington Danes Primary Academy synthetic phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The forty-four common sounds in the English language are taught and children learn how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Most importantly Read Write Inc. Phonics provides the children with the opportunity to read a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they enjoy early success in reading.

We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children
  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher (Mrs. Gemma Grierson)
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

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Ark schools have a special focus on mathematics and we invest to attract and train the best teachers. At Ark Burlington Danes Primary Academy we teach a distinctive, world-leading maths curriculum (Mathematics Mastery). Our aim is to ensure that every child achieves mastery of mathematics concepts, computational skills, problem solving and application of mathematics to daily life activities. Children learn drawing strategies to solve complex problems and build strong links between objects, pictures, and abstract numbers. We teach mathematics topics in depth, so children understand the “how” as well as the “why”.

More details about mathematics mastery, in addition to information relating to the philosophy and evidence behind this approach, can be found by clicking the image above.


We teach writing based on the 'Talk for Writing' approach developed by Pie Corbett. This engaging approach focuses on oral storytelling as a basis for writing, creatively exploring and innovating fiction and non-fiction text structures and developing an ambitious use of vocabulary.

Personal, Social, Health education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex education (RSE)