Bygrove Primary School

Bygrove Primary School
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The Bygrove curriculum

The Bygrove Themed Curriculum

At Bygrove, most learning takes place in cross-curricular lessons based on a theme.  Each term every class studies a different theme; some are science based, some are historical and others have a geographical bias.  Over the course of a year, pupils will experience one of each. The themes are exciting and pupils have the opportunity to help to plan them.

In addition to the class themes, the Bygrove curriculum includes themed weeks and days which are a focus for the whole school. These special themes reflect the context of the school and our local community and include Eid, Multicultural Week, Comic Relief Week and Be Healthy Week.

It is a curriculum that has been designed & shaped over many years to be as exciting as it is relevant & to fulfil our school vision of preparing our pupils for life as global citizens in modern Britain.

Have a look at our curriculum map


The school follows the new National Curriculum for English and this is closely linked, where appropriate, to the themed curriculum. Our aim is to promote and challenge all children in developing a comprehensive range of English skills equipping them for the present and future.

The children are expected to use an excellent standard of spoken language so we insist that this is what is modelled by staff. Pupils are given a range of opportunities, both in class and outside of the classroom, to develop as confident speakers and communicators.

Bygrove uses a synthetic phonic approach (Letters & Sounds), which is taught systematically from phase 1 in nursery through to phase 6 in year 2. Children new to the school or new arrivals from abroad can access a one to one programme to introduce them to the strategies used by teachers and their peers.  From year 3 onwards children are taught spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation for 20 minutes daily. English is timetabled for one hour a day for years 1 - 6.  In the EYFS children have shorter shared and guided sessions of reading/writing daily.

All children throughout the school have guided reading sessions in addition to an hour of English. We use a range of reading scheme texts for individual and guided reading, which are colour coded using book bands and Reading Recovery levels. In addition to this, the children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction from both the classroom and the library collections.

We recognise how important real quality literature is both in internalising English language structures & in developing a love of reading. All year groups have eight core books which they are expected to read or have read to them throughout the year. In KS2 the children use Accelerated Reader which provides children with appropriate age related and ability texts. When the children finish an AR text, they complete a ‘quiz’ which develops and assesses their comprehension.


As with English, our maths curriculum includes all the elements of the revised National Curriculum for mathematics & is taught wherever possible, through our themed curriculum.  This provides an exciting & interesting context in which to embed learning. Our expectations of what children are able to do by the end of their primary schooling are, & have always been, very high.

At Bygrove we believe that mathematics is a way of making sense of the world, a powerful tool for analysing and communicating information and ideas. As such we aim, through our curriculum, to provide children with enjoyable, stimulating experiences; to give children opportunities to take part in mathematics investigations; to develop their confidence in themselves as mathematicians; to develop their natural curiosity and ability to question; to encourage them to have high expectations of themselves; to enable children to use a range of mathematical tools such as mental calculations, pencil and paper methods & ICT & to give them opportunities to apply their mathematics knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of meaningful contexts.

We know that early learning in maths involves lots of play & the use & manipulation of real life objects through which children develop mental models & images of how number & shape & space work. Our calculation policy demonstrates a clear progression from these early experiences through to expanded & eventually shorter, more efficient methods of calculation.

Have a look at our calculation policy - Calculation Policy 

To find out more about how your child learns maths at school or how you can help, please either speak to their class teacher or contact the maths leader via

History, Geography & Science

One term’s theme each year, in every year group, has a historical bias and another has a geographical one. These are inked to the new National Curriculum & can be found in the curriculum map at the top of this page. Throughout these themes, children acquire the knowledge & develop the skills associated with each of these subject areas.

As the Bygrove themed curriculum is genuinely cross-curricular, many geographical, historical & scientific skills are also practised in other lessons. Likewise, children may hone their English & maths skills through their history, geography & science work.


Pupils take part in 2 hours of PE each week and this includes gymnastics, dance, outdoor games and swimming. PE sessions are delivered by a PE specialist. There are also plenty of opportunities for pupils to take part in sport during breakfast club, at lunchtime and after school.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

From Nursery to Y6 we are all learning Spanish together at Bygrove. Children in EYFS begin to learn some basic vocabulary introduced in a fun way to engage their curiosity. In years 1 - 6 the children follow a programme called Early Start Spanish and this is supported through songs and games through their thematic learning where appropriate.


During their time at Bygrove every child learns to sing and play the violin, recorder, flute and drums. The instrumental tuition is provided by high quality professionals from the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES). This includes opportunities for gifted and talented pupils to continue lessons out of hours.


At Bygrove, we follow a PHSE scheme of work called Jigsaw. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Jigsaw PHSE is motivated by the genuine belief that if attention is paid to supporting children’s personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way, this will not only improve their capacity to learn (across the curriculum) but will ultimately improve their life chances. That’s why Jigsaw is completely child-focussed.


We use the SACRE locally agreed syllabus as the basis for planning religious education, trying to tie it wherever possible to the context of our themes. Follow the link to the curriculum map at the top of this page for a closer look.

Residential Trips

Each year the pupils in Y3-Y6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip with their class. During these visits the children develop their independence and social skills and have the opportunity to deepen their learning in aspects of science, history and geography. These visits are hugely popular with pupils. Parents are welcome to attend.


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