As a primary school, St Bede's follows the two national documents covering the primary age curriculum.

They are the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, which is taught in Nursery and Reception, and the National primary curriculum which is taught in Years 1 - 6.

The intent for our curriculum is to inspire our children to

  • have a sense of awe and wonder
  • become enthusiastic learners with the resilience to try new things 
  • have a love of learning and have high aspirations for themselves and their future
  • approach learning with enthusiasm and motivation to pursue knowledge further
  • make links and connections
  • use their knowledge to form their own opinions 
  • have respect for themselves, other members of the school community and the wider world
  • be active participants in their world
  • be the best that they can be 


At St Bede's we use the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) systematic synthetic phonics guidance from Reception to Year 2. We are in the process of fully embedding the ELS programme. The most important thing to do at home is use the correct short sounds as demonstrated in this link  Articulation of Phonemes

When the children have learned to decode and read fluently they move to Accelerated Reader to practise their skills. 

You can watch these Julia Donaldson Top Tips for reading videos which share some good ideas about helping your child to read.


Please see our Mathematics curriculum.

You can also watch these Maths videos from Oxford Owl to find out how you can best support your child with developing mathematical  concepts at home.

Religious Education

Our RE curriculum is delivered through Come and See which is the Diocesan programme developed with all schools.


Remote Learning

When schools needed to limit the numbers of children in school St Bede’s developed remote learning practices where children were able to access learning from home and school. We hope that the majority of our children will now have an uninterrupted experience, although there is the possibility that an individual child, a class bubble, or indeed the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time.

We have a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’

If a child does not have access to a computer/laptop and/or the internet, the school will do all it can to support children and will provide paper packs of learning. Where funding can be accessed, remote devices (e.g., laptops) and/or 4G connections will be sought, particularly for disadvantaged children.  Parents will be reminded to make the school aware of any barriers to accessing remote learning. Paper copies will still be available.

The staff have worked tirelessly in ensuring that if your child is self-isolating or if the bubble bursts and the children are learning from home, that their learning continues. 

Bishop Bewick CET Remote Learning Statement

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