Beck Row Primary Academy
The Street, Beck Row, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8AE

Tel: 01638 713001

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At Beck Row Primary Academy, we follow a broad and balanced curriculum, which aims to support and interest the individuals at our school. We have built the curriculum around the New National Curriculum aims and objectives and work in cycles within our Key Stages to enable pupils to explore a full curriculum over their time at school.

2017-2018 Curriculum Map Overview.pdf

Additional information about the curriculum can be found in this booklet.



English is taught every day from Year 1 to Year 6 at Beck Row Primary Academy. Our English work is built around reading books on the Pie Corbet Reading Spine, which where possible are linked to our half termly topic themes. Using these books we encourage writing across a range of genres and for different purposes. In addition to this, we also have a daily Guided Reading session, which enables us to use books to develop understanding including inferential and deductive questioning to deepen their understanding of a text. In Key Stage 1 and Early Years we also have a 20 minute phonics session. Our phonics is based on letters and sounds and uses the LCP phonics scheme.


Our Maths lessons are taught every day in Year 1 to 6 and incorporate a range of skills linked to mental maths and written mathematical calculations, dependant on the appropriateness at different ages. We use the White Rose Maths scheme of work to underpin the use of using concrete resources, pictorial resources and then abstract concepts.


At Beck Row we usually teach science as a stand-alone subject. We use the programmes of study from the National Curriculum to support our planning. All of our science work looks to develop children’s understanding of investigation and observation through the working scientifically objectives in the curriculum.

Over their time at Beck Row children will learn about the following areas of science:

  • Animals including humans
  • Plants
  • Seasonal changes
  • Materials
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Rock
  • Forces (including magnets)
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • States of matte
  • Evolution and inheritance

Other Subjects

Over their time at Beck Row Primary Academy, children will cover a range of topic themes, linking History, Geography, Computing, Music and Art. They are then taught Religious Education, PE and PSHE in stand-alone sessions.

In Key Stage 1 we work on a two year rolling cycle and in Key Stage 2 we work on a four-year rolling cycle. This year’s topic themes are:

Year Group Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Reception All about me Celebrations Dinosaurs People who help us Growth – Plants and Farms Bears/ Space
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) Under the Sea The Fire of London Extreme Weather Significant People Towns and Country Toys
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) Wonderful World Treason and Terror Natural Resources Anglo Saxons Marvellous Mountains Greeks