At Burneston C of E Aided School, the curriculum is based on the Foundation Stage Guidance, The National Curriculum and the Agreed Syllabus for RE – Diocese of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds.

We deliver a curriculum that builds on children’s learning and meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum includes opportunities to:

  • Become more independent and develop our thinking skills
  • Celebrate and study national events
  • Take part in local competitions and events, including sporting and music events
  • Have experience of being away from home and parents
  • Experience/learn about a range cultures within Britain
    .and not forgetting that some of this learning will be done through baking, cooking and tasting which we enjoy at Burneston!

At Burneston School our curriculum is based on research and current pedagogy.  It is flexible and responsive to the needs of our pupils and the community which we serve.    Care and thought have been given to the order in which we teach, and the skills which children will acquire as they progress through our school.  We recognise that what we teach and how we teach should be interlinked in order to give our children the best outcomes and so we review and revisit both processes regularly.

If you would like to read more about our intent for our curriculum here at Burneston, just click on the link here:

Our Curriculum

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Art and Design

In Art and Design, children will​

  • Develop a range of technical skills and become confident working with a range of different media – Form, Colour, Pattern, Printing, Drawing and Texture​
  • Build their cultural literacy by exploring a wide range of art and design from around the world​
  • Develop an awareness of the artistic process of taking inspiration, developing skills, sketching, annotating, building a finished piece and then reflecting on it through self-assessment and discussion with others.​
  • Learn to express themselves through art


Creativity, exploration and curiosity are key, but so too are the disciplinary skills required for children to express themselves. By developing their technical skills, appreciating a wide range of culturally significant artists and studying the styles, techniques and ideas of others, pupils will gain the language they require to express themselves artistically.

British Values
Business Studies
Design and Technology

Through Design Technology, children will:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to participate in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a broad repertoire of knowledge and skills in order to design and make prototypes and products for a range of users
  • Understand the properties of different materials and consider these when designing for a purpose
  • Test, discuss and evaluate their own ideas and products, and those of others
  • Apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Design Technology, when possible, will be linked to the learning carried out in each nodal point but will, if necessary, stand alone in order to maintain its disciplinary rigour. Children will follow the design and make process detailed here in order to ensure they are building the skills and understanding required of confident designers and technicians in today’s, and tomorrow’s, world. Pupils will research and evaluate existing products, think creatively to design their own products while considering the requirements of the user and of mass production and build practical skills through modeling and practice before applying these processes to their own prototypes and products.

In addition to their DT units of work, children will take part in  STEM challenges, working collaboratively across year groups.

Drama / Performing Arts
ICT / Computer

At Burneston CE VA Primary School, we believe that every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. We believe that the language of mathematics is international, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Therefore, we strive for children to have competence and confidence in their mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills and an ability to reason, solve problems, think logically and work systematically. We also believe that children should have a positive and resilient attitude towards mathematics and an understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life. We achieve all of these by providing a collaborative learning environment where children can express their ideas confidently, access a range of learning strategies and take responsibility for their own learning.

Modern Foreign Languages
Personal ,Social, Health, & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

At Burneston CE VA Primary School, our children’s wellbeing is of the upmost importance. Enabling them to develop the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe and healthy is a priority. We also want every Burneston child to leave primary school with a solid understanding of the wider world. Therefore, our aim is to ensure that every child leaves Burneston with a set of skills that they have been able to explore in a safe environment and the confidence to make their own choices based on their knowledge and understanding of managing risks and knowing when to say ‘no’. Our PSHE/RSE curriculum is a collaborative approach where we build on and work with children’s parents and carers to support their children to become a confident young person who is able to identify and support their own wellbeing through a range a strategies. All our PSHE topics are taught in line with our school’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies and may aspects, such as British Values and positive relationships, are not simply taught, but embedded and modelled daily throughout all aspects of school life.

Physical Education

We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to access a broad range of physical activity, to understand the benefits of exercise and to develop positive attitudes towards sport and physical activity that will lay the foundation for them being active and healthy in their future lives. PE is an opportunity for children to develop key behaviours such as teamwork resilience, and a sense of fair play, which have positive benefits both in their learning across the wider curriculum and in their future. Building upon specific skills helps children to participate more confidently and enjoy a wider range of sports. We also believe that PE and sport can afford children enriching experiences and cultural capital that can help them to understand how they are part of a bigger world.​

Through Physical Education at Burneston, children will:​

  • Develop a love for physical activity and movement​
  • Gain an awareness of how exercise contributes to a healthy lifestyle​
  • Build sport and activity-specific skills to allow them to participate effectively and enjoy competition​
  • Experience a variety of sports, games, opportunities and activities, and be encouraged to engage with some outside of school​
  • Build positive attributes such as teamwork, resilience and determination​
  • Experience live sporting events to help to build their cultural capital and nurture an engagement in sport​
  • Understand and embody the principles of fair play and sporting behaviour, and promote and model these within the school and wider communities.
Religious Education

We believe that children are the problem solvers of tomorrow, and science is the means through which they can make a difference in the world. A secure foundation of knowledge in key areas of science and an understanding of and respect for the scientific process are essential areas for children to develop in order to thrive in a future in which society and science will be more interconnected than ever before. 

As part of their study of science at Burneston, every child will:

– Be curious and ask questions about the world around them

 – Gather a secure basis of knowledge of key scientific concepts through a rigorous and carefully sequenced curriculum

– Learn about significant scientists of the past, and how their contributions have helped to build our       understanding of the world of today

– Work together to develop the scientific inquiry skills essential for them to explore these questions

– Develop an understanding and a respect for the scientific process and its foundation in fact, logic and truth.

               – Contribute to ‘real science’ by being part of wider projects beyond our school

– Connect with scientists and engineers in order to raise aspirations and understand the role that science plays in society


At Burneston CE VA Primary School, we commit to making the physical and mental wellbeing of our school community paramount. We drive this message forward, to ensure that mental health is “everyone’s business” across the whole school community. We strive to create an environment, which has a whole school approach, in providing excellent mental health support, understanding and intervention. Our wellbeing provision is a collaborative approach. We quickly adapt our teaching, interventions and provision based on the needs of our stakeholders and work closely with them to ensure they receive the support they need. Our ‘Think and Thrive’ curriculum enhances our wellbeing provision in school and is tailored to be responsive to the needs of the children, parents and staff in our setting. This approach enables children to immerse themselves with positive relationships, understand how to keep themselves safe, explore different perspectives and feel empowered.  Wellbeing is at the heart of our school; every child has the right to flourish.