Since the beginning of the Spring Term 2019 we have been involved in conversations about our curriculum. As a school community we have listened to each other about what we feel the curriculum is for, what the needs of  our children are and how we can best delivered learning that is outstanding.

Our curriculum statement is

Deep learning, principled success

As such, our principled approach to designing our curriculum is rooted in the child as a learner and as a compassionate, active citizen of the world. A curriculum should empower children to make sense of the complex world in which they live; develop their ability to question; to discuss, challenge and contest diverse positions respectfully and compassionately; and to consider views about our world and how we should live in it.

The curriculum should inspire a relentless optimism for and about children and a restless ambition for what we want them to achieve. Our curriculum should also give children the life skills to flourish and thrive.

Deep learning looks beyond a superficial acquisition of points of knowledge that can be passively recalled in order to answer a question. Instead our curriculum should promote questioning, enquiry and challenge. The learning imparted by adults and children should in turn lead to more or greater learning, so that a piece of knowledge is part of a pathway to other opportunities.

Principled success is concerned with achieving excellence in the metrics by which schools are judged but done so in a way that supports and nurtures the deeper values within our curriculum – who our children are as people and as learners for life, the compassionate advocates of the future. We strive for outstanding outcomes in national tests not as the force that drives our curriculum but as a product of the values that shape our curriculum and our approach to learning.

To help shape the narrative of our conversation Mr Carlyle has visited a number of good and outstanding schools, to look at their provision and what lessons we can learn from them. Sapientia Education Trust is also engaged in the process of curriculum design and development and school leaders at primary and secondary level have met to discuss the vision for a world class education at a local level.

For further information please look at the class pages on the website. Alternatively, please email the school office at or write to the school, the address for which is on the homepage of the website.

Information on the curriculum and how it relates to each year group can be found by clicking on the links below.





Our curriculum map for Summer 2019

Here you will find an overview of the main areas of learning for this term.

Class 1 summer 19 Curriculum-overview-summer 2019(1) (1)

Burston Summer 19 curric map Class2

Academic Year 2019-2020

Please click on the link to see our 3-year rolling programme for EYFS and Key Stage 1

Class 1 Long Term Plan 2019-2022

Please click on the link to see our 4-year rolling programme for Key Stage 2

Long Term Plan Key Stage 2

Autumn Term 2019

Our whole school topic is ‘Blue Planet’

Please click on the links to see the curriculum maps for each class:

Class 1 Burston Curriculum-overview-autumn 2019 (1) (1)

Burston Class 2 curriculum map Autumn 2019

As part of our Blue Planet work, we will be speaking to one of Mr Carlyle’s relatives, who has been all over the world diving. He uses a special underwater camera: here are some of the photos he has taken.


Our learning environment

Spring Term 2020 

In  Class 1, our topic for the first half of the spring term is ‘Family Album’ and for the 2nd half of the spring term it is ‘The Farm Shop’.

In Class 2, our topic for the first half of the spring term is ‘The Great Plague’ and for the 2nd half of the spring term it is ‘Heroes and Villains’.