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School Curriculum

Learning at Berridge is based upon the new National Curriculum (September 2014). The children are taught in year groups throughout school. Literacy and numeracy lessons are normally taught in the mornings and the other curriculum areas in the afternoon. The year groups use ‘topics’ to teach the curriculum, finding opportunities to use their numeracy and literacy skills.  


At KS1 (3-7) the children are taught phonics (sounds and letters) and these are taught in small groups with additional adults. The rest of the curriculum is taught by classteachers


At KS2 (7-11) children are taught in numeracy groups  with different teachers. The children are normally taught English and topic work by their class teacher. Music, IT and some PE sessions are taught by specialist teachers . 


 Curriculum Topic plans are available on the year group pages

Book Studies

Every year group has planned a  book study. The books are used to plan and inspire other areas of the curriculum such as art and DT. Every year group will plan books studies every year. The main aims of the book studies are to:-

  • Promote a ‘love of reading’

  • Broaden children’s knowledge of literature including ‘classic texts’

  • Use books as inspiration for other curriculum studies

  • Create excitement and curiosity about texts

  • Strengthen children’s reading skills

Spanish at Berridge

At Brushfield Site (KS2) children are taught Spanish. Weekly lessons are planned and taught by bilingual teachers and teaching assistants. Why not look at some Spanish songs to help you practise !

Outdoor Learning

Children at Berridge have regular sessions in our wildlife garden and outdoor spaces. Every child has opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands on learning in the environment.  Even in the middle of our busy built up city we want evey child to be able to experience the natural world.  Here are some examples of the things we do outdoors:

  • Pond dipping
  • Firepit and cooking
  • Growing fruits, vegetables and flowers
  • Building dens and shelters
  • Making bird feeders and small animal homes
Our phonics programme is based on Letters and Sounds and has been developed in our school to address the needs of a wide range of learners across all age groups.
Phonics is taught discretely every day and children are grouped according to which phase they are at. Sessions cover phoneme-grapheme correspondences, blending, segmenting, some whole words, letter names, letter formation and, as the children progress, vocabulary, correct spelling and sentence structure.  The teaching of phonics happens within a language rich environment where children are given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills in other areas of the curriculum.

Phonics Video

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This short video will help you with how to say the pure sounds we use when teaching children to read and write with phonics. If you have any questions please do ask to speak to Mrs Beeley who will be happy to help you.

  • Berridge Brushfield Site (7 -11)
  • Berridge Road West, Hyson Green, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire,
  • NG7 5LE, Telephone: 0115 9155813