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Our children learn a great deal every week. Some of this is from daily, subject specific lessons, some from specialist tutors (for example music and PE) and some through cross-curricular enquiry (Big Question, Big Challenge).  These cross-curricular lessons begin with a picture and scenario leading to some initial writing and then a discussion.  A final product is then produced where there are lots of opportunities provided for cross-curricular writing.  There is also a short reading activity built in to every lesson.

Children have 2 hours of PE each week. We also offer swimming.

Children in KS2 learn French


All children attend a weekly singing assembly on Wednesday afternoons. 


Please visit the class pages where you will find the long and mid-term plans containing more details about the curriculum in different year groups.

Our English curriculum vision

English teaching at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy aims to:


  • Inspire children through a range of ‘hooks’.
  • Enable children to develop a love of reading.
  • Give children opportunities to express themselves in different ways including through poetry and drama.
  • Encourage positive attitudes to all areas of English by making it purposeful and fun!
  • Ensure that children are confident and creative writers across a range of text types.


The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


For more details on writing, reading and phonics please see the relevant links below:

Our philosophy for the teaching and learning of mathematics

For individual calculation policies please see relevant link below. 


We are taking a mastery approach to our teaching of mathematics.  Children are supported and challenged to grasp concepts and understand them more deeply.  Differentiation occurs in the support and intervention provided to different pupils (e.g. models and images used, adult support, questioning).  Any pupils having more difficulty in grasping a particular aspect of curriculum content are identified very rapidly and provided with extra support to help them master that content before moving on to new material.  Pupils who have grasped concepts quickly, are challenged with sophisticated problems that deepen their knowledge of the same content.


We believe that deeper understanding can be achieved for all pupils by questioning that asks how and why different mathematical techniques work and to make deep mathematical connections.  These questions are accessed by pupils at different depths and are used both to support and challenge.  For children to master curriculum content, they need to be fluent (not just accurate) and this involves reasoning mathematically and solving problems.


Our aim is for pupils to experience deep, sustainable learning of increasingly sophisticated mathematical ideas as they move through their primary mathematics education.

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