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Birchwood's Ethos For Learning

We are Passionate About Learning

Quite simply, it is our intention that every pupil, irrelevant of needs, develops such a passion for learning that they seek out and embrace amazing opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in school and at home. We want all our pupils to experience a wide and varied curriculum, which leaves them excitedly seeking further opportunities to continue their learning journey.


At Birchwood our curriculum journey is driven by:

  • Our own bespoke Wheel of Wisdom curriculum. 
  • Key literary focus and text rich curriculum.
  • High quality core texts that are challenging selected from world famous children's literature.
  • Interconnectedness within subjects and between subjects so that pupils know more and remember more.
  • Real life purpose to learning experiences wherever possible.
  • Methodology = immersion + absorption of skills + practice skills + apply and refine.  
  • Sequential curriculum building towards end curriculum goals, built within real life/wider opportunities that inspire and challenge our pupils (e.g. Milsoms persuasive writing Y6 microbusiness, DEFRA approved egg production unit, Birchwood bees, Suffolk Day, masterclass program, Personalised Learning Plans in every subject).

Birchwood Key Strengths – 21-22

  • Curriculum – intensive work from 2019, sequencing all subjects (and across all subjects) Progression of skills, knowledge, understanding and vocabulary, cohort by cohort.  All subjects meet at least NC requirements and tailored to our school – eg – Douglas Bader WWII.
  • Curriculum - Bespoke assessment system linked directly to our bespoke WOW curriculum – enables us to identify and address any gaps in pupils, knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Curriculum –  Pupil Voice/Plot to Plate/Sporting Success/Forest School – Plethora of opportunities within/extra curricular (e.g. Birchwood Y6 micro business/beekeepers).



Birchwood Key Developments – 21–22

  • Curriculum – writing – in 2019 KS2 results in writing were above national levels for attainment and progress but was weaker counterpart compared to reading/maths. Sept ’20 screening highlighted writing was weakest of RWM following Lockdown 1 and Apr ’21 screening post Lockdown 2 – create many opportunities for writing for purpose/celebrating writing achievements across the curriculum.
  • Curriculum – phonics – to revise sequence for teaching phonics once approved DfE scheme has been selected and resourced Jan ’22.
  • Partnership – continue collaborative working on curriculum, pupil opportunities and development to secure coordinated outcomes (restrictions allowing).