Brinsworth Manor Junior School

Brinsworth Manor Junior School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Brinsworth Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5BX

01709 828505

Curriculum Intent 

We believe that in order to give our pupils the best possible schooling, our curriculum has to be based around the gaining and applying of knowledge, as those with knowledge are considered to have the potential to do better in life.

The school uses the National Curriculum for all subjects, which is delivered to all children. A well- planned and sequenced curriculum has been designed by subject leaders to ensure skills and knowledge are built upon, across Key Stage Two. In our curriculum skills, progression & knowledge document, there are clearly defined objectives for each year group and Key Stage 2 as a whole.  
We aim to ensure that our curriculum introduces the children to ‘the best that has been thought and said'. Alongside our curriculum, our children have the opportunity to achieve in sport and art & culture, these include Young Voices, Picture This, fixture nights across the Trust, intramural sports, art clubs, gardening club, musical performances and Enterprise, to name just a few. 

For more information about the curriculum in each year group click on the documents below. 

*Please note - our curriculum documents are working documents and are updated every term.  The next update will be Spring 1 2022*

 Progression in skills, knowledge and understanding overview.pdfDownload
 Progression of skills, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum at Key Stage Two.pdfDownload
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​At Brinsworth Manor children have daily English lessons and all children access the subject in its many disciplines.  These include reading, writing and GPS, as well as access to high quality texts across the curriculum, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Reading and Writing is developed through self regulation and meta-cognitive strategies so that each pupil has responsibility for their learning. We encourage and promote creativity, enquiry and pupil ownership. All children have access to the school library, which is designed to reflect libraries in the wider communities.  Reading for pleasure is an important part of our curriculum and children are encouraged to develop this. Reading regularly at home can support and nurture progression through primary school and help children grapple with increasingly difficult material as they progress through Key Stages. 
To help children access a wealth of texts and encourage a rich-reading diet, we use 'Power of Reading' from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). CLPE is made of leading practitioners, authors, illustrators, linguists, librarians and educational consultants and professionals, to select a wide variety of literature for study at Early Years and beyond.  The 'Power of Reading' programmes of teaching are how we deliver our main class text that the pupils' writing is based on.  You can find free resources from CLPE (that we have used in remote learning) here.
We believe that reading can improve a child's mental health and well-being, increase their progress and build a better future for them as they progress through Key Stages.  We also believe that reading for pleasure is something that gives a child a sense of place in their world, teaches them about other lives, times and cultures and can also relax and soothe them. You can find lots of free chapters, recommendations and brilliant books here.
If you would like more information on how you can help your child improve in their reading skills then contact your child's class teacher through the parent email. 
Here is our text selection for the Autumn Term. 

Phonics and Early Reading
Pupils in Y3 and Y4 who are currently receiving phonics teaching are taught phonics through Ruth Muskin's Read Write Inc. SSP. 
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a DfE-validated systematic synthetic phonics programme with a wholeschool approach to teaching early reading, designed to ensure progress for every child, in every primary school.  Your child will bring home books to practise their reading in line with this programme of teaching.  You can help support your child through their early reading journey by listening to them read this book to you, to strengthen their decoding. 
More information about Read, Write, Inc. can be found here and access the free e-book library of Read, Write, inc. books here


Influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading Mathematics researchers and practitioners across the world, White Rose Mathematics brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate Mathematics teaching experts to train, guide, help and support all those who want to make change happen within school and to change the future of children.

White Rose Mathematics is developed to match the National Curriculum and uses the 'mastery' approach to mathematics. This involves children deepening their understanding of a mathematical concept through reasoning and problem solving. We use the CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach to Mathematics , whereby children will explore a concept using resources to help them to understand, then move to representing through pictures, and finally, through a written method. We feel that this helps children to understand how Mathematics works rather than just ‘do’ it.

Our mantra is simple: at Brinsworth Manor Junior School - Everyone can!

Together, we’re building a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in Mathematics – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, we help teachers and learners everywhere to achieve excellence.

As we prove this to pupils, we are shaping assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of Mathematics . They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in Mathematics but also support them across the curriculum.

We are committed to working together to be and give the very best, and to make a difference to every pupil.

Below you can see our Addition & Subtraction and Multiplication & Division calculation policies based on White Rose Mathematics

Home Learning 

To help support and strengthen your child's retention of the learning in the long term, the following home learning platforms have been set up to support the progression of skills and knowledge in our curriculum. 

Details of how to access pupil accounts have been sent home but you can request these from your child's class teacher, via the school's main contact. 


Bedrock Vocabulary Login

Bedrock Vocabulary is an online curriculum that children can follow at school or at home. It teaches students the academic words they need to succeed at school and beyond.  

Bedrock Vocabulary has a simple mission: to narrow the word gap that exists between different groups of students and improve outcomes across the curriculum for all students.

Bedrock’s extensive vocabulary curriculum delivers excellent progress for students; our data dashboard enables staff and leadership to meticulously track language learning but more than that, it offers a shift in culture for schools too. In Bedrock schools, students are word aware and have the tools to improve their vocabulary, teachers feel confident that they are addressing the word gap and the whole school becomes a place where language really matters.

EdShed Login

Spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Spelling Shed makes the acquisition of these key skills fun and engaging for pupils and easy to plan for teachers.

Designed by a team of teachers, the Spelling Shed scheme aligns with the English National Curriculum and, as the scheme is fully editable, it can be used alongside any existing spelling schemes that schools may be using, ensuring 100% curriculum coverage.

The game aspect of Spelling Shed ensures children are engaged and eager to practise their spellings regularly. The low-stakes games, quizzes and reward systems ensure that children find spelling fun. The games can be played in class or assigned for home learning, making them perfect for in-school learning, homework or a hybrid model which many schools now use.

As well as spelling, there are various components across the platform with teaching resources and activities for phonics, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. The teaching slides for spelling, grammar and punctuation fully cover the National Curriculum across the primary range, and we have a full phonics and reading programme on their way to complement these. provides KS1 and KS2 practice punctuation & grammar tests. Plus 80 additional tests covering grammar objectives for every year group.  




Times Tables Rock Stars

In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.

Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 16,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.


Please note: Our licence is awaiting renewal provides rigorous online assessments covering all objectives from the KS1 & KS2 Maths Programme of Study