Our Curriculum

The Bangabandhu Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and includes RE, PSHE and Philosophy for Children. We are a Gold Rights Respecting school and our curriculum reflects the culture, values and the ethos of our school.  Our curriculum is designed to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges of life in modern Britain. Learning experiences include relevant experiences beyond the classroom, such as educational visits, residentials and a wide range of after school clubs. Our Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural education (including age appropriate education on relationships and sex) aims to equip our pupils to be reflective, caring and active members of our diverse society.

At present we are currently in the process of completely redesigning our curriculum, informed by current research on how children learn. We have been learning about cognitive load and schema theory and are implementing associated strategies routinely in class.   Our curriculum development will be an ongoing process taking place over this year and next, with our new and improved curriculum being launched in September 2020. We aim to develop an innovative curriculum, with opportunities for deep and rich learning experiences. The National Curriculum is a “mastery” curriculum and we believe that pupils should repeat content as many times as possible across the key stage to gradually deepen their understanding.

Preparing our Children for a Successful Future

 What will your child learn at Bangabandhu?

The provision we offer is guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum and the requirements of the Local Authority, Tower Hamlets.

Our provision takes into account every aspect of a child’s development.  The Curriculum gives the children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of Numeracy and Literacy. To enable children to develop socially, morally, physically, emotionally and spiritually we provide stimulating learning environments in which children are encouraged to learn through their own experiences and apply their knowledge independently. Within this framework of a broad and balanced curriculum the individual needs of each child are met through well planned and varied learning activities, including visits and specialist tuition.

The aim of our curriculum is to equip children with the knowledge, skills, dispositions, attitudes, values and beliefs to enable them to succeed as global citizens in the 21st Century.

It provides a broad and balanced learning experience for every child. We consider how the different subjects can be creatively linked and taught in exciting ways to enthuse all our children. As a foundation for all other subjects, English and Mathematics continue to be a main focus and are threaded through all curriculum areas. We focus on developing children to be strong readers, excellent communicators and confident working with numbers in everyday life.

Our vision to Aim High, Take Part and Have Fun underpins our new curriculum. This ensures that all children develop the skills that will enable them to achieve their full potential, as well as become lifelong learners.

Learning in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception)      

Children in Nursery and Reception very quickly learn to transfer and apply skills provided by the Early Years Curriculum.

The prime areas of the Early Years curriculum are:

The specific areas of the Early Years curriculum are:

From the start of a child’s education at Bangabandhu he or she is given carefully structured and balanced education using whatever methods and groupings are required to ensure success in learning. Staff at Bangabandhu have developed a rich and engaging curriculum and we would be delighted to discuss any aspects or to show the curriculum being taught to enthusiastic and motivated children.

 Learning to read, write and be numerate

We place great importance in developing children’s skills in reading, writing and number.  We believe that these are foundations to future learning.  We use a published literacy scheme to develop children’s reading and writing in Early Years and Key Stage 1, whilst using a systematic approach to the development of core number skills.

Once children are familiar with the mechanics of reading and writing, and know basic number facts and calculation operations, our curriculum offers them the opportunity to apply and further develop these skills in a wide range of contexts.

More often than not, pupils are taught English and Mathematics in flexible ability groups which best match their needs and stages of development.

Learning in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (Years One to Six)

At Bangabandhu we follow a ‘topic based’ approach to the curriculum which means that wherever possible, we group our subjects around a topic.  Not all subjects can naturally ‘fit’ with a topic so these subjects are taught separately.  Within all topic learning children are made explicitly aware of the skills and knowledge they are developing. 

You will find our curriculum overviews for each year group below.

If you have any further queries about the curriculum, please contact the school office on 020 8980 0580 or email

 How do we teach our Curriculum?

The delivery of the curriculum is usually based in the child’s own class: most subjects and skills are taught by the same class teacher, but occasionally children learn with children from other classes or different members of staff. For example, sometimes in English children are grouped according to their learning needs in ‘sets’ or groups and are taught by someone other than the class teacher.

Some subjects are taught by specialist teachers in order that we maximise children’s learning. 

Weekly music lessons are taught by specialist music teachers.  We also have specialist teachers who give weekly instrument tuition in the following instruments: recorder, guitar and African drumming.

We are a multi-faith school and our Religious Education curriculum reflects this by teaching the main world faiths.  As a school community we commemorate major festivals.  The Education Reform Act (1988) gives parents the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education. It is unlikely that parents will choose to do this and it is not something we recommend or encourage.

 How will you know your child is doing well?

We make on-going (formative) assessments of pupil’s attainment to track their progress in reading, writing and number.  This helps with future planning and also informs our discussions about your child’s progress in parents’ meetings.

After more formal (summative) assessments, such as statutory assessments at the end of key stages, we report the outcomes to parents and report the outcomes of these assessments to the governing body and Department for Education, as required.

Rights Respecting School General Curriculum Links

Children learning about their rights is integral to our curriculum and you can see below how the Articles of the United Nations Conventions of the Child fit with each curriculum area.