Curriculum Provision

Our child-centred curriculum enables pupils to become Responsible Citizens, Successful Learners and Confident Individuals within modern Britain.

Keeping our children safe and ensuring that we prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. George Betts promotes community cohesion by respecting the traditions and celebrating the cultures of our children’s homes and heritage. At the same time, we ensure that all children are familiar with expectations in modern British society, particularly in relation to:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our curriculum follows the Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum, making links between curriculum areas where appropriate.  In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children are taught Phonics in line with the DfE’s published scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking. At George Betts we have fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities for the children to access, enabling us to develop and broaden their learning opportunities. We offer a variety of experiences and activities which are linked to the children’s interests and learning needs, designed to further their development process. Teachers planning ensures curriculum coverage in line with ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ which can be accessed here

Across the school, teaching is informed by an on-going assessment of the children’s progress in each subject area, with the aim of ensuring that all children achieve or exceed age-related expectations.

Curriculum Enrichment Video of 2018/19:

Children in Years 1-6 have daily English and Maths lessons which are planned and differentiated to meet the individual needs of all children. Our wider curriculum is called ‘Learning for Life’ and is designed to enable children to encompass the love of learning which will follow them through life beyond George Betts. Learning for Life is a full spectrum curriculum that allows all talents to shine and all interests to grow. It aims to ignite a life-long appreciation of the amazing world we live in. Each year group will have a broad topic focus which will be the basis of their learning across the curriculum. Each half-term, the children will focus on one particular area of the wider curriculum. As it is for a whole half-term, this means that the children have longer to develop the skills needed to master a subject. The aim of our new curriculum is to develop a school of geographers, historians, artists, performers and designers.

In addition to the Learning for Life, the children also have access to 2 hours of Physical Education each week and swimming lessons in Year 4 in the Summer Term. All children take part in collective worship daily within the classroom as well as in assemblies. We offer a programme of enrichment opportunities such as:

• Curriculum Focus Days
• Creative Arts Residentials
• Outdoor Learning Residentials
• Adventure Residentials
• After School Sports Clubs
• After School Art Club
• Team sports and competitions
• Specialist Music Support
• Enterprise Days for KS2
• Guest ‘Career’ Speakers
• Extended Services Clubs (including Sports, Study Groups and Drama)

We work in partnership with families to support children with their learning through the Families Learning in Partnership (FLIP) programme.

Please click on the folders below to see what is taught within each curriculum area across the Key Stages.  

At George Betts Primary Academy we follow the Sandwell agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The syllabus makes an important contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and understanding.  Units within the syllabus enable all learners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the main faiths and to learn about and respect each others’ beliefs. We also visit a place of worship in every year group, every year. More information about Sandwell’s Agreed Syllabus for RE can be found at

Curriculum Enrichment Video of 2017/18:

Curriculum Enrichment Video of 2016/17:

Updated July 2017, Louise Carroll & Nikki Rolfe