Curriculum Aims

At Ark Bentworth we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability. We are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master basic skills in English and mathematics from an early age. Ark Bentworth has an adapted version of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, and has comprehensive curriculum maps to ensure that we cover all the statutory requirements during your child’s time with us.

Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. At Ark Bentworth we place great emphasis on giving children practical activities and opportunities in their learning, as we believe that it is only by direct experience that true understanding of a specific area, and its relevance to real life, can be gained.

All children will participate in weekly physical activity. Each class will have a formal P.E. lesson once a week.

All children will also participate in the Ark schools arts programme. Every child at Ark Bentworth will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and some pupils may wish to take up individual one-to-one music tuition.

The Challenge Curriculum

The Challenge Curriculum aims to combine core subject knowledge with 21st Century skills: mastery; depth before breadth; life, career and character development; digital citizenship and creativity and innovation.

The approach is modular and begins with a driving research question – something to engage our children, get them thinking and which most importantly, could not be simply ‘googled’.

After the initial engagement, children harvest their existing knowledge before exploring to find out more about the theme.

Mastery is an integral component, with children preparing to exhibit their findings through multi-model digital presentations to peers, parents, local communities and experts.

However, this is not before creating multiple drafts and developing their skills of critique. Underneath this learning sequence sits on-going formative assessment of skills and processes, ending with a summative assessment against the core knowledge.

Please do look through our Challenge Curriculum document.  We are looking forward to sharing the children’s knowledge throughout the year.

The Challenge Curriculum

Curriculum Policy

Our two specialisms


Mastery of mathematics is essential in every sphere of life, so we invest in resources to train the best teachers and offer a wide range of resources. We are pioneering methods and systems for teaching from Singapore Mathematics with the aim to produce confident and expert mathematicians from a young age.



At Ark Benworth Primary Academy we value the importance of the performing arts (Visual arts, drama, dance and music). Our bespoke arts curriculum has been developed to ensure pupils grow in confidence and develop the confidence to talk to increasing audience sizes about their own work and share their thoughts upon the work of others.

Approach to phonics and reading

At Ark Bentworth Primary Academy synthetic phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The forty four common sounds in the English language are taught and children learn how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Most importantly Read Write Inc. Phonics provides the children with the opportunity to read a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they enjoy early success in reading.

In Year Two, once the children are fluent at decoding they progress to Literacy and Language. This programme enables children to develop their comprehension, writing, critical thinking, discussion skills and also gain a firm knowledge and understanding of grammar.


We are a “Get Reading. Keep Reading. Change Everything.” school.

We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the Read Write Inc. programmes with fidelity and passion – we know what it takes to make literacy pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

Raise standards in reading and writing for our children

Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher Gemma Grierson

Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer

Release our reading leaders to ensure our high standards are maintained.

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