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Burham C E Primary School
Bell Lane, Burham, ME1 3SY, UK Rochester
+44 (0)1634-861691

Welcome to Burham CE Primary School

Welcome to Burham School

There has been a school in Burham since 1858 when the then Curate of Burham, the Rev. W. Keith started a church school with funds raised locally. It was originally sited on Rochester Road and at one time held as many as 400 boys and girls. When a new Board school was built on the corner of Bell Lane in 1890, the boys moved there leaving the girls and infants in the original building. Both schools were re-organised in 1958 and became separate Infant and Junior Schools. This new building was erected in 1985 and the juniors moved in.
Now the history of the schools in Burham has come full circle and the two schools became one when they merged in 1991 and became Burham Church of England Primary School. In June 1993 we moved out of the old Infant building into our new infant wing.


• The Governing Body is happy to accept the National Curriculum and Kent Council's Curriculum Policy as a basis for their own statement of the aims of the school curriculum as follows:

• To develop lively and enquiring minds in our pupils; to promote the ability to question and argue rationally; to encourage pupils to apply themselves to a range of tasks and skills.

• To emphasise the importance of Numeracy and Literacy, together with the aesthetic and physical areas of learning, and to achieve high standards throughout.

• To foster attitudes which will instill self-confidence in pupils, create a sense of personal excellence and help them to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life and work, particularly in the use and understanding of Information Technology, in a fast changing world.

• To help pupils to develop perceptive spiritual and moral values, and an understanding of Christianity and the religious beliefs of others.

• To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.

• To give pupils the skills to communicate well.

• To develop a range of skills so that pupils can work effectively independently or collaboratively as appropriate.

• To develop in pupils the ability to appreciate critically human achievements and aspirations.


The following is the school’s Code of Behaviour which is designed to help Pupils, Parents, Teachers, Classroom Assistants and Lunchtime Supervisors to work together to make a safe and happy school. It has also been designed to encourage children to grow up respecting the feelings, rights and property of others.

The school has six rules for children:

• We are helpful and think about other people.
• We work sensibly and quietly.
• We do the best we can.
• We do not hurt or push others.
• We do not use unkind words or bad language.
• We do not take things that belong to other people.

If children are badly behaved the following courses of action will be followed as appropriate:

Teachers may:
i. reprimand a child
ii. ask for work to be done or repeated
iii. change what the child is doing
iv. change where they are doing it
v. keep a child in at break or lunchtime (15 minutes detention supervised by staff during lunchtime)
vi. keep a record of the child's behaviour
vii talk to the Headteacher and the child's parents

Assistants may:
i. ask a child to behave sensibly
i. talk to the Class Teacher and/or the Headteacher

Lunchtime Supervisors may:
i. ask a child to behave or play sensibly
ii. bring a child in from the playground
iii. make a note in the Lunchtime Notebook which will be handed to the Class teacher at the start of the afternoon session
iv. talk to the Teacher on duty and/or the Headteacher

The Headteacher may:
i. reprimand a child
ii. keep a record of a child's behaviour
iii. make arrangements for the child to work on their own, or in another classroom, for a period of time
iv. make arrangements for a child to stay in during a break or lunchtime
v. write to the child's parents
vi. discuss the child's behaviour with their parents

Very rarely it might become necessary for the Headteacher to:
i. ask parents to collect a child and take them home at lunchtimes
ii. exclude a child from the school

CHILDREN SHOULD tell a Lunchtime Supervisor, Assistant, Teacher or the Headteacher if they are unhappy in the playground or in school.


Breakfast club runs every morning during term time from 7:45a.m. - 8:45a.m. at a cost of £2 per day which includes care and a healthy breakfast.

There are several clubs, which children in Years 1-6 may join. These may vary from year to year. Children also have the opportunity to join the local church choir. Currently there are opportunities to join the following clubs: Badminton (Year 6), Football (Years2, 3, 4, 5 & 6), Art Years (1 & 2), Choir (Years 2, 3, 4, 5), ICT/Digital Blue (Years 5 and 6) and Netball (Years 5 & 6). These take place after school. Sometimes children are invited to represent the school in matches against other schools.


There are Infant and Junior Sports Days for which medals are awarded to individual winners and Cups are awarded to winning House Teams. Additionally there is a full programme of seasonal competitive games played in voluntary after school clubs e.g., Cricket, Football, Netball, Rounders and Badminton. The school participates in matches arranged with other local schools and in Inter-Schools Tournaments. The following are played on an occasional basis: Rugby and Short Tennis. Annually the school promotes both Sports Achievement and Effort by awarding to a girl and a boy a Sport Cup, and also one for Sportsmanship. There is an annual Badminton Tournament for which trophies are awarded and individual medals are given to mark Football and Netball Team players.
(See also CURRICULUM: Physical Education and Swimming.)


The School Curriculum is the way in which the Aims of the school are put into practice. Besides the timetabled curriculum of the school we believe that the ethos of the school, through which the children learn attitudes and values, is also vitally important. Our curriculum, which is broadly based, has the National Curriculum as its foundation.

The school has Policies regarding Teaching and Learning and the curriculum subjects. The presentation of the curriculum is regularly monitored.


The National Curriculum comprises English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, PSHE and Physical Education. Religious Education is also included. French (not a National Curriculum requirement) is taught to all Key Stage 2 pupils. Information and Communication Technology is embedded in all curriculum subjects. The National Curriculum specifies Attainment Targets and Levels of Attainment from the ages of 5 - 16 years. Documents relating to the National Curriculum can be seen in the school office.

Teachers will teach subjects using a variety of methods. These will include:
i) whole class teaching;
ii) group teaching;
iii) individual teaching.

Single subjects will be taught, but there are many occasions now where subjects are linked through the Creative Curriculum.

There may also be a range of activities within a subject area at any one time. The emphasis is on active learning with the younger children. As children get older they will gradually move to have more control of their own learning.

Sometimes children are grouped by the attainment and ability they have shown in a subject, or for other educational reasons, so that teaching can be designed to match their learning needs. This is usually for part of the English (Literacy), Mathematics (Numeracy), Games and Swimming Curriculum, although it may happen in other subjects.

Whilst children are with us they are working in the Foundation Stage (Reception Year); National Curriculum Key Stage 1 (Infant - Year 1 and Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Junior - Year 3 to Year 6) though the Level at which they are working will vary according to their attainment and ability in a particular subject area.

We aim to deliver a broad, exciting, creative and challenging curriculum to all pupils across the full range of national expectations. We do this by offering a curriculum enriched by first-hand experiences, including visits locally and further a field, contributions from adults with knowledge and skills that could enhance pupils learning and an extensive range of extra-curricular activities.

Teachers have adopted a more flexible approach to time-tabling. They plan and link subjects together into a topic theme to bring learning to life through problem solving and practical work. The curriculum involves first hand experiences and is taught in ways that will make sense for the pupils.


All pupils will experience all areas of the Curriculum during each Educational Year. Each class group follows a planned scheme of work in all National Curriculum subjects. Policies for each of the subjects are available for inspection.

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