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NICER Curriculum

We believe that pupils at Birchen Coppice Academy need to let RIP with their learning! Unless learning is full-on and immersive, pupils will not make the outstanding progress that we expect and demand of all of them to make. Let RIP learning be at the heart of our NICER curriculum.

Victoria Academies Trust’s NICER curriculum is built around a series of real, immersive and purposeful learning challenges.

NICER stands for:


Ensuring the voice of the learner is heard through inspirational activities based on children’s interests making links where possible with local and national current affairs and news.


Children as digital lead learners employing a range of sophisticated thinking tools such as learning power, thinking hats, TASC wheels and CoRT 1.


Let RIP learning that captures the imaginations of our children and staff through innovative use of the latest arts and digital technology.


Enabling children to lead and create powerful social enterprises through a series of pioneering project-based learning challenges.


Making learning real and relevant by giving it a local feel and flavour. It’s about leaving a lasting legacy on the whole wide world.

If you would like further information about our curriculum please speak to the class teacher or a member of the leadership team.


We believe that pupils at Birchen Coppice Academy need to be engaged in learning that is real, immersive and purposeful. Our curriculum is known as the NICER Curriculum. It allows us to deliver our foundation subjects in a cross curricular manner, driving learning through relevant, independent, creative, enterprising and real learning opportunities.

Children undertake challenges that ask them to become knowledgeable Historians, Geographers, Artists, Designers, Musicians, Scientists and Athletes. They use their knowledge to achieve their challenge, sharing their learning in a public product to a real audience. Each challenge lasts half a term, and subjects are taught within a cross-curricular manner. All subjects are planned for from the National Curriculum for Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.

By looking at each of our subject overviews, you can see how each subject is taught and where specific knowledge is learnt. We teach children both key information within their subject and how to undertake the specific tasks needed to be effective within that subject e.g. using sources when investigating historical time periods.


Relationships and Health Education (RHE) and PSHE is provided as part of the wide Science curriculum and the wider curriculum to be found in such key areas as Health Education, Personal and Social Education and   Religious Education. Emphasis is placed on responsible living, citizenship, respect for other people, the importance of caring relationships, health and hygiene, all of which provide a natural lead into aspects of Sex Education.

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