Our School Curriculum
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we as a school organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of our children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others, whilst developing knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning, in order that they achieve.
At Brixham Church of England Primary School we work within an inclusive, environment promoting our core values of love, respect, friendship, forgiveness, truth and compassion. These permeate all aspects of school life enabling us to help every child achieve their full potential by equipping them with a feeling of self-worth, a respectful attitude towards others, an excitement for learning and an enthusiasm for life. We equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their future enabling them to lead happy and rewarding lives.
2. Aims and objectives: what we do
The aims of our school curriculum are:
•to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
•to promote a positive attitude towards learning through Growth Mindset and BLP
•to teach children basic skills in English, Mathematics and Science;
•to enable children to be creative and to develop their own critical thinking;
•to teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
•to develop understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, mutual respect, tolerance of those of other faiths, individual liberty and the rule of law;
•to enable children to be positive citizens in society;
•to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
• to support the development of spirituality.
- to promote a healthy lifestyle through PE and Food Technology activities
•to help children understand and value the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
•to enable children to have respect for themselves, high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.
3. Key skills
Our curriculum ensures progression in the following key skills:
- working with others and communication;
- improving own learning and performance;
- problem-solving and creativity
In our curriculum planning, we plan to help children develop these skills, so that the children’s progress can be identified and monitored. All subject areas contribute to a child’s progress in these skills. Our school believes that all children need to make good progress in these skill areas in order to flourish.
4. Organisation and planning
We plan our curriculum in Year groups, based on the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.
Each year group has a long-term plan, which may be adapted throughout the year to build on needs and interests as they unfold.
Our termly planning (medium term) is thematic with a cross-curricular approach to enable ‘joined up/purposeful’ learning to take place. With medium-term plans, we begin with a text and plan across the curriculum. Staff identify outcomes for each curriculum area linked to the central theme. Opportunities to consolidate and develop learning arise through trips out and inviting visitors to school.
We are committed to outdoor learning and all children benefit from six days a year at Forest School, where elements of the National Curriculum are planned and taught, alongside Forest School activities which include den building, fire making, cooking and using tools safely.
Our short-term plans are those that our teachers write on a weekly or daily basis. We use these as a timetable for the week, identifying outcomes for each lesson.
5. Children with special needs
The curriculum in our school is designed to provide access and opportunity for all children who attend the school. If a child has a special need, our school does all it can to meet these individual needs.
If a child displays signs of having special needs, the class teacher makes an assessment of this need. In most instances the teacher is able to provide resources and educational opportunities which meet the child’s needs within the normal class organisation. Children’s special educational needs may be met by the use of intervention groups or one-to-one support from Teaching Assistants and teachers.
6. The Early Years Foundation Stage
The curriculum that we teach in the reception class meets the requirements set out in the revised National Curriculum at Foundation Stage. Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Years Development criteria and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in this document. We use Letters and Sounds as a phonic scheme. We use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme, supplemented with many texts from Project X, Rigby star, Comics for phonics and Songbirds.
Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the Foundation classes is underpinned by the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.
During the children’s first term in the Foundation classes, their teachers begin to record the skills of each child on entry to the school. This assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child. The Foundation Stage Profile is used to assess children’s progress during the year.
We are well aware that all children need the support of parents and teachers to make good progress in school. We strive to build positive links with the parents of each child by keeping them informed about the way in which the children are being taught and how well each child is progressing.
9. Monitoring and review
Our governing body is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented.
The headteacher is responsible for the day to day organisation of the curriculum. The headteacher and senior staff monitor the plans for all teachers, ensuring that all classes are taught the full requirements of the National Curriculum.
Subject leaders monitor the way their subject is taught throughout the school. They monitor long-term and medium-term planning, and ensure that appropriate teaching strategies are used. They keep up to date with new initiatives and lead CPD with staff.