Bledington Primary School Curriculum
Intent: At Bledington Primary School, we pride ourselves on offering an inclusive environment where all children learn to reach their full potential, regardless of ability, background, challenge or need. The well-being of each child is at the forefront of our practice and provision and we are committed to developing the child as a whole; emotionally, socially, academically and physically. We aim to foster a love of learning through an engaging, dynamic and purposeful curriculum where our pupils are given rich experiences in and out of the classroom. We continually celebrate the diversity of life and promote respect for all through our active teaching of British Values which are interwoven into our own set of school values. We encourage pupils to be curious, creative, positive, adventurous, collaborative and reflective and we strive to enable pupils to make links between different aspects of learning. We intend that these transferrable skills will support our pupils beyond our classrooms and into successful futures in a modern society. We use our motto, Enjoy, Engage, Challenge in everything that we do; we aim to ensure that every one of our children enjoys their experiences, engages fully in every opportunity and challenges themselves to persevere and succeed.
Implementation: The school follows the Foundation Curriculum for Early Years (EYFS Framework), and the National Curriculum for the rest of the school. Taking the Equality Act 2010 and the 2014 SEND regulations into consideration, we ensure that every individual pupil is able to access every lesson or session and we incorporate a creative, coherent and consistent approach that is designed to enable all children to learn and apply the knowledge and skills taught. Our small class sizes and high adult/pupil ratio foster a nurturing and caring environment which children are confident to work in. Each class writes their own Class Charter and pupils agree the expectations for behaviour and learning within the school environment. Our pupils are introduced to democracy early as we follow an election process for voting peers onto the School or Eco Councils.
Reading is given a high priority in our curriculum as it is the ability to read and understand which opens up learning for children. In EYFS and KS1 children read with an adult daily in school and take home a book every evening. All children complete READ activities daily. These challenge them to
We have Voluntary Reading Helpers who come into school weekly and enhance speaking, listening and reading opportunities. Phonics are key to the development of both decoding and writing skills and all pupils spend 20 minutes every day working on phonics or spelling activities which then transfer into both their reading and writing.
As we have two-year groups in most classes, in order for all children to cover every objective, our curriculum is carefully planned on a broad and balanced two-year cycle. This is adapted slightly every year to take changing cohorts into consideration. Each subject area across the curriculum is planned using a sequence of lessons which allow prior learning to be built upon and skills embedded. Our subject progression grids ensure that all objectives for the year group will be addressed and pupils know the learning objective for each lesson they participate in. They are given the tools to meet the objectives through quality teaching, focused questioning, clear expectations and individual scaffolding or support where needed.
Impact : we use regular monitoring to evaluate the impact of our curriculum. All the adults in school review learning, talk with our children and provide feedback to move our practice forward. We ensure that our children’s attainment and progress are in line or exceeding their potential through monitoring, our BPS curriculum assessments, statutory testing, national data, and the robust moderation of pupils’ work across our North Cotswold cluster of schools.
Our curriculum ensures that we develop well-rounded citizens with a clear understanding of values such as love, responsibility and friendship. All children have the ability to make confident choices and to understand the ways in which they can make a positive difference to our school, our local community and the wider world both now and in the future. Our children demonstrate high levels of motivation and resilience when faced with different types of challenge. They leave Bledington Primary School with a sense of belonging and are proud of their achievements.
The aim of the national curriculum is to provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
It is organised on the basis of 4 key stages and 12 subjects.
The link below takes you to the new National Curriculum which came in to effect from September 2014.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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