Our intent when planning the whole school curriculum:
To provide a rich, varied and well-planned curriculum that meets the needs of all our pupils.
To provide an engaging curriculum that builds on previous learning while offering a firm foundation for the future.
To excite and inspire children by offering both classroom lessons and cultural experiences that reflect society’s values.
We will develop subject-specific topics which ensure a strong knowledge (concepts) base alongside appropriate, skills and values.
We value the potential of each subject and promote experts within these areas in order to build aspirations for our pupils.
To prepare pupils for life in our British Society by fostering in them attitudes and qualities which enable them to become confident, caring and responsible citizens.
Our teaching methods will be designed to promote independence of thought and self-confidence by linking lessons to real-life applications.
There will be a strong emphasis on quality literature, including narrative, poetry and non-fictional text, in order to develop the imagination of our pupils.
Vocabulary development is equally important. We want our pupils to understand language and be able to communicate in a range of settings and situations.
High-quality basic skills teaching is fundamental to our curriculum. Such basic skills as reading, writing, number and speaking and listening are practised through well-planned and related themes.
Topics are not taught in isolation. Children are encouraged to make links across subjects in order to broaden their general knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
How we will Implement the curriculum
Our themes will be organised around subject areas in order to ensure subject progression of knowledge (concepts) and skills across all areas of the curriculum. Some subject areas will be taught discretely. All areas of learning will be underpinned by strong subject knowledge to ensure teaching is developmental and builds on the prior learning of pupils.
Teachers will have good subject knowledge and will be supported to maintain and improve this knowledge through training, observing best practice and undertaking relevant research.
Subject leaders will provide colleagues with support for planning, resourcing and teaching.
Lessons will incorporate examples; retrieval practice and, over time, revisit teaching and knowledge skills.
Materials within lessons will be broken down into manageable ‘chunks’ to ensure access to learning.
High quality texts will be used from Reception to Year 6 building on the foundations of excellent teaching of phonics.
The teaching of key vocabulary will be a primary feature in all subjects and be enhanced in all areas of the curriculum.
The school curriculum map will be planned to ensure that teaching is sequential with the teacher ensuring that knowledge and skills are taught in a logical and progressive order.
The impact we wish to see
The value of our curriculum is measured through end of year assessments and Government tests; through Governor meetings and visits, and through our own monitoring of teaching, learning and pupil voice. The acquisition of knowledge and skills by pupils is demonstrated through EYFS, Phonics (Year 1), Keys Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Our curriculum ensures that we develop well-rounded citizens with a clear understanding of values such as love, responsibility and friendship. Our new curriculum promotes acceptance, diversity, citizenship and human rights while addressing negative stereotyping.
Children will leave Bridgetown Primary ready for a successful transition to secondary school, and will be ready, respectful and safe for their life beyond.
You can find out about English, maths and science at Bridgetown in more detail via the links below:
Phonics refers to a method for teaching speakers of English to read and write their language. It involves connecting the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters (e.g that the sound /k/ can be represented by c, k, ck or ch spellings) and teaching them to blend the sounds of letters together to produce approximate pronunciations of unknown words. In this way, phonics enables people to use individual sounds to construct words. For example, when taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, one can build up the words "tap", "pat", "pats", "taps" and "sat"
You may find this Literacy Trust phonics glossary useful.
At Bridgetown, regular phonics teaching and practice follows the Letters and Sounds programme.
Opportunities for reading at Bridgetown School are rich and varied from free choice from our extensive school library to regular shared, guided and individual reading with in the classroom.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One the children are encouraged to apply many reading strategies and reinforce their phonics skills through our book banded reading schemes. A combination of Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cats act as our main independent reading schemes. Through this, children encounter treasured stories, non fiction and phonic texts. To ensure breadth, variety and a range of different text styles, other schemes are 'bookbanded' into coloured bands for children to access in relation to their reading ability.
In addition to this, children have regular guided reading sessions using the Rigby Star Guided series. Teachers and teaching assistants carry out continuous assessments linking the texts to curriculum 2014 targets.
The Bridgetown mathematics curriculum follows the requirements of the national curriculum 2014 and is designed to develop creative mathematical thinking and problem solving, as well as key mathematical knowledge and calculation methods.
Please see the documents below for key learning in each year group.