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Bridgetown Primary School

Caring, Learning, Succeeding

Curriculum

The Bridgetown Curriculum

 

Intent

Curriculum Intent Statement

At Bridgetown we endeavour to provide a curriculum that provides a sound foundation for pupils to develop as individuals and be the best that they can be. All learners are empowered to be independent learners and to be curious about the ever changing, extraordinary world around them.

Our values based curriculum encourages mutual respect for one another regardless of age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation and academic ability. British values are at the heart of what we do and while we are proud to be British citizens we welcome and embrace friends that join us from around the world. At Bridgetown every child really does matter and we make a difference to every child.

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens and offer a whole school consistency which allows our children to become reflective, resilient life-long learners.

The aim of our provision is to encourage and foster a love of learning. We believe that this is the key to academic success. We teach and encourage everyone to use protective behaviours so that we all feel safe when embarking on new learning opportunities and adventures allowing everyone to love learning and to be excited to succeed.

 

Implementation

Implementation of our curriculum

Our clear intentions will form the drivers as we implement the curriculum here at Bridgetown.

Our curriculum intent is implemented through all subjects and learning activities to ensure that each child benefits from an exciting, broad and balanced learning experience. Each child’s learning journey will be unique and careful planning will ensure that topics are adapted for both our school and each individual’s needs. Through each subject we will demonstrate the use of a wide vocabulary and clear cross curricular links to ensure children gain a wide and clear picture of the world. Having high expectations and encouraging and expecting children to learn beyond their comfort zone enables the best possible outcomes and successful learning journeys.

Through careful strategic planning, daily, weekly and medium term planning is responsive to children’s needs while dynamic assessment allows for ‘planning in the moment’ to amend teaching to deal with misconceptions and accelerate learning where concepts are secured quickly ensuring that teaching is well matched to the learners needs.

The staff team work closely in order to develop, review and implement our intentions into a sustainable curriculum as we work together to reflect upon provision, share outcomes and drive forward learning. We don’t confuse coverage with progress when assessing. Learning is measured through careful analysis of application of skills across the curriculum where there is an expectation that knowledge is applied and transferred across topics demonstrating quality thinking and individual understanding.

 

Impact

At Bridgetown Primary the impact of our curriculum means that children experience:

-A curriculum that is focussed on healthy minds and bodies ensuring the importance of wellbeing

-An exciting learning journey built on deepening knowledge and a rich vocabulary

-A curriculum where prior knowledge provides the anchor for their future learning

-Opportunities to practise skills so that learning becomes embedded allowing them to feel secure before they move on.

-Taking risks and developing resilience and confidence when extending their own learning independently.

-A curriculum that develops the use of pupil voice to improve school performance and accountability of learners

-A broad and balanced curriculum that inspires them to learn and reach aspirational targets

-Social, cultural, moral and spiritual learning which enable them to take a constructive place as a member of the world community.

 

See us in Action!

If you would like to learn more about the Bridgetown curriculum or to see it in action, please come along to one of our open days, or of course, make an appointment to see your child's class teacher. Details will be published in newsletters and on the home page of our website. To see more in relation to specific year groups, visit the year group pages in the 'our learning' section of our website.

 

 

You can find out about English, maths and science at Bridgetown in more detail via the links below:

English at Bridgetown

Maths at Bridgetown

Science at Bridgetown

 

The Bridgetown Curriculum

Phonics at Bridgetown

What is phonics?

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.

Reading at Bridgetown

 

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.

 

Mathematics at Bridgetown

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.

Calculations Policy (How we teach children to calculate)

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