We consider it important to embrace all the experiences of children in school when planning the Curriculum.
At Bringhurst we want our children to develop a love for reading. We will support them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence so they can make a difference in the world, and above all things, we want our children to be kind. Our curriculum helps us to achieve these aims.
We teach a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum which aims to inspire pupils and promote excellent outcomes for all. The curriculum content has been carefully chosen by our own subject experts and is organised in a coherent way, ensuring children can build on their knowledge from year to year. In this way, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations and schema from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific knowledge and skills over time.
Our curriculum also values talk, discussion and reflection. Children have time to think deeply and learn how to discuss their ideas and opinions as well as taking time to listen to and understand the ideas of others.
English underpins much of the primary curriculum and mastery of the basic areas allows full access to that curriculum. Our approach to the acquisition of language is clearly set out in the school’s English policy.
The school has adopted fully the National Literacy Framework and operates a daily literacy hour. The phonics scheme that is followed at Bringhurst Primary School is Read Write Inc.
We hope that children will develop a love of books, stories and reading that will equip them for the requirements of later life. They should develop the ability to read fluently and with understanding, to obtain information and pleasure from written materials critically evaluating their merit. Our approach to reading encompasses a variety of methods which include a phonic approach, word recognition and the use of context.
Children will be taught to use reference books for different purposes, about organising text and begin to consider the characteristics of different kinds of texts. Our children will be encouraged to take home books from school to further their enjoyment. We will also encourage parents to share reading at home with their children. Your child’s class teacher will be happy to advise on this.
Children should acquire the skill to communicate through written work by means of a wide range of activities, - factual, imaginative, critical, poetry, letter writing etc. They should appreciate the importance of good presentation and have high standards of handwriting, spelling and grammar.
Spelling is taught through phonics and whole word approaches. Older children will be expected to learn, on a weekly basis, spelling appropriate to their ability. A common handwriting scheme is used throughout the school.
Speaking and Listening
We place great emphasis on developing the speaking and listening skills of our pupils. Children should communicate clearly, fluently and efficiently, expressing their ideas to a widening range of circumstances and demands. Children should be able to listen, understand and respond to others.
We aim to develop in all children logical thinking and a love of numbers. We aim to provide them with specific and appropriate skills which they will use throughout their adult life.
Teaching and learning in mathematics is based on the National Numeracy framework. We also draw on a number of sources to support learning, including Ginn, Cambridge Education and Mathsphere; these are supplemented by the teacher’s own materials and a range of other published materials.
The children cover number, algebra, measures, shape, space and data handling. Mathematical skills and concepts have to be learned gradually and children must have a firm grasp of the basic concepts. By giving children opportunities to explore mathematics in a variety of ways we hope to equip them to apply their knowledge in the wider world. However, we realize the importance of being able to manipulate numbers both efficiently and accurately so children are encouraged to learn mathematical tables and use them.
The school operates a daily numeracy hour.
Children should develop the ability to observe carefully all they see, and to be curious about the environment around them. We provide opportunities relevant to the child’s everyday experiences with opportunities to question and develop their natural curiosity.
Children are encouraged to observe, explore, ask questions and find answers.
In the course of their primary school career children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the variety of life , processes of life, genetics and evolution, human influences on the earth, types and uses of materials, earth and atmosphere, forces, electricity and magnetism, sound, light and the earth in space.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)/Computing
Children will be introduced to a variety of ICT applications and will be given opportunities to use ICT in a range of concepts, increasingly within other curricular areas.
By the end of Key Stage 2 children will be taught to use ICT to organise and communicate ideas and information.
History and Geography
At present these subjects are taught through a combination of topic work and subject teaching, linking where possible with other areas of the curriculum. A number of approaches are used, including first hand experience, the study of materials and artifacts and class teaching. Schemes of work in these areas are regularly reviewed to provide a fully integrated creative curriculum.
We aim to give children an art education based on close observation in order to develop the full potential of each individual. Expression through art is important and the teaching of basic skills is integrated into our art curriculum. We encourage children to express their own feelings and to appreciate the creative expression of others. Children are introduced to a variety of techniques and media. They are given the opportunity to develop aesthetic awareness, appreciation and to satisfy their natural urge to be creative.
We aim to promote an appreciation of many different types of music, to develop listening skills and encourage children to perform and compose their own work. Children develop musical and technical skills through a variety of musical activities, including music activities integrated into other areas of the curriculum.
Music is delivered on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Music enrichment and extension activities are provided through specialist music lessons, involvement in music challenges, music clubs (school choir), and opportunities to work with music experts. Pupils with particular interest in music are given the opportunity to extend their skills through additional music tuition. Weekly musical assemblies promote the children’s singing and appreciation of music.
Physical Education forms a relevant part of the curriculum as it is important for promoting the physical welfare of children.
Over their primary school career children will take part in gymnastics, games, dance, athletics, outdoor adventurous activities and swimming, An understanding of water safety and survival is an integral part of P.E. curriculum. P.E. activities take place both inside and outside the school grounds.
Design technology capability requires pupils to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding to design and make products. Design and Technology may often be integrated into other areas of the curriculum as well as being taught in a discrete subject.
For further information about the curriculum followed at Bringhurst Primary School please contact us.
Bringhurst British Values
The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain.
A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self-esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.
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