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CURRICULUM INTENT

(Tweaked from Sept 2021, as a result of Covid-19)


Success for all…. Because every child is a star!

 

At Brighton Avenue Primary School, we truly believe every child is a “unique” star and therefore our whole school purpose is to make our stars shine!  We recognise and value the uniqueness of every child and as a result, we constantly adapt our curriculum to meet the needs and interests of ‘all’ children.

 

Whilst a huge emphasis is placed on children learning the core skills of English and Maths to a high standard, we are totally committed to developing the ‘whole child’ and therefore provide a wide, engaging and purposeful programme of study for ‘ALL’ children.

 

Our enquiry-based curriculum, where there are no limits to learning and there is a clear development of skills and knowledge, is how we see ‘our’ children learn best. Our children tell us they learn best through opportunities, which inspire curiosity, working collaboratively to problem solve, whilst being active. 

 

As many of our children live in properties with no outdoor space, the emotional and mental well- being of our children has been and will continue to be a huge priority for us.  A huge emphasis is placed on outdoor learning. Therefore, providing a good balance of PE and outdoor learning (through our Forest School) is a priority. We truly believe our forest school programme develops confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a natural, outdoor setting, helping our children develop socially, spiritually, physically and intellectually. Our approach means that our children constantly expand on their abilities to solve problems and build resilience.  We are very proud of our children’s physical literacy and their sporting achievements. Children are actively encouraged to participate in after school clubs, lunchtime activities and half- termly whole school circuits.

 

Our extensive range of educational visits and visitors into school, which are heavily subsidised by pupil premium funding, ensure our children gain a deep understanding of the community and the wider world so they can develop and experience cultural capital (first hand), whilst building character education. We strive to improve the life chances of our children by setting high expectations and providing an enjoyable curriculum, which provides exceptional learning opportunities and therefore, a great emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) opportunities are high priority.

 

Given the very diverse backgrounds and varying home experiences from which our children originate, we take ‘our’ responsibility to prepare our children for life in modern Britain very seriously to ensure the fundamental British Values are embedded and exist through the work and ethos of our school.

 

Music is also an integral part of life at Brighton Avenue Primary School as we understand and value the benefits and enrichment music brings to both the life of a child and to the school. Because of Covid-19, and the impossible task of teaching music to all children remotely, we have given extra priority to music across school this year.

 

The key principles behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:

 

    • Be confident, independent and resilient; displaying a thirst for learning
  • Raise the emotional well-being of every child, providing opportunities to learn outdoors
    • Be kind; showing empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity
    • Achieve academically across the entire curriculum, meeting at least the national expectation by the end of their primary education
    • Be culturally knowledgeable about our country and our world
    • Have aspirations for the future and know that these are achievable through hard work and determination
    • Be well prepared for the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.
  • Ultimately, we want all of our children, to be the best they can be, by making a positive contribution to the world in which they live in.

 

We are proud to be part of our local community and we use the local environment, where possible, to develop our children’s understanding of locality, cultural diversity and local history. We work closely with members of our community to support us with this. We value the relationships that we have with our parents and carers and host curriculum workshops and ‘Stay and Learn Days.’ Our curriculum workshops are ‘Stay and learn Days’ are designed to allow our parents and carers to participate in their children’s learning and the children enjoy sharing their learning and working alongside their families.

 

 

 

Curriculum Implementation

 

Our Curriculum comprises of the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science, along with the foundation subjects: Art, Craft and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Spanish (KS2), Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education.

Skills and knowledge are taught discreetly in subject areas so that our children gain a broad understanding of each subject and know exactly which subject they are studying. However, the curriculum is designed to embed transferable skills throughout, without weakening essential skills based learning.

Our classroom environments are organised so independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning opportunities are developed. The school provides a highly inclusive environment, where all learners enjoy their education (Pupil Voice) and, from their starting points, make outstanding progress in most subjects and areas of learning.

 

Through real life experiences and educational visits for all of our children, we enrich the knowledge and understanding that has taken place in school. We provide experiences that may not be possible for the children to have outside of our school such as the outdoor residential trip (provided at a very low subsidised cost), taking a trip to the seaside and visiting  

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Our curriculum fosters a love of reading whereby children use reading to discover more about the world past and present. Our children develop their knowledge of reading in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. This is taught through English, comprehension and foundation subject lessons. Children are encouraged use reading to seek out more information and lead their own learning.

 

Vocabulary is given high profile from EYFS onwards. Through a vocabulary rich environment, children are encouraged to develop their vocabulary choices which allows them to develop key concepts across different curriculum areas. Children’s responses to learning is evident throughout our learning environment and we use look learning questions at the start of every lesson. Communicating using subject specific vocabulary is a key concept that runs throughout all year groups which is built upon from previous knowledge.

 

 

At Brighton Avenue Primary School, we also recognise the importance of feedback, both adult and peer, as an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle, and aim to maximise the effectiveness of its use in practice.

 

Children of all abilities are supported to achieve their potential.  Where needed, they are given targeted support to consolidate, embed or extend skills, to best suit their individual needs. Those, who are more-able, and working at a greater depth, are given opportunities  to master a skill and apply this to different contexts.

 

At Brighton Avenue Primary School, we believe that our children are the most important people and we endeavour to give ALL children lots of opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions and play an active role in the decisions that affect their learning and well-being. Our children can do this formally, such as through the School Council, or through Pupil Voice which is conducted termly, by each subject leader, as an essential technique of listening to the views of children.

Pupil Voice involves all of our children in the decision-making of how a subject is taught and how our curriculum is structured.  With the opportunity to feedback on the learning, make additional links with our community and suggest possible visits or visitors into school, we believe pupil voice allows each child to contribute to decisions that affect their well-being.

 

IMPACT

The impact can be seen in the sustained achievement and progress of pupils at the end of each key stage over a number of years.  Children are engaged, inspired and motivated to be the best that they can be. They deepen their knowledge and skills over time and develop the learning dispositions needed be successful and confident individuals. Children leave Brighton Avenue Primary School well prepared for the next stage of their education.

 

Our enquiry based curriculum is planned with clear learning questions. We base these upon the teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child, striving to ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to each child’s level of ability. Our lesson plans make clear the expected outcomes for each lesson. We make a note of those individual children who do not achieve at the expected level for the lesson, and we use this information when planning for the next lesson. We also keep this information as a record of the progress made by the class.

 

Day‐to‐day, on-going assessment is a crucial method of assessment which provides instant feedback to the teacher and ensures progress within every lesson. AFL strategies are used in all lessons. These strategies provide a clear picture of a child’s level of understanding and, ensure that teachers can quickly assess when a child does not understand and needs greater support. Questioning plays a key part of this.  Children complete summative assessments twice per year to show progression.

Our curriculum is highly inclusive and promotes a positive attitude to learning.  Additional support and interventions are provided for children as necessary and in line with our SEND policy. Progress is assessed regularly. In cases where children are identified as making ‘slow progress’ in English or Maths, rapid interventions are put in place to address gaps in learning.

 

Governors monitor our curriculum through our termly Governor Challenge days.  They also take part in termly learning walks, where they get the chance to meet with school staff and children, experiencing a typical day in our school, seeing first-hand what the quality of teaching and learning is like and how amazing our children’s behaviour is.

 

What do our children say?

“Our school is the best school in the universe!” (O Y1)

“My favourite trip was to Robinwood.  I would give it a mark of 1,000,000 out of 100” (J Y6)

“The teachers in our school are so cool.  They always help and they always listen.” (C Y2)

“I felt so proud when I got a purple star.” (A Y6)

“I love writing.  My Mam can’t believe how much progress I have made.  She was shocked when she looked at my books!” (I Y5)

“I thought the author Guy Bass was so funny.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  I asked him to sign my book.  I will keep this book forever.” (J Y4)

“My handwriting is getting better and better every day.  I got my pen licence today!” (KL Y4)

“I love Wild Wednesdays.  I can even put my wellies on all by myself.” (AA Rec)

“Mrs Tough, Mrs Tough… I’ve put my coat on all by myself!” (K Nursery)

“I love how we now have an OLQ (Our learning question) at the start of the lesson.  We have to find the answer to the question ourselves.  The Teacher does not tell us!” (D Y3)

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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.

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