Access to all information related to our school curriculum, including long-term objectives, termly overviews, latest curriculum news and our ‘Outstanding Learners’ showcase.
A school curriculum is broad and comprises a lot of information. To best communicate this to you the information can be found in the following forms:
|1. Curriculum Introduction and Overview (on this page)|
|This top level information can be found on this page. It includes curriculum overview, along with phonics scheme and complaints procedure information, relevant for the whole school.|
|2. Subject Overviews (on this page)|
|Information outlining longer term objectives and plans for each subject.|
|3. Half-termly Parent Handbooks >|
|Curriculum Overviews are provided for each class at the beginning of each half-term. These are available on class pages as they are released and can also be found in the main news feed. They are intended to give parents specific information about the topics your child will be covering in class during the term and enable you as parents to continue to encourage and support your child’s learning.|
|4. Curriculum News >|
|These are curriculum news articles from daily life at Broadoak, with accompanying photos and videos, to give you an insight into the classroom, strengthen the home-school partnership and celebrate the work the children are producing. As with all news, the articles can be found in our main news feed and on specific year group pages. You can use the category links at the top of the articles to explore specific subjects in more detail. You can also browse specific subject via the links in the sidebar on this page.|
|5. Outstanding Learners Showcase >|
|A collection of great work from our pupils. It can also be accessed via the Main News menu.|
(Use the title links to access the different types of information)
About Our Curriculum
In providing for your children we are guided by the requirements of the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum.
The provision at Broadoak School takes account of a child’s development. We try to use methods and approaches that fit the needs of the learner based on an understanding of how people learn.
The curriculum gives children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of numeracy and literacy whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical, artistic, practical and social skills. We provide a broad and balanced education, allowing for the individual needs of each child to be met within well-planned learning experiences.
For effective learning children need to develop good social, emotional and behavioural skills. We work at developing children’s self awareness, and managing feelings, empathy, self motivation and social skills.
Parents and the Curriculum
Support and help from parents/carers is an essential ingredient in a child’s education. We value parents’/carers’ support and knowledge of their child. We also welcome help in school time for such things as educational visits, transport to sporting events, assisting children with their work etc.
It is our intention to maximise the use of all available facilities and resources including staff/parent expertise. We plan open days when parents/carers are invited to visit the school to share the activities experienced by the children. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the progression in the pupils work from Nursery to Year 6.
We look for high levels of achievement in every area of the curriculum but in particular we wish all children to establish a firm grasp of the basics of reading, writing and number work as we believe that these are a necessary foundation for developing life skills.
Our priorities are that the curriculum is seen as interrelated experiences that are relevant and teach life skills. We continue to review and refine the curriculum and our methods of delivery to ensure they remain appropriate in meeting the needs of the children.
There are two main ways in which we deliver the curriculum, one being the subject approach and the other the cross-curricular approach. The children at Broadoak School will experience both approaches as each has something valuable to contribute towards their education.
The subject approach, as it suggests, is the teaching of a particular subject for example, Maths, Science and English. Children will be taught the skills and knowledge of a particular subject and extend their conceptual levels accordingly.
The cross-curricular approach however teaches a number of subjects using a theme or topic as a central core. For example, a topic on Autumn may include some scientific investigations, various types of writing (English), mathematical surveys, collage (art), etc. The cross-curricular approach enables the teacher to provide a vehicle through which children can apply the skills and concepts gained from subject teaching. Furthermore, the children become aware of how to use, develop and extend the many skills they are gaining, they see a purpose and value in having those skills, and the topic usually produces an end result whereas subject teaching tends to be on-going.
To reinforce the understanding that skills and knowledge gained through subject teaching are the “tools” people use to solve problems, make discoveries, communicate with others etc., the children will be made aware of which type of skills they are using when undertaking topic work.
Children are encouraged to transfer and apply skills such as:
- Making connections – seeing relationships and combining in new ways.
- Taking risks – having the confidence and freedom to fail and keep trying.
- Analysing – asking challenging questions.
- Thinking – taking time for reflection.
- Interacting – sharing ideas.
- Exploring – trying out their own ideas.
We call this creativity.
Throughout your child’s schooling various teaching methods will be used such as the whole class approach, small group work and individual learning. Each has its place in a balanced and well developed curriculum. Activities undertaken as a whole class including such things as PE, Story Time, Music/Singing and certain elements of the core curriculum areas.
We believe that a key to knowing the strengths and weaknesses of individual children is Assessment for Learning and the use of evidence and conversation to identify needs. Children are involved in knowing and setting targets for improvement. A variety of intervention strategies are used to help the children to overcome any barriers to their learning.
Curriculum planning involves all members of the teaching staff to ensure there is progression and continuity in learning as your child passes through the school and all our planning processes give due regard to the requirements of the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
At Broadoak children have daily phonics sessions which follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Document, alongside the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme, to help deliver fun and multi-sensory lessons. Once the children have completed all of the Phases they then follow the ‘Support for Spelling’ program.
A variety of reading schemes (Rigby Star, PM books and Oxford Reading Tree) are used to ensure a broad range of books are encountered by the children. At least one guided reading session takes place each week and a different book is taken home for the children to share with their family.
Reading corners/areas are set up in every class to encourage the enjoyment of reading and a ‘library’ session is held every Thursday, at the end of the day, for parents and carers of Reception and Year 1 children to share some reading time together and take home other books.
English is a vital way of communicating. In studying English pupils develop speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Children learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.
Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, the economy, the environment, development and in public decision making. Mathematics can be creative. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time or suddenly sees hidden connections.
Science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about the world around them. The children from Nursery to Year 6 will be involved in scientific activities and investigations which will help them acquire scientific knowledge and understanding.
Computing prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world. At Broadoak we have a fully equipped computer suite. Children are introduced to computers, Bee-Bots, ipads and various forms of communication technologies in the Nursery and continue to use them through to year 6. Children study Computing as a subject in its own right and also through other curriculum areas.
History fires children’s imagination about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies were organised, and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions.
Children acquire the skills of the historian by examining real evidence from sources such as pictures, old photographs, newspaper cuttings, old maps, objects and buildings. Children also listen to adults talking about their past experiences.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As children study geography they encounter different societies and cultures, this helps them to realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is much more than just making models. At Broadoak all the children are involved in the complete design process, from initial ideas, plans and designs to construction, final evaluation and re-designing to make quality products. They are encouraged to work both independently and as part of a team in order to develop creative solutions to problems.
Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education develops children’s physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skillfulness, physical development and a knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for children to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. Through this process children discover their aptitudes, abilities and choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way children feel, think and act. It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
Art and Design
Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. Children use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich lives.
Religious Education (RE)
All children take part in an act of collective worship daily. This varies in format being led by the Head Teacher, members of staff and children at various times. Assemblies are based mainly on Christian teachings but will be non-denominational and will also reflect a wider multicultural tradition. R.E. is taught regularly and is based on the locally agreed syllabus.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from acts of collective worship and religious instruction and any wishing to do so should discuss the matter with the Head Teacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE and Citizenship enable children at Broadoak to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage the children to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school. In doing so we aim to develop their sense of self worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure they experience the process of democracy in school through class and school council meetings. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
We recognise that children learn in lots of ways and we are committed to providing a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum which gives every child the chance to excel both during and after school.
- The Head Teacher deals with all aspects of the school curriculum and is the first point of contact for any parent who has concerns about what is taught and learned in school.
- School rarely receive complaints about the curriculum, but all schools are required to set out a curriculum complaints procedure.
- If you contact us we will try to answer any questions you may have in an informal and helpful manner.
- If, the concerns cannot be resolved, then a formal complaint may be referred to the Governing Body and from there to the Local Education. Please refer to our Complaints Policy for more information on how to do this.
Still Want To Know More?
If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your teacher, or another member of staff.