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Curriculum Statement

Our Curriculum 

At Bevois Town Primary School we believe great learning opens doors and expands horizons. A love of learning is the greatest gift a school can bestow and should help all its children become the very best that they can be; developing a thirst for knowledge and building learning habits of mind that will last them a lifetime!

 

Our Curriculum Adventure so far…

In preparation for the introduction of the New National Curriculum in September 2014, we invited all stakeholders to review our current curriculum and identify aspects of provision/practice they felt had proved particularly significant in securing positive outcomes for our learners. We also returned to our vision of a 21st Century Bevois Town Learner and thought about how we could use the potential opportunities a new curriculum presented to ensure the best possible progress for all learners so no child is left behind. We were mindful of the need to phase in key curriculum content over a two year period ensuring older children would not miss out on curricular knowledge and skills planned for younger children which were not requirements of the old national curriculum.

 

The design of our curriculum and the impact it has on our learners is a key tool in driving school improvement and raising standards. We therefore recognise the need to regularly review our curriculum to ensure it not only meets the legal requirements set out in the national curriculum but that, crucially, it is responsive to the needs and interests of all our current learners; preparing them for the opportunities and challenges of life in the 21st century.

 

Two years on, we have evaluated our provision, re-mapped our National Curriculum coverage and overhauled our long term overview to ensure that as new leaders and staff contribute their expertise and we learn from our experiences, our curriculum evolves and our learners are constantly challenged and supported to achieve our shared vision… to believe, be brave and be brilliant…to be our best!.

 

How learning is organised at Bevois Town

  • Learning is organised into cross-curricular themes or topics to utilise the natural links between different subjects and ensure a coherent experience for our children (see Whole School Curriculum Overview).  Where meaningful links cannot be made, learning is taught in subject-specific blocks.
  • National Curriculum coverage is clearly mapped within and across topics to ensure all pupils have access to their legal entitlement - a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Depending on their age and stage of learning each theme or topic may extend from a few weeks (Year R) to spanning a term or more (Year 6)
  • All year groups produce an illustrated newsletter for parents outlining, for each topic, some of the key highlights and explaining the ‘big idea’ at the heart of the topic. This will be accompanied by suggestions of how parents/carers can support their child’s learning at home to deepen their understanding.
  • For each topic, Teachers produce a Medium Term Overview which maps out the ‘flow of learning’ week by week through a series of key questions. These are designed to ignite children’s curiosity and promote enquiry-led learning. The Medium Term Overview indicates where and when learning in different subject areas will be addressed and the key learning outcomes that will be used to assess achievement and inform subsequent learning provision.
  • In English, Teachers and Phase Leaders produce a Medium Term Plan which outlines the ‘hook’, skills, key subject specific vocabulary and how the skills taught will be applied to produce outcomes with a clear purpose and audience which will be used to assess achievement and inform subsequent learning provision.
  • For Maths we have adopted the White Rose Maths Hub’s Mastery Term by Term plans and more detailed termly Schemes of Learning.
  • Teachers also produce Short Term plans for English, Maths and their current Topic which maps out the learning journey in more detail; session by session and shows how learning will be taught, resourced and assessed to ensure all groups of learners progress well from their different starting points.
  • To support the teaching, learning and assessment of a Modern Foreign Language we are trialling the Catherine Cheater Scheme of Work for Spanish.

 

The national curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects. To access the national curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2, click on the link below:

National Curriculum: Primary

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Bevois Town Primary School's curriculum, please contact Mrs Young (Deputy Headteacher) on 02380 221467 or info@bevoistown.co.uk

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