Growing to Learn, Learning to Grow
At Broadwater Down Primary School, our aim is to provide a curriculum that inspires and motivates our pupils. We place great importance on pupils being active participants in their own learning and work together to ensure they become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
A copy of the National Curriculum for Primary Schools can be found here.
English, Maths and Science are very important and are considered the core subjects in both primary and secondary education. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week. Alongside these are the foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (age 7+ only), Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, the details in the curriculum are significantly briefer: as a school we now have much more flexibility regarding what we cover in these subjects.
The staff at Broadwater Down Primary School have spent a considerable amount of time re-writing and reviewing our thematic curriculum to be in line with the updated National Curriculum. Our thematic curriculum incorporates Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Science and English. Work in each class is planned around a series of termly topics, such as ‘The Groovy Greeks’, ‘A Right Royal Rumpus’ and ‘An Eye on London’, which are carefully planned to give children a deeper and more memorable learning experience. The topics for each year group can be found here.
‘Learning Logs’ support parents in engaging in their child’s topic learning. These are wide-ranging, home-learning activities that run alongside our classroom work, linking home and school learning. Learning Logs for each class can be accessed via the class teachers.
Alongside these topics, children gain knowledge and skills in Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Citizenship Education, Computing, Physical Education, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling and Mathematics discretely, but links are made to our thematic curriculum where appropriate.
To support children's reading, we use a number of reading schemes (Bugs Club, Songbirds, Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree and Read, write Inc Phonics) in order to give a balanced and interesting selection of books that embed a love of reading at an early age. Alongside this, we are lucky to have a well-stocked library with a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, children's newspapers and iPads on which children can read a selection of e-books.
In order to further support our children's development of early reading and writing, we use the Department for Education phonics scheme, 'Letters and Sounds' to deliver daily phonics lessons in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
We enhance our pupils’ learning through the use of our own outside areas and our local environment and community. Classes make use of our woodland area and extensive playing fields. They go on walks around the local community and make use of local facilities including the onsite children’s centre and local library. In addition to this, our curriculum is further enriched through day visits to places further afield such as Dover and London. We greatly value residential visits and make these available to pupils when they are in year 5 and 6.