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 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.
Parent Guides to the National Curriculum
Please click on your child's year group below to find out more about how your child will be supported to learn through the National Curriculum.
(For further information please visit the Department for Education's website)
RE Education a
The vision for Religious Education in Kent schools via the Kent RE syllabus is:
-To teach about the historical and cultural roots of the United Kingdom and how they lie within Christianity. Since the arrival of St. Augustine to the present day, Kent remains central to the growth of Christianity. Today this continues to be reflected by Canterbury Cathedral being the centre of the worldwide Anglican Church.
-To explore how Kent has always been an important geographical gateway for the United Kingdom. This has created a richness and diversity of faith that results in a vibrant and dynamic community. Kent’s unique position also presents exciting opportunities for its citizens to explore faith and culture in the wider world community.
-To offer an active and creative response to this tradition and diversity in Kent. It seeks to develop in our young people, the skills and processes which will enable them to engage with their own world views and those of others.
The Kent Syllabus vision for high quality Religious Education in Kent is founded on:
· Exploring faith in action
· Reflecting upon ultimate questions
· Affirming and challenging one’s own beliefs and values
· Investigating the beliefs and practices of others
· Developing the skills, attitudes and processes of learning in Religious Education
Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE 2012 Statutory Document
REact aims to provide a high quality experience of Religious Education for all pupils in Kent by:
· Promoting personal respect for pupils’ own world views and those of others
· Deepening understanding of their own and other people’s beliefs and opinions
· Fostering an enquiring and open mind
· Encouraging the confidence to ask ultimate questions
· Developing the skills of listening, communicating and empathising