Curriculum

At Broughton Primary School we plan the curriculum to provide a meaningful and worthwhile education that will prepare our children for the experiences and responsibilities of Secondary education and later life.

We offer a well-balanced and broad based curriculum.  This education is not only academic, but includes cultural, social, spiritual and physical development and growth.

Please view our Curriculum Maps, which can be found in the Class Pages' tab across the top, for a more detailed break down of each year group's studies. If you would like additional information about the curriculum our school is following, feel free to ask your child's class teacher. 

The school has invested in excellent ICT facilities. There is an interactive whiteboard in each classroom and a computer suite. Children have lessons both in learning specific ICT Skills and using ICT to further their study of other subjects. The curriculum is further enhanced by a wide range of educational visits and visitors offering specialist knowledge and skills.

We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities where the children are given the opportunity to participate in choirs, act in productions and belong to various team games, dance and much more. Some of these opportunities are offered within school time and some are as part of an after school club. 

English

English is at the heart of children’s learning, it unlocks access to the wider curriculum.  Through language they receive much of their knowledge and acquire many of their skills.  Literacy and Language enables children to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and lays the foundation for lifelong learning and work.

Reading

Our aim is to make reading an enjoyable process where the children feel they have success and are highly motivated by the books they are given or choose to read.

Children will begin learning to read in Reception through a systematic synthetic phonics approach. This will primarily be delivered through our Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme. They will begin to read from Read, Write, Inc., Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat and Songbird phonics books. As they develop their confidence and sight reading abilites, they will access a range of more challenging Oxford Reading Tree, Storychest, fuzzbuzz and Project X reading books. We also have a variety of supplementary resources to support children who find reading more difficult, such as our Rapid Reader programme, Wolf Hill books and Freshstart Phonics. In time, all of our children progress to be a Free Reader.

It is important for children to be encouraged to read a whole range of different types of text in different media (for example: plays, poems, charts, maps, timetables, adverts, posters etc) as well as other reading material exposing them to a wide variety of excellent children’s literature, giving them the opportunity to find, select, summarise and link information from a variety of sources.

Writing
In the early stages written language begins with drawing, this is a simple way for children to communicate and their story telling ability will develop through discussing their pictures with the teacher.  The aim of written language is to help children to develop the necessary skills to be able to communicate through their own imagination, personal and functional writing, be it by hand or by word processing. Secretarial skills of handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught in a progressive way throughout the child’s seven years in school. Throughout Key Stage 1 the central Scheme of Work that we deliver is Read, Write, Inc. We believe this is a highly effective approach which enables the children to learn and understand the fundamental skills to reading and writing.

Mathematics

Mathematics in primary school is a very large subject area encompassing many areas of the curriculum.  It is used in everyday activities such as buying food and clothes, keeping time, and playing games.  Mathematics equips children with the skills needed to interpret and analyse information and simplify and solve problems.  The mathematics experiences are structured into three main categories:

·         number, money and measure

·         information handling

·         shape, position and movement

Calculators and computers will be used where appropriate to enhance mathematical development at all stages. 

History / Geography

Broughton teaches a comprehensive range of History and Geography.  It provides a context for the children to learn about the world around them and develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary to interpret it. This context takes the form of a project theme for example WW2, Ancient Egyptians, The Fire of London and Maps. These incorporate many areas of the curriculum helping the project come alive for children, making learning more active, meaningful, interesting and fun. 

Music

Children love to learn with music, be it with clap/drum rhythms, singing or instrumental play. As well as learning music in the classrooms, Broughton School offers the children the opportunity to expand their musical skills with a number of Music Specialists including guitar, brass, drums, recorder and singing.

Art and Design

In Art and Design children work with a wide range of materials and are given the opportunity to explore and investigate different art techniques.  Children are taught to observe closely in detail and to express their own feelings, thoughts and ideas in everything from papier-mâché to clay to wire structures. Throughout the year a selection of specialists come into school for a day or two teaching all the children skills such as clay work, felt making, music workshops and many more.

Computing

Broughton children can develop their technological skills, knowledge and understanding through creative and practical activities helping to prepare them for secondary school and for the world of work.  Broughton has a fantastic computer suite, currently offering the children access to 30 PC computers for whole class teaching and for allowing the children to experience a variety of medias. Children will also be involved in using cameras and interactive whiteboards.

Religious Education (RE)

The aim of RE in Broughton is to develop respect and understanding for others, their stories, symbols, buildings, festivals, founders and beliefs thus creating an atmosphere which is free from racism and racist attitudes. In our Religious Education lessons, the children learn about the major religions of the world. They look at how religion affects the lives of believers and discover how it inspires people to make a difference.  Key Stage 1 study Christianity and Judaism and Key Stage 2 study Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Culture (SMSC)

PSHE lessons cover a wide range of learning and are designed to give the children the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.  The children are taught about how good it is to be them and how we are different. PSHE is taught directly as a lesson and indirectly in the day to day interactions between children and adults.

Modern Languages

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught French on a frequent basis throughout the year. This language is then continued when children transfer to secondary education. Through a wide range of learning activities and RIGOLO, children will develop French literacy and language skills.