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Curriculum

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. 

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 they will encounter in 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. 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.

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.  Speaking and listening skills enable children to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and lays the foundation for lifelong learning and work.

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). We also promote use of other reading material to expose them to a wide variety of high-quality literature, giving them the opportunity to find, select, summarise and link information from a variety of sources.

In the early stages, written language begins with drawing - this is a simple way for children to communicate and their storytelling 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, by hand or word processing. 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

We offer a high-quality mathematics education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and to find a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Mathematics equips pupils with the skills needed to interpret and analyse information and simplify and solve problems. 

We plan a curriculum for mathematics which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems 

The units developed throughout their primary education are:

  • Number and place value
  • Calculation
  • Fractions, decimal and percentages
  • Ratio, proportion and algebra
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Throughout every year, we offer a wide range of enrichment activities to ensure the mathematics learnt is meaningful and enjoyable. 

Science

Our Science curriculum is designed to provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and it is vital that all pupils learn about the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up foundational knowledge and concepts, we encourage our pupils to recognise the power of explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We also encourage them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with scientific knowledge that allows them to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Every year, we aim to offer enrichment activities to support our Science curriculum and make cross-curricular links to other subjects, particularly through Science Week, which is thoroughly enjoyed. 

History and Geography

We teach a comprehensive range of History and Geography. Our curriculum 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 and making learning more active, meaningful, interesting and fun. 

Music

Children love to learn with music, through clap/drum rhythms, singing or instrumental play. As well as learning music in the classrooms, we offer 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 Technology

In Art and DT, 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. As part of their work in DT, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Computing

Our pupils 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.  We have 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 media. Children will also be involved in using cameras and interactive whiteboards.

The school has invested in excellent IT facilities. There is an interactive whiteboard in each classroom and a computer suite. Children have lessons both in learning specific computing skills and using technology 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.

Physical Education

Our PE curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in ways which support their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Children will also have many opportunities to participate in swimming lessons, cycling proficiency, specialist coaching from external professionals and compete in competitions with neighbouring schools. 

Religious Education

The aim of our RE curriculum 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 RE 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. Throughout our primary curriculum, children will learned about Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism, humanism and other world views. 

Relationships and Health Education 

We plan our curriculum so that RHE offers pupils a carefully planned programme on human development, relationships, mental health, wellbeing, emotions and family life within a safe, comfortable atmosphere.

Through our RHE curriculum, we aim to encourage pupils:

  • To have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others
  • To understand about the range of relationships, including the importance of family for the care and support of children
  • To develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships
  • To understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within relationships
  • To be able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work
  • To be prepared for puberty
  • To be able to recognise unsafe situations and be able to protect themselves and ask for help and support

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 the scheme of work, Rigolo, children will develop French literacy and language skills.