The curriculum includes the subjects which children study, how the subjects are taught, whether they are taught as a discreet subject or integrated with other subjects, how they relate to each other and lastly, how teachers organise children’s learning over the whole school year. We aim to provide a motivating, relevant and progressive curriculum that equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to learn about the world they live in and prepare them for their future lives.
Curriculum for the Foundation Stage
In the Nursery and Reception classes the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This is organised into seven areas of learning, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning:
- personal, social and emotional development
- communication and language
- physical development
- literacy development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
- mathematical development
Key stage 1 and 2 curriculum
Our curriculum is based on termly overarching themes which form a focus for learning. Autumn term has a History theme - Time Travellers, the highlight of which is when we turn the school into a museum and invite families to visit the ‘galleries’. Spring term’s these is entitled ‘Healthy mind, body and spirit. The summer theme is ‘Nature Detectives’.
All children have a daily English lesson which will comprise one or more of these elements; Reading, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Phonics, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Handwriting, Speaking and Listening. Each English theme lasts between 2-4 weeks and has a writing outcome.
All children have a daily Mathematics lesson. Teachers teach to the Calculations policy to ensure consistency across the school, this is then applied to all other aspects of the Maths Curriculum.
RE has a high profile within the curriculum and forms between 5-10% of weekly lessons. Monitoring of planning and lesson observations show that the needs of all learners are met. RE is considered a core subject at BJR and has a place on each class’ expectations’ board. The subject is monitored in line with other core subjects - learning walks, book scrutinies, data drops, and reviews. Staff training in RE occurs at least once per term and teachers report progress and attainment in RE to parents in a similar way to other core subjects.
We aim to develop scientific skills, promote scientific knowledge and encourage an enquiring mind in all children. Our science curriculum provides the necessary range and depth of experiences to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure that there is a progressive development of skills as children move through the school. We give pupils opportunities to investigate science by developing their own questions and scientific investigations and to experience Science first hand through visits to the local area and wider afield. Each summer term, science is celebrated during a Science week.
Computing happens in the classroom at BJR. Our excellent WIFI network and bank of 30 CHROMEBOOKS means that each child has many opportunities in the week to learn about computing and to use technology to enhance learning across the curriculum. Children are taught a ‘COMPUTING’ lesson each week by our Specialist Higher Level Teaching Assistant who uses innovative ways to deliver the National Curriculum including coding, esafety and collaborative learning. The CHROMEBOOKS are also available everyday fort teachers to use to enhance lessons such as Phonics, Science and Topic work.
Art & Design
Art and design form part of early intellectual development, stimulating pupils’ creativity and imagination. At BJR we develop experience and expertise in skills for drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D, clay work and textiles.
In History, we offer children opportunities to think about the past and how it differs from the present. We aim to provide a stimulating history environment, using artefacts, pictures, photographs, written documents, local and national museums and eye-witness accounts to enhance the children’s understanding.
Geography encourages the pupils to consider the qualities of the natural and man-made world. Pupils learn about places, people and the environment around the world, our mutual dependence, and the need to conserve and protect our resources.