Our Curriculum

The Broadstone Hall School Curriculum 2020-21

Due to the closure of school to all pupils, (apart from the children of key workers in March 2020) and then the partial reopening of schools in June, many pupils will not have been in school for 5 months by September 2020. It is highly likely therefore, that the majority of pupils will have significant gaps in their learning due to this enforced absence.

At Broadstone Hall Primary School, we will be following the Dfe advice to focus on plugging these gaps in learning as a priorty for at least the first term of this academic year.

           We will aim to teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the autumn term, but make use of existing flexibilities to create time to cover the most important missed content in; phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics.
           In particular we will consider how all subjects can contribute to the filling of gaps in core knowledge through an emphasis on reading. 
          Substantial modification to the curriculum may be needed at the start of the year and teaching time will be prioritised to address significant gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills, but there will be an expectation that we will return to the school’s normal curriculum content by summer term 2021
         This means that, after an initial period of formative assessment, the learning journey of pupils may look very different to start with this year, as those who require catch up and gap filling lessons recieve the teaching of missed content that is required.
          We are also very mindful that many pupils may be worried or anxious at the thought of returning to school so a whole school project on pupil well-being will take place over the first two or three weeks. This will be based on a book by Oliver Jeffers called 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth'. The unit of work has been specifically written to help support children from EYFS to Y6 to re-engage with each other and re-connect with school life in light of the events of 2020.

Our Core Learning Values

At Broadstone Hall Primary School, we teach our children to be independent, resilient, co-operative and confident learners.

  • Independent learners:  encourage children to have a curiosity for learning and to be self-motivated learners
  • Resilient learners: able to keep going if they become stuck, learn and use different strategies when problem solving and edit and evaluate their work in order to improve it
  • Co-operative learners: able to work together to share thoughts, solve problems and develop new ideas
  • Confident learners: able to try out new ideas, problems and concepts without fear of failure

These values weave through our curriculum and form part of our everyday classroom practice.

We expect our children to be responsible for their learning and be caring, respectful and co-operative at school so that they can become curious learners with the necessary fluency in reading writing and maths, to allow them to access all subjects in the curriculum.

Our Curriculum

At Broadstone Hall Primary School, we believe that all children have a right to be educated in a school where they feel safe, happy and secure and where everyone shares high expectations for their attendance, behaviour, attainment and achievement.

Learning should be enjoyable, have purpose and be relevant in the 21st century. Pupils should have opportunities to develop important social skills and educational knowledge in a positive and stimulating learning environment, in order to reach their individual potential.

This is achieved through our school curriculum, which is based on the 2014 National Curriculum Statutory Requirements from the Department of Education, but is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and the opportunities that our setting presents. Where children are working significantly below age related expectations, a bespoke curriculum is created for them to help them reach their own potential.

When they enter the school, we aim to ensure that children are educated according to their interest, needs and current stage of development. They will learn the essential social, emotional, physical and language skills necessary, to function successfully in school.

As the children move up the school, learning will develop by focusing on core skills from the National Curriculum (speaking and listening, reading, writing, maths, science) and wider thematic topics that are tailored specifically to meet the needs of our children and encourage a curiosity for learning.

Topics (and specific subject content) are taught through organised sequences of lessons, which develop the children’s language, vocabulary, knowledge, skills and understanding and in every year group, children are offered age appropriate curriculum challenges.

Learning is therefore purposeful, engaging and challenging and provides opportunities for the children to develop our core learning values in all Key Stages.

Children will also learn an awareness and respect for the rights, beliefs and values of others in their school, their local area and in the global community.

When our children leave school at the end of Y6, they will take with them the skills set that our core learning values help to develop and the social values that our school motto promotes, in order for them be successful in secondary education and beyond

The Aims of the National Curriculum

The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. We are also mindful to take opportunities each year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. For example, last year we took time to explore the ideas, meaning and concepts behind the 100 year anniversary of the WW1 Armistice and the foundation of the RAF, as well as the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death .

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop purposeful and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. The  National Curriculum is split into 11 subjects, which are as follows

Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science

Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Computing, Design and Technology, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education and Languages (Key Stage 2 only)

Along with R.E, these subjects make up our 2019 School Curriculum

In each year group, the pupils study three topics a year, which have a geographic, historic or scientific basis where the core skills of speaking and listening, reading, writing and maths are also developed. In these topics, subjects are brought together to create strong and meaningful links where possible, to make engaging and memorable learning experiences. These topics are briefly described in the long-term plans for each year group.

Long-term plans for each year group for 2019-20 can be found on the school website’s curriculum page.

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