The Broadstone Hall School Curriculum 2018-19
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 high expectations for their attendance, behaviour, attainment and achievement are shared by all stakeholders.
Learning should be enjoyable, have purpose and be relevant in the 21st century. Pupils should have opportunities to develop their aptitude, interests and ability in a positive and stimulating learning environment.
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. Learning is therefore engaging, purposeful, challenging and creative and encourages pupils to be independent and collaborative, but also able to use basic skills with confidence.
We believe that through this curriculum, children should be taught an awareness and respect for the rights, beliefs and values of others in their school, their local area and in the global community so that they can make a positive contribution to society.
We ensure that the views of the pupils, about what they do and how they learn, are taken into consideration. Pupils will therefore leave the school with a wide range of skills and a collection of memorable learning experiences from our local area 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, this year we have taken time to explore the ideas, meaning and concepts behind the 100 year anniversary of the WW1 Armistice.
The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting 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 2018 School Curriculum
In each year group, the pupils study three topics a year which have a geographic, historic or scientific basis. 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 are currently under review and revisied versions will be in place by September 2019.
We use the Numicon programme.
Numicon is a curriculum proof, multi-sensory approach, built on a proven pedagogy that raises achievement across all ability levels.
With problem-solving, reasoning and conversation at its heart, Numicon perfectly embodies the aims of the Primary National Curriculum 2014 for mathematics:
- Develops fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall.
- Helps children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.
- Develops children into confident problem-solvers.
Reading and phonics schemes
SERI (Stockport Early Reading Intervention) is an individual reading intervention programme delivered by trained teaching assistants and overseen by the KS1 Reading Co-ordinator.
The SERI programme consists of a 20 minute reading or writing lesson four times a week for approximately 10 weeks, with work taken home after each lesson. Prior to commencing the programme, a detailed assessment of the child’s reading and writing takes place, this ensures individualised learning tailored to each child’s needs.
The SERI programme is highly effective, with many children increasing their reading age by up to 2 years in a short period of time and significantly increasing phonic and writing skills.
We also use the ‘Letters and sounds’ scheme and use some resources from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme.
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
Reading at Broadstone Hall Primary School
At BHPS we recognise that extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to a child’s educational achievements. We aim to develop an environment which engages and motivates our children to read widely and often, for their own pleasure and enjoyment.
Reading is focussed on the two dimensions of reading:
- Word reading
The complexity of reading also includes the development of syntax, grammar and meaning. We aim to develop word reading through a structured approach to phonics (Letters and Sounds) which develops the speed and accuracy of the pronunciation of words (decoding).
We aim to develop comprehension in reading through a wide range of texts eg. stories, non-fiction, newspapers, poems. The teaching of vocabulary and comprehension is developed through discussions and questioning with an adult in whole class, guided and individual reading sessions. The texts the children experience in these sessions will be at a higher level than their home reading book.
Reading colour-banded books
Our school has an extensive range of books for the children to read, both in school and at home. The books are colour-banded and are progressive in the development of phonic skills and age appropriate content and vocabulary. Our books introduce the children to a wide variety of different texts for both the teaching of reading in school and for reading at home. Home colour-banded reading books are at the correct level of difficulty for children to practise reading independently with confidence and understanding.
Our library provision is currently being reviewed to make it more effective. The children have access to a range of books in our school library. These books are suitable for children throughout the school, but are not colour-banded. Therefore, children can choose any book of interest to them and may need more support at home to access them. Reading these books aloud and discussing them with your child provides a great opportunity to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Every child has a personal library log-in. This enables them to physically access our library at school to borrow and return books, but also access our library catalogue from home by logging into the Junior Librarian website. Through the catalogue they are able to browse which books are available in the school library and reserve them for borrowing during their next school library session. They can also read book reviews about books in our library and write a review themselves for other to read.
The school also uses interventions to support children’s development of reading. These interventions are evidence based and are designed to help children catch-up to their peers. They are delivered by trained teaching assistants and are delivered one to one or in a small group.
PAT (Phonological Awareness Training) (KS1 & 2)
SERI (Stockport Early reading Intervention) (KS1 & 2)
RLP (Reception Literacy programme) (KS1)
BRP (Better Reading Programme) (KS1 & 2)
Sandy Holt, Assistant Headteacher