The Broadstone Hall School Curriculum 2021-22
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.
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, in recent years we have taken the opportunity to explore the ideas, meaning and concepts behind the 100 year anniversary of the WW1 Armistice, the foundation of the RAF, and 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 2020 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 can be found on the school website’s curriculum page.
Post Lockdown Recovery Curriculum 21-22
As you will no doubt be aware, the Covid 19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the education of children nationally. The vast majority of children did not attend school from March until September 2020 and also during the second lockdown from January to March 2021. These two enforced periods away from school, (as well as isolation periods for classes with positive cases) have had a significant effect on school attendance and therefore the overall progress and attainment of children, not just at our school, but nationally.
The school made significant improvements to our online learning provision during the second lockdown period, which enabled the school to support the new requirements of remote learning and improve our curriculum offer for those children who had to stay at home.
The department for education set out a very clear agenda for the “Recovery Curriculum” in September 2021, stating that schools, “ may need to modify their curriculum substantially” and that “curriculum adjustments should be informed by an understanding of the critical content for progression in each subject as well as what pupils do and do not know.”
At BHPS we will put this into practice from September continuing to focus on “phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics” as well as the wider foundation curriculum, as directed by the Department for Education.
Therefore, our curriculum offer during 21-22 remains focused on the key areas of learning in order to help children catch up on the learning time missed in school. Over the course of the academic year, the children will be taught the full range of National Curriculum subjects and these will be used as a vehicle to promote the core skills of learning.
We are also mindful that the wellbeing and mental health of many children has been affected by both periods of school closure and we will continue them opportunities to discuss and explore their experiences in a non-threatening way through circle time and by acting on the outcomes of pupil voice surveys that will be completed early in September 2021.
We are hopeful that during this academic year, any further periods of disruption to education can be avoided and with the reduction in control measures, the children can benefit from the teaching of all curriculum subjects across 21-22. However, Broadstone Hall Primary School is fully prepared to implement its home learning offer, if required to do so in the future.