The School Curriculum offers a broad, balanced and creative learning experience with depth for all our children. The curriculum promotes children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and is underpinned by themes that encourage pupils to consider ‘big ideas’ or philosophical questions. The planning is also driven by the three BPS ‘drivers’: initiative, growth and community, which have been identified as specific focus points for the school. The overall themes are linked to historical, global and ethical issues, equipping our children with the skills needed to keep pace with our rapidly changing world and the opportunities and challenges that face them in the 21st century.
Curriculum themes are planned by teams of teachers and provide challenge for all children alongside opportunities for individuals to develop their full potential. Children are provided with imaginative first hand learning experiences throughout the curriculum and much use is made of our varied outdoor environment.
Children develop a depth to their learning through careful whole school planning which ensures that there is exposure to the same learning points as the children progress through the school.
Each theme begins with a ‘Super Start’; a day which engages the children from the beginning, encouraging them to pose questions and fully explore the topic. Halfway through the topic is a ‘Marvellous Middle’ where parents are invited into school to assist with Art or Design and Technology days. The theme concludes with a ‘Fabulous Finish’ where the children celebrate their learning and make sure it is fully embedded. This may take the form of a play script which is then performed, a song that has been written or a piece of written work that has been ‘published’.
Through the exploration of themes, children’s natural curiosity is brought to life, embedding a joy and commitment to learning that will last a lifetime whilst developing essential:
• Skills to become independent learners
• Lively, enquiring minds
• Values, qualities, attitudes and respect of other people, their views and opinions
The curriculum reflects the values in our society that promote personal development, equality of opportunity, economic wellbeing, a healthy and just democracy and a sustainable future.
Whole school Theme Days are held over the year, linked to areas of the curriculum including Science, Art and Maths. These and the wider curriculum are further enhanced and enriched through the involvement of outside professional speakers, the Church and a wide range of trips and visitors.