A curriculum which inspires…
At Brabourne Primary School, we aim to engage the children in a stimulating and ambitious curriculum; allowing them to acquire and embed the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop into well rounded, fully informed citizens and resilient life-long learners. Our curriculum is the launch-pad to reach this goal; creating a festival of cultures and experiences, within a meaningful context, for the children during their time at the school.
Our curriculum aims to:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to a broad, balanced curriculum for excellence based on the National Curriculum.
- Ensure quality curriculum content of each subject is sequential and builds on prior learning.
- Be relevant to each child in the school, regardless of their age, gender, individual circumstances or academic ability.
- Has some fluidity, to ensure that children with additional needs may access the curriculum in different, and often very practical ways, whilst also ensuring that those children who attain ‘greater depth’ standards are challenged, inspired and have a thirst for knowledge.
We believe that Literacy, Science and Mathematics are fundamental cornerstones for our children’s learning and development, but the foundation subjects such as Art, History and Geography are just as important to a child’s understanding of the wider world and their place in it. We believe the Foundation Subjects enrich and further the knowledge and progression of every child. Our curriculum is designed to be exciting, inspiring and ambitious-providing appropriate challenge and enrichment as children move through the school.
We recognise that every child is unique. Our aim is to provide our pupils with a wealth of opportunities to allow them to grow into compassionate, confident, informed citizens who flourish.
The use of theme weeks, topic days, school trips, outside speakers, outdoor learning, as well as interesting and varied teaching approaches, enable staff to implement this vision. These enriching experiences provide the children with plenty of opportunities throughout the year, to develop, enhance and embed their skills and knowledge. The weekly/termly timetable is flexible, allowing teachers to derive lessons which are steered by a particular interest or line of enquiry, ensuring that the children’s understanding has been given every opportunity to develop as far as it can, for each and every child.
Staff meet annually to evaluate our curriculum. During this meeting, staff determine where to timetable activities which enrich our curriculum, including: theme days, visits, visitors, theme weeks, trips and outdoor learning. Subject leaders (with the Head teacher) review any evidence from the classroom, such as the Curriculum Skills books, and compare this against the school’s own progression documents and the National Curriculum, to ensure progression of skills and knowledge across the curriculum.
A variety of learning styles are utilised to ensure our curriculum provides opportunities for all children to actively engage with, and embed, their new-found skills. Staff are able to block subjects over a day or a week, rather than a more traditional weekly approach. Thus, the children’s enthusiasm and knowledge can be captured and retained.
Regular revision of the school’s planning ensures that our curriculum remains up to date, progresses skills onwards rather than revising them, keeps the learning interesting and remains in line with our intent above.
In addition, we are part of the CARE Foundation Trust group of 10 schools; a strong collaboration of schools who support each other and share best practice. We are a learning community who share resources, training and experiences for both staff and children. Some of the joint events enjoyed by our pupils have been:
Annual Carol Concert in aid of the NSPCC
Eco conference with the Mayor of Ashford
The Challenger Games
Joint science workshops
O2 Young Voices Concert
Our engaging curriculum is evident around the school and in everything the children do. It is evident in the high standards and results that our children achieve in the core subjects of English and Maths and in the wide variety of quality learning opportunities across the curriculum. There are many varied opportunities for our children to represent the school, as an individual or part of a team, through sport, music, cultural and spiritual events. Our pupils seize these opportunities with enthusiasm and confidence and are excellent ambassadors for our school.
The impact of our curriculum is evident in the engagement and high standards of behaviour of pupils in lessons and around the school. In our books, you will see children expressing their learning articulately; observational drawings or 3-D sculptures, writing based on notable locations or events from History, scientific understanding highlighted through multiple mediums.
As a staff, and governing body, we regularly assess the impact of our curriculum against strands of the Ofsted framework (Quality of Education, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development and Leadership and Management) as well as the SIAMS Framework (Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills, Hope and Aspiration, Community and Living Well Together, Dignity and Respect).
Our pupils are confident, successful and have high levels of behaviour for learning. They are proud of their work and knowledge, and of their school, and love to take on responsibility. Whether showing visitors around the school, caring for younger children or organising charity events, visitors to the school comment on how well behaved, responsible and welcoming the children are and what good Citizenship they display. Their efforts are recognised and celebrated which, in turn, encourages our pupils to want to achieve even more.