A curriculum which inspires…
At Brabourne Primary school, we aim to engage the children in a stimulating and ambitious curriculum, to allow them to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop into well rounded and fully informed citizens. The broader curriculum is the launch-pad to reach this goal, creating a festival of cultures and experiences 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 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 should enrich and further the knowledge and progression of every child. Our curriculum is designed to be not just exciting, but also ambitious, providing appropriate challenge and enrichment as children move throughout the school.
We recognise that every child should have something they can be proud of and fantastic in. 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 such as the Mantle of the Expert, enable staff to implement this vision. These enriching experiences provide the children plenty of opportunity throughout the year, to develop their skills and knowledge. The weekly or even 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.
Each year, the staff will meet (at least twice) to evaluate their short term planning, MTP and the curriculum 2 year cycle. During this strategic meeting, staff will determine where to use theme days to enrich the curriculum further and they will ensure that all topics being taught are progressive and not a revision of the broader curriculum skills. During this meeting, subject leaders (with the Head teacher) will 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.
During these meetings, staff will have the opportunity to decide when (and how) to use different learning styles, such as the Mantle of the Expert, so that the Broader curriculum does not become predictable and repetitive. Teachers are able to take the opportunity 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.
It is believed that such as regular revision of the school’s planning will always ensure that the broader curriculum remains up to date, progressing skills onwards rather than a revising them, keeping the learning interesting and remaining in line with the mission statement 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 learning 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, musical, 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 the follow 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 and 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.
Curriculum Cycle YEAR A/B
|Jupiter Cycle A|
|Term 1 & 2||Term 3 & 4||Term 5 & 6|
|Topic Title||The World at War||Welcome to the Jungle||Storms and Shipwrecks
(Mantle of the expert)
|Science||Properties and changes of material||Light||Animals including humans 1||All living things 1||Forces 1|
|Jupiter Cycle B|
|Topic Title||Back to the Future (Mantle of the expert)||Natural Disasters||Healthy Humans|
|Science||Evolution and inheritance||Electricity||Forces||Earth and Space||All living things 2||Animals including humans 2|
|Neptune Cycle A|
|Topic Title||The Dark Ages||The Sands of Time (Mantle of the expert)||The Environment|
|Science||Sound||Light||Habitats 1||Electricity||Plants, roots and shoots||Seeds|
|Neptune Cycle B|
|Topic Title||Hard Times (Rivers and Coasts + WW1)||Between a rock and a hard place – inc local study the church||The Ancient World The Sands of Time (Mantle of the expert)|
|Science||Habitats 2||Forces and Magnets||Rocks and solids||States of matter||Animals and keeping Healthy||Animals inc humans and skeletons|
|Mars Cycle A|
|Topic Title||Space – To Infinity and Beyond
|An Island Life||The Seaside (Mantle of the expert)|
|Science||Light and dark||Animals including humans||Materials and their everyday use
|Mars Cycle B|
|Topic Title||Houses and homes (Mantle of the expert)||Once Upon a Time||Down in the Jungle|
|Materials and their properties||Animals, living things and their habitats||Plants|
|Marvellous Me||Once Upon a Time||Helpful Heroes||Wonderful World||Wonderful World||Under the Sea|
More detailed plans can be found in the termly newsletters sent to parents – these can also be found on each class page of this website.