Curriculum, Teaching and Learning: Beliefs and Principles
At Bewick Bridge Community Primary School we aim for excellence by providing our children with a wide-ranging and high-quality education. Our aspiration is that pupils become highly literate and numerate students who engage with a broad and balanced range of subjects and interests and who fully involve themselves in the learning process.
It is our aim that Bewick Bridge Community Primary School pupils will
- Become independent and confident learners, who are excited by the challenge of learning and are able to sustain concentration and apply their knowledge and skills to new situations.
- Know that they have both rights and responsibilities and understand the contribution they can make to the life of themselves, others, the school and the wider community.
- Develop their own values alongside respect for the values of others, cultivating understanding and tolerance of other people and their views within our multicultural society.
- Learn how to work co-operatively with others, listen, discuss, debate, exchange and develop opinions in a positive and appropriate manner.
BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES
Underpinning teaching and learning at Bewick Bridge Community Primary School are a number of beliefs and principles about education, the curriculum, teaching and learning.
The curriculum should:
- be broad and balanced
- provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be successful in today’s changing world.
- equip pupils with essential literacy and numeracy skills
- develop enjoyment of and commitment to learning
- be aligned in terms of planning, teaching, learning and assessment
- encourage an understanding of pupils’ own and other cultural heritages
- develop pupils’ capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively
- provide pupils with opportunities to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to reflect on their learning
- promote equal opportunity, quality, continuity and cohesion across the whole school
- promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural well-being and development of all pupils
Helping children learn should be at the core of everything the curriculum does. Consistently good teaching that delivers and facilitates opportunities for effective learning, is the most essential ingredient of all.
THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes elements such as what is taught, how it is arranged into learning experiences, the teaching approaches used to deliver such experiences and how learning is assessed. It is the framework within which teaching and learning takes place.
In addition, it is what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
Bewick Bridge Community Primary School follows the Principles and Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) documents for our Reception Classes.
In Key Stages 1 and 2, Bewick Bridge Community Primary School follows the English National Curriculum, using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as a vehicle to deliver learning in Science and the majority of Foundation Subjects organised into thematic Units. P.E., R.E., and Modern Foreign Languages are taught as discrete subjects.
English and Mathematics
Every pupil will receive daily, high quality lessons in English and Mathematics aligned to the National Curriculum and tailored to the specific needs of each particular class. Each series of lessons will be carefully planned working towards end of unit expected outcomes, showing progression towards these on a day-to-day basis. To allow all pupils to learn most effectively, each daily lesson will be differentiated to ensure that all pupils are both supported and challenged.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The IPC is used to deliver the majority of the Foundation subjects, through thematic units. While every subject may not be studied in every Unit, the selection of units for each grade is mapped to ensure comprehensive coverage of the subjects and programmes of study they are entitled to. The school follows a two year cycle allowing flexibility for mixed age classes.
The IPC provides learning goals for every subject of the primary curriculum, which
- Help identify the knowledge, skills and understanding pupils should be learning
- Help focus on the most appropriate teaching strategies
- Help identify the best sort of assessment to use
- Help develop understanding of the particular nature of each subject
It also includes International and Personal Learning Goals, which reinforce and support pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
For further information about the teaching of IPC at Bewick Bridge Community Primary School, please see our IPC Subject Handbook and information on the school website.
Each pupil will receive between 60-100 minutes of P.E. a week to ensure they
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
In KS2, pupils will also receive up to approximately 40 hours of swimming instruction across the key stage.
Each pupil will receive the equivalent of 45-60 minutes of R.E. a week (5% of curriculum time in KS1 and 2), organised into 4 Units in Reception and 6 Units in KS1 and KS2. For KS1 and KS2, the school will follow a 2 year cycle, allowing flexibility for mixed year group classes.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Over the course of their four years in Key Stage 2, children will be expected to make good progress in the main language chosen, learning to
- ask and answer questions
- present ideas to an audience both in speaking and writing
- read a range of words, phrases and sentences
- write simple phrases, sentences and descriptions
- use appropriate intonation and pronunciation of the language (only for French or Spanish).
At Bewick Bridge Community Primary School, pupils in Key Stage 2 will receive the equivalent of 15-30 minutes a week of a modern foreign language.
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Parent Guide to the new Curriculum - A Parent's Guide to the New Curriculum, including a summary of major changes and coverage of each of the subjects.
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