With the introduction of the new primary curriculum in September 2014, we have worked hard to develop a curriculum which is dynamic, broad, balanced and innovative to ensure that the children enjoy a practical, fun and challenging learning experience that will prepare them for life in 21st Century Britain.
Our curriculum is driven by a want to create diverse and exciting learning opportunities across each subject in which we aim to instill a lifelong love of learning. Bedgrove Junior School pupils will develop core skills in the subject areas of English and Mathematics, whilst broadening their knowledge and skills in the other curriculum subjects such as history, geography,ICT, music and French, through a topic based curriculum. The school values are used as drivers each term for the curriculum. We aim to offer a rich range of experiences and visitors to supplement our pupils learning both within the school and externally.
Another aim of our curriculum is for children to be able to enjoy a range of sporting activities, have the opportunity to learn new musical instruments as well as taking advantage of our fantastic facilities, including the sports field & MUGA, pupil kitchen, refurbished library, well-resourced music room, iPads, kindles and vast outdoor space.
Our pupils receive daily maths (including an extra specific arithmetic session each week) and english lessons alongside guided reading, handwriting, spelling and grammar sessions across the week. Pupils also receive two hours of PE, three hours of topic learning, two hours of science and an hour of ICT, Music and Healthy Minds. Pupils will also have a half hour French session every other week and an additional ICT lesson on the other weeks. RE is taught through WOW days which happen once every half -term.
WOW days are also used at the beginning of each topic to launch each new theme and engage the pupils in their learning. Pupils in Year 5 do one hour of swimming per week. Lessons such as PE and music are taught by specialist teachers to ensure high quality learning in these areas.
At the end of the day, three times per week, pupils have story time (using the Pie Corbett literature spine) to ensure we are exposing pupils to a range of texts and authors and promoting that love of reading. On a Friday afternoon each class has 20 minutes of reflection time to discuss any class, local or national concerns or issues and share good news from the week.
Take a look at our class twitter pages (on class pages) to gain an insight in to the daily experiences for pupils in our school. Please see below to give you an overview of what is taught in each year group in the different curriculum areas (please see English and maths pages for their separate overviews).