Throughout our curriculum, we offer rich and vibrant opportunities, which draw upon purposeful real-life experiences to offer meaningful outcomes. Our curriculum aims to promote curiosity and to instil in our children a strong passion for life-long learning and enquiry. We build children’s aspirations, demonstrating possibilities for their future lives, and the rigour of our curriculum supports this aim.
Bedgrove Junior School’s focus on curriculum development is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. Our curriculum recognises and builds upon children’s prior learning, is designed to allow children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Knowledge, skills and concepts are clearly developed in an age-appropriate and progressive way from Year 3 to Year 6 so that the children’s skills and understanding are extended and built upon, year upon year.
As a school, we strongly believe that children learn best when experiences are first hand and lessons are delivered in a variety of ways to suit different learners. We provide a highly inclusive environment where all learners enjoy their education and pupils at all levels are supported to achieve their full potential. We systematically teach key learning behaviours which involve teaching children how to learn and develop resilience and creativity, how to work effectively within a team and to become aware of themselves as learners through Healthy Minds and Metacognition. Our growth mind-set approach to learning allows our children to understand the learning process.
We have high expectations in developing our pupils’ speech, language and communication skills. This focus strengthens our pupils’ ability to learn at a deeper level, allowing them to articulate their learning. Additionally, our curriculum allows all our pupils to demonstrate high quality thinking and to apply skills and knowledge confidently and competently. Physical and mental wellbeing is prioritised within our curriculum allowing children opportunities to exhibit spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We consider our duty to foster equality, ensuring our curriculum addresses disadvantage and aspires to close the gap.
Children leave our school with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong reflective learners.
Take a look at our year group twitter pages to gain an insight in to the daily experiences of our pupils. Please see subject specific pages to give you an overview of our intent within the different curriculum areas.
Our curriculum is well planned and designed, ensuring a smooth transition from KS1 and with a clear focus on secondary school readiness (KS3). We have the National Curriculum, which we use as a starting point for all subjects, to ensure progression and coverage across the four years. We embellish and deepen further as a school exposing pupils to quality experiences and lessons with a large element of choice and need for independent thinking. All subjects have a clear implementation statement, alongside long and medium term planning which outlines key objectives. Short term planning is evaluated and adapted regularly to ensure we are meeting the children’s needs. High quality visits and visitors are also well designed to enhance the curriculum.
The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour.
Please see curriulum pages for Implementation statements for each area.