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Bedgrove Junior School

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Bedgrove Junior School Curriculum

"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world"

Malala Yousafzai

At Bedgrove Junior School we are proud to be an inclusive school providing a high quality, creative and challenging education.  Every child experiences a sense of enjoyment and achieves their full potential within a secure, caring and happy environment.

 

In short, at Bedgrove Junior School, we aim with every child to…

INSPIRE, CHALLENGE, SUCCEED

 

Intent

The aim at Bedgrove Junior School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a determined focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding and we ensure that children are well prepared for the next stage in their education as well as life in modern Britain.

At Bedgrove Junior School, our curriculum places the learning journey of ALL of our pupils at its very heart and is based on our three core values of ‘Inspire, Challenge, And Succeed’ as well as our Trust drivers of ‘meta-Cognition, oracy and well-being’. 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, in all subjects, 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.

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. 

 

Implementation

Our curriculum is well planned and designed ensuring a smooth transition from KS1 and with a clear focus on secondary school readiness. 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 curriculum statement, alongside long and medium term planning which outlines key objectives and progression of knowledge and skills. 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, engagement in learning, confidence and good behaviour.

The curriculum is implemented through our structured weekly timetable that sets out expectations for daily core lessons in maths and English with additional lessons for daily whole class guided reading and weekly arithmetic sessions. There is a strong emphasis within the timetable on non-core subjects such as topic (which incorporates the knowledge and skills of history, geography and art through a thematic approach) and subjects such as science.  Specialist teachers deliver sessions in music and creative arts allowing our pupils exposure to an excellent wider curriculum.

 

Impact

At Bedgrove Junior School, we strive for all pupils to achieve their maximum potential, by having high expectations and excellent standards. All of our subjects have clear end points identified so that staff are aware of the expectations of all children, in all subjects, by the end of each year.

We achieve high outcomes at the end of Key Stage Two in our core subject and our children make strong progress during their time with us. Our outcomes show that we do extremely well when compared with national and local outcomes. This is replicated in our own assessment of non-core subjects where high levels of pupils achieve age related expectations and beyond.

Our stimulating curriculum teaches core skills and knowledge in English, maths and science whilst actively promoting all other curriculum areas, ensuring that expectations are high across the curriculum. Our children enjoy lessons and we believe this early love of learning stimulates children to become lifelong learners. Our work on promoting social skills and preparation for life beyond Bedgrove enables the majority of our children to become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves.  A vast majority of our pupils leave our school ready for the challenges of the KS3 curriculum and where children are not yet ready for this curriculum we ensure transition is strong so that progress will continue for all pupils.

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