"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world"
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 also inspire to deliver learning that is enriched with diversity in order to allow for a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum to promote the ethos that anything is possible for everyone.
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.
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 develop skills that will foster positive mental health and well-being in the future. We consider our duty to foster equality, ensuring our curriculum addresses disadvantage and aspires to close the gap; meaning equity for all pupils. 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.
Our curriculum is well planned and designed ensuring a smooth transition from KS1 and with a clear focus, throughout KS2, 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 diversity, 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 from year to year and term to term. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, engagement in learning, confidence and good behaviour. 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. Short term planning is evaluated and adapted regularly to ensure we are meeting the children’s needs.
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 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/DT through a thematic approach) and subjects such as science, French and healthy minds. Specialist teachers deliver sessions in PE and performing arts, allowing our pupils exposure to an enriching wider curriculum. RE is taught once a half term as a full day to fully engage in and explore themes.
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 subjects and our children make strong progress during their time with us across the board. 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.