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Brant Broughton

Church of England & Methodist Primary School

To be the Best I can be

Curriculum

‘At the forefront of innovative educational practice’

Here are Brant Broughton we pride ourselves on ensuring that our curriculum is both engaging, inspiring and provides ample opportunity for pupils to reach their potential. Bespoke projects are planned each term beginning with the United Nations 17 Goals of Sustainability. The intention is to ensure that our pupils gain a secure understanding of life beyond our beautiful rural village, beyond Lincolnshire and investigate the rich possibilities of the world. The projects are planned with consideration of the problems that affect our pupils at a local, national and international level; the possible visitors or visit locations that link to the topic; the passions of the pupils and staff and a consideration of the final products that the children can create by demonstrating their ability to reach beyond their expectations.  When planning the projects, teachers also consider how our Values of Friendship, Endurance, Honesty, Respect, Thankfulness and Responsibility can be embedded in our learning. Each project has an Essential Question for the term which we try to ensure that as much learning as possible relates to the central question of the project which might be something like: Are we all born equal?  What makes me special? Do we need our classroom to learn?  

Each project has three or four mini-outcomes that the children are working towards that might be centred around a piece of writing, model, performance or exhibition. In our constant strive for excellence the children implement the techniques of 'Critique and Multiple Drafts' to assess their own, and their peers, work against a set of criteria that they have devised with the help of their teacher. They evaluate their work and decide on how it can be improved before starting their second draft. Some work could be re-drafted several times before they are satisfied with the result. The self-assessment and constant strive to exceed expectations are features of our learning.  

The impact of our project-based curriculum is evident in the children's enthusiasm for their learning and in their impressive final products which have included planning a whole school Internet Cafe including healthy snacks; raising money to support the WWF and adopting a polar bear; hosting on a community Fair Trade fundraiser; planning an event to raise money to support Water Aid.

When planning, the teachers follow the National Curriculm requirements for each subject but seek to include these in imaginative and exciting ways. We aspire to use the National Curriculum as a starting point and to go beyond this to create deep learning experiences children will learn, remember and build on.

Literacy

We aim to enable each child to communicate effectively and confidently through reading, writing, speaking and listening.  English is taught based on the National Curriculum.  It is taught daily with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities.

We want children to read fluently for both pleasure and information.  We teach reading through a range of books and schemes which are organised in difficulty according to colour book bands.  Children bring home a reading book every evening and parents are asked to read with their children and complete their reading record book. The core scheme used is Oxford Reading Tree but this is supplemented by other schemes and by 'real books'. From Year 2 onwards, the children use Accelerated Reader which is an online reading programme where children take quizzes on books read. This has generated huge enthusiasm for books across the school and has seen impressive results in children's reading progress since the introduction in Autumn 2018.

Phonics, grammar, spelling rules  and cursive handwriting are taught systematically throughout the school and children are encouraged to take pride in their work and neatness and accuracy are emphasised.  We use and adapt a number of published resources and approaches such as Letters and Sounds, Read, Write Inc and Grammar Hammer to support our teaching in this area. From Year 2 onwards we use 'No Nonsense Spelling' programme across Key Stage 2.

Cross curricular work is extremely important so that children can consolidate and practice their literacy skills so much of our literacy work is linked closely to termly project and theme based work.

Numeracy
Daily Lessons are planned according to the National Curriculum and incorporate mental and oral maths skills.  Much of our work is practical and investigative making use of a wide range of stimulating games and equipment.We aim to provide our children with a wide mathematical education taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way.  The development of number and problem solving skills in real life situations is a key element of our numeracy lessons. 

Pupils explore all four number operations and are encouraged to try a range of strategies that best suit their learning. Pupils explore shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts.  They are given lots of opportunity to discuss their methods and encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

School uses the White Rose Planning which caters specifically for mixed ability classes and emphasises the core elements of Master - fluency, reasoning and problem solving. 

ICT & Computing

We view the development of ICT skills as an essential part of a child’s education. We aspire for our children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We hope to develop a culture where the use of ICT becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances in their futures.

ICT & Computing is taught as a separate set of skills as well as being an integral part of all our cross curricular work in other subjects.

We have a central networked computer suite which enables children to work individually and in groups to access the internet and other educational software and we also have sets of iPads so that our children can work flexibly around the school.  All our classrooms and the hall have Interactive Whiteboards  and their own classroom computer.  Children are being introduced to computing skills and coding through the use of software and apps such as Scratch and Scratch Junior.

Science

Science is the systematic investigation of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the world, which relies on first hand experiences and on other sources of information. The scientific process and problem solving activities will be used to deepen your child’s understanding of the concepts involved.

Scientific Skills, enquiring attitudes and developing concepts are encouraged through practical experiments and investigations, when appropriate these will be linked in to wider project themes.

Brant Broughton was recognised for its excellence and commitment to science in 2014 when we were awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award.

Sex Education

The Governors have agreed a policy on Sex Education which covers both sex and relationships, changing and growing as part of the PSHE curriculum and aspects of reproduction and physical processes within the science curriculum.  These are introduced appropriately throughout the year groups but the main sex education sessions are covered in Year 5 & 6 when both the class teacher and visiting experts such as the school nursing service will introduce this subject to the children sensitively and appropriately.   Parents are consulted and do have the right to withdraw their children from some elements of this if they wish.

History & Geography

ancient grece projectOur school and village are both rich in history and we aim to develop historical and geographical skills through a variety of first hand experiences. An emphasis on local study and field work provides relevant learning opportunities on our doorstep.  Topics covering Invaders & Settlers, The Romans & Ancient Greeks, The Victorians, Africa and India are incorporated into project based work as part of our skills based curriculum.

Music

We value the place of music throughout the school.  We aim to encourage self-expression, appreciation and enjoyment of music as individuals and as a whole school.  Music as a subject is integrated into the curriculum and children also have the opportunity to sing in the school choir or learn to play a variety of instruments through the Lincolnshire Peripatetic Music Service. 

We provide many opportunities for children to perform as individuals, groups and as a whole school through end of term productions, class assemblies, church services and participation in arts festivals outside school. 

Art & Design Technology

Art, craft and design stimulates creativity and imagination. We provide a rich environment in which we encourage our children to communicate through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and materials. Through creative activities we incorporate the use of a variety of materials from food and textiles to wood, card and mouldable materials.  We have worked on exciting projects with artists in residence and we are proud to say that we have recently been awarded the Artsmark Gold for our high quality work in this area.

Physical Education (PE)

We are rightly proud of our achievements in sport and our large playing field, all weather pitch and large hall enable our children to take part in PE throughout the year in all weather.   Using the PE Premium grant we employ a specialist sports coach through MultiSport Pro.  Children are taught skills of dance, movement, athletics as well as team games such as football, netball, hockey, rounders and cricket.  We play matches with local schools and also enter district sports competitions.  Last year we won trophies as winners of the football, cricket and district athletics competitions and also took part in the KS1 multi-skills and mini-Olympics, rounders, tag rugby and cross country competitions.

In the Summer we hold a school Sports Day to which parents, carers and friends are invited.  KS 1 and 2 children have swimming lessons at the RAF Cranwell swimming pool. School gained the Gold Games Mark for the first time in 2018.

 

Extra-curricular Activities

We like to provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities to encourage and develop children’s individual interests and strengths.  Lunchtime and after-school clubs vary according to the time of year and are offered to children from specific year groups. 

Last year’s clubs included: football, Christian -based Fun Club, netball, athletics, choir, recorders,  Magical Maths, yoga and judo. We are also very proud of our school orchestra.  

Most of these clubs are run voluntarily by teachers, staff, parents and volunteers.   If you have a particular interest or expertise and would like to run an extra-curricular activity we would be very happy to hear about it.

Homework

We place great importance on your assistance with the learning process through reading, literacy, mathematics and other subject homework activities. Homework is set in accordance with government guidelines and we expect parents/carers to support the school by ensuring   that homework is completed satisfactorily and handed in on time. The amount of homework given is appropriate to the child’s age, ability  and stage of development. Homework activities given may include: reading, writing tasks, learning spelling patterns, times tables, maths practice, completing work started in class,  special  research  topics and craft projects.