‘I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full’
The school’s curriculum drivers are:
- Ambition – we want our children to be the best they can be and provide a curriculum which means every child can aim higher
- Compassion – we are an inclusive and supportive school where the whole community shows understanding and empathy, our curriculum reflects this value
- Community – our school is at the heart of our village and church community, we work together with stakeholders to provide an all-round education for our children
As a church school we embrace the following Christian values:
Our Values are taught half termly through our Collective Acts of Worship and are threaded through our curriculum and conversations with children and adults in school. We value all children, irrespective of their faith and encourage them to be a valuable member of modern society. Our curriculum reflects these values and our children demonstrate them in their everyday life inside and outside school.
The school follows the CUSP programmes of study for reading, writing, geography, history, science, art and design and technology. CUSP is an ambitious curriculum which is led by evidence-based practice and planned to ensure the long-term retention of knowledge.
Breadth and Balance of the Curriculum
As a school, we are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum that is stimulating, motivating and encourages pupils to become independent and aspirational learners. The curriculum provides our children with the opportunity to explore a range of experiences and enable them to practise their skills and try new things. Our curriculum is vocabulary focused and aims to equip pupils with the technical language required to talk about their learning in a precise manner, across the curriculum. Knowledge organisers are utilised within learning modules to support vocabulary development.
Curriculum Structure and Sequence
CUSP is underpinned by evidence, research, and cognitive science. Modules are deliberately sequenced for robust progression. There is an emphasis on oracy and vocabulary acquisition, retention and use to break down learning barriers and accelerate progress. A rich diet of language and vocabulary is deliberately planned for.
Specific skills are discreetly taught and practised so that they become transferrable. The sequenced modules activate prior learning, build on skills, and deepen knowledge and understanding. Learning, vocabulary, and content is cumulative; content is learned, retrieved, and built upon.
Throughout everything that we do we put early reading and literacy skills at the heart of the curriculum. This is to ensure that pupils can access the wider curriculum and develop independent learning skills from a young age. It enables all children to learn and develop their skills effectively. If pupils cannot read, they will not be able to access the curriculum, thus putting them at a disadvantage and at risk of not achieving. Substantial focus is given to reading throughout the school – whether it be early reading or reading for pleasure.
Pupils Broader Development
At East Bergholt children will experience many exciting learning opportunities. These include visits and visitors, themed events that link to our curriculum for example our regular ‘Wow’ days where children work alongside their parents in mixed age groups on a theme such as science or the Olympics. The school encourages and supports pupils to try new things such as sailing, playing an instrument and attending a residential visit. Our community is very important to us, our curriculum reflects our local links and explores the area of outstanding natural beauty in which we are situated.
Staff are passionate about helping pupils to fulfil their potential. Through learning experiences, children will develop characteristics that build confidence, resilience, perseverance and respect for others. Examples of these include; sampling new foods during design and technology, reading challenging texts in guided reading and enjoying activities such as canoeing and cycling as part of their learning journey.
The school has a commitment to celebrating diversity and widening pupil’s experiences of different cultures. Our library showcases books reflecting diversity which encourage children to explore cultures other than their own.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please do speak to one of our class teachers.
Our curriculum is inclusive and is guided by the Equality Duty 2010 and the SEND Policy and Information Report for our school. Please see below.