The school has reviewed and reshaped the curriculum for September 2019 on a two year rolling programme to reflect the new OFSTED framework and our school context.
Through our Christian Faith, we acknowledge our responsibility to all, to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school family. We believe in lifelong learning aiming to equip our children to live life today and for tomorrow. Our school ethos and curriculum planning is reflected in the following Bible quote:
‘I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full’
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ' live life in all its fullness' by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with Christian values at its heart.
It is bespoke to the needs of the pupils at East Bergholt CEVC Primary School, not only by focusing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind set, a sense of responsibility with challenges and experiences that take them beyond the classroom.
We are a medium sized village school with a constantly evolving curriculum which responds to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness from the local area to national and global arenas. Thus, we will develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world.
Our curriculum drivers have led the development of our curriculum:
As a Church of England primary school it is important to us that our children develop spiritually with an awareness and respect for all communities and an appreciation of the environment we live in.
We are passionate about the health of our children. We want our children to be active learners, engaging in rich experiences to develop imagination and creativity. We will encourage risk taking within a safe and secure environment enabling our children to challenge themselves.
It is vital that we nurture the natural curiosity of our children, enabling them to become independent in thought and action and encouraging them to imagine, enquire and become increasingly enterprising. We will give children opportunities to think critically, by solving problems and making choices.
We believe our children need to know about and understand the world that is beyond their immediate doorstep. They need opportunities to experience the richness of its diversity and show they care about its management and sustainability. Our children will be encouraged to treat everyone with respect and as equals.
Our children will be encouraged to be resilient learners as they encounter new experiences and opportunities offered throughout their time at East Bergholt. We will develop rounded young people who will not be afraid to take risks and accept challenge as they grow up.
Implementation – How is our curriculum put together?
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. A blocked curriculum approach has been implemented at the school to ensure coverage and progression in a number of curriculum areas. This approach enables project based learning, fostering each child’s curiosity and interest throughout each topic and also enabling the achievement of depth in knowledge and skills.
The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. We are using our amazing outdoor areas to enhance learning outside.
The children’s own community, its heritage and traditions are used in studies of the local area and incorporate our village church of St Mary’s as the children regularly visit for Services throughout the year.
Staff have developed ‘Knowledge Organisers’ for all topic areas which enable children to focus on the knowledge they need for each topic. Teachers are then able to use these for assessment at the end of topics.
What do we offer?
Music and performance have a high profile in the school and the school has a specialist music teacher, with each child receiving a weekly music lesson. The children have the opportunity to perform in a showcase of talent in the Spring term and attend Young Voices in London along with thousands of other children. Year 5 and 6 take part in a production at the end of the year. There is outstanding use of Sport Premium which enables us to make full use of the skills of a wide range of professionals; throughout their time at the school, children will work with specialist coaches as they learn many sports. The school has achieved the Gold School Games Award for 3 consecutive years. Children in Year 6 swim weekly for a term at Hadleigh Pool.
A varied timetable for extra-curricular activities is offered by the school, with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills, such as football, whilst also extending the range of children’s experiences in clubs such as History Club.
Meeting the needs of all our pupils as an inclusive school
The school takes pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and most make very good progress in most subjects and areas of learning. Children at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
How do we teach the basic skills?
The school uses ‘Power of Reading’ resources to ensure there is a high quality offer of English teaching throughout the school. Where possible the books are mapped onto the curriculum to link with topic areas. Teachers enhance the planning to ensure that there is the right balance of reading and writing for our children. KS1 and EYFS teachers use ‘Letters and Sounds’ as a basis for phonic teaching and add to this with a variety of other resources. As a result, the standard of phonic teaching is high and results are good.
Maths is taught as a stand-alone subject using a variety of resources including White Rose.
The school will measure the impact of our curriculum offer throughout the year and update this section accordingly.
Have a look at the curriculum plans for each year group below.