Brinkworth Earl Danby's Curriculum Statement - Click Here
All children in the school follow the National Curriculum 2014. This ensures that they all have access to a broad, balanced curriculum. We have a long term curriculum plan which ensures that all children cover the required programmes of study.
In every aspect of our school life, we make no discrimination knowingly on grounds of sex, race, creed, colour or disability.
English, mathematics and science
English, mathematics and science are the core subjects; Computing, history, geography, music, art, P.E., a foreign language and design technology are the foundation subjects. Religious Education, whilst not part of the National Curriculum, is also taught. A daily Act of Worship within the broad traditions of Anglican Worship is also held.
English pervades all areas of the curriculum. We base our plans on the English programme of study which covers spoken language, reading and writing. English is taught on a daily basis and most strands of the programme of study occur through other curricular areas.
There are three fundamental areas in which English is delivered in our school:
Speaking and Listening, including Drama - this underpins the development of reading and writing and is essential in enabling our pupils to access all other curriculum areas and express themselves with clarity and precision. The school has a proud history of scripting and performing drama in school as well as attending theatre productions.
Reading - this consists of two dimensions:
word decoding, which includes phonics taught in our school in 6 phases; and
comprehension, which includes understanding, interpreting as well as appreciation of the rich and varied literary heritage of Britain. We read extensively, both for pleasure and for information. We have created a rich reading environment for our students, consisting of a material-rich library as well as educational resources.
Writing – this includes:
Transcription (spelling and handwriting);
Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them grammatically and logically).
We attach great attention to our pupils’ competence in forming and communicating ideas in writing, using accurate and sophisticated vocabulary and reflecting on their writing by proof-reading and editing it. We support our pupils’ creativity by providing them with many opportunities to write in different genre. Children’s skills in grammar (structuring sentences), punctuation and spelling are fostered in daily activities across the school. Legible and fluent handwriting is reinforced to ensure quality of presentation.
Mathematics is taught daily. Our school scheme supports challenging and interesting teaching of the Maths Programme of Study. Whilst covering the breadth of the mathematics curriculum we put strong emphasis on children learning mental calculation strategies, learning to apply problem solving skills and learning to communicate and reason mathematically.
Science stimulates pupils' curiosity about the world around them. Pupils are provided with frequent opportunities to practise and apply their scientific enquiry skills. Pupils develop their understanding through practical activities and experiences linking to key scientific ideas.
Computing is taught across the curriculum throughout the key stages. Children have access to PC's and the Internet in their classrooms together with centrally available PC's at Upper School. We are constantly updating and improving the hardware available to the children. This means that the average computer pupil ratio of 1:10 will be improved. Digital cameras, scanners and digital microscopes are also available. We follow the programme of study from the National Curriculum 2014. Appropriate software has been selected to support this work. All classrooms at each site have been equipped with an electronic whiteboard, digital projector and teacher laptop.
Throughout their time at school, our pupils follow the programme of study from the National Curriculum 2014 including finding out about Florence Nightingale and changes within living memory at KS1, and studying the Stone Age and Anglo Saxons at KS2. Primary and secondary sources of evidence are used to interest, excite and motivate the children. Visits and visitors are used to enhance learning.
The emphasis in primary Geography is in acquiring geographical knowledge. Where appropriate pupils will develop practical skills in fieldwork, compass reading and map reading. For Key Stage 1 the main area of study is the UK, but pupils will look at world maps and learn names and locations of continents and oceans. They will also study a contrasting locality in the world. Throughout Key Stage 2 pupils will develop their knowledge of locations and places round the world and use grid references. There will be studies of settlements, climatic zones and focus on Europe and the Americas.
Children explore and express their thoughts and feelings through making music. They learn about other times and other cultures through learning songs. They learn to collaborate and develop confidence when performing. In addition to class music lessons, there are opportunities for children to learn to play instruments such as the piano, guitar, violin, brass or woodwind instruments, drums and the recorder.
Art enriches lives. Our children experiment with colour and paint, make pictures and models and communicate feelings. They use lines, shapes and textures in their designs and study different styles of artwork. Visiting artists have supported us in reaching the excellent standards achieved.
It is important that children keep fit and stay in shape. Children need to prepare for exercise and understand what happens to their bodies when they work out. As they grow in confidence, children learn how to use physical skills and work individually and in teams. We have football, netball and tag rugby teams. Older children are taken to swimming lessons at the local sports centre. A school Sports Day is held in which all children take part. Our current athletics team achieved great success in the area sports day. A multi-games surface is available at Upper School and, at Lower School, our outdoor play area and new hall are much enjoyed.
Pupils investigate and evaluate familiar products. Design and make assignments provide experience of a range of materials, including food, textiles and electrical and mechanical components. Focused practical tasks are provided to develop the skills and techniques necessary to complete assignments and evaluate them.
Religious Education is taught to all pupils. The main focus is Christianity with Islam and Judaism the minor foci. Parents may withdraw their children from religious education and/or collective worship after consultation with the head teacher. There is no attempt at indoctrination.
(Personal, Social and Health Education) Children learn life skills so that they can take responsibility for their own health and well-being. The importance of emotional well being for effective learning is recognised and we work on confidence, resilience and relationships. This takes place in special time set aside for P.S.H.E. and through other subjects. Our School Council meets regularly and members are elected annually.
Sex and Relationships Education is provided. A copy of the school policy is available on request. Parents are informed in advance when a programme of SRE lessons is to be taught. Parents have the right to withdraw their children.