Federation of Bursledon Schools Curriculum Position Statement March 2016
At the Federation of Bursledon Schools, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond, all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme and developing their fluency in reading.
From September 2016, we will deliver The National Curriculum using the Cornerstones Framework as a basis, to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. This will also mean that National requirements and school requirements will be mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups will plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly.
The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Love, Respect, Aspire) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including through Collective Worship. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
The English curriculum and the mathematics curriculum are supported through a framework developed by consultants and coordinators within the Local Authority. These subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. In all year groups there are also small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. The schools are very proud of their in-house coaching programme that also supports staff (Teachers and Educational Support Assistants) professional development. Theme days, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science. We are also developing the Forest School approach to aspects of our learning
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Please go to each year group folder to find out more about our curriculum. If you require additional information, please contact year group teams via the school office.