The Curriculum at Bridgewater
At Bridgewater our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. It is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through our curriculum, we can impact how our children feel about themselves and their learning ad so we place high priority on ensuring we foster children’s physical and mental wellbeing.
Our intention is that our curriculum is ambitious, extends opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enables our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires children to learn more.
At Bridgewater the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and independence and become creative, critical thinkers.
Every child is recognised as an individual with a unique potential for learning. Our aim is to enable each child to participate fully in current and future society as a responsible, self-confident citizen. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of skills, knowledge, progression and values with a vision to prepare the children for life beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
At Bridgewater we are keen to promote the diversity of life and celebrate difference and promote respect for all and through our teaching and learning we give children key knowledge and understanding around discrimination and prejudice including the prevention of bullying. We are also committed to developing our children so that they respect the rights of others and are proactive in making the world a better place to live.
Our families are key partners in developing their children’s knowledge and children leave Bridgewater with a strong sense of belonging to a tight knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become life-long learners.
The National Curriculum is taught as part of the broader school curriculum and consists of the Core Subjects, which are English, Mathematics, Science and Computing (ICT), and the Foundation Subjects, which are History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Design Technology. Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Subjects may be incorporated into cross-curricular themes when appropriate, or taught separately when applicable.
To explain the changes to the National Curriculum and the new assessment to parents a new guide for parents has been produced by Rising Stars. The guide provides a clear outline of the new content, by year group, with some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works. If you would like more information on our curriculum please contact the school via the school office firstname.lastname@example.org
When our youngest pupils join the school in the Early Years they will follow the Early Years Statutory Framework. There are two reception classes which are mixed ability and pupils will be exposed to opportunities which enable them to cover the full range of areas set out in the framework. Outdoor learning is a significant part of the Early Years’ experience for pupils.
PHONICS - we will use planning based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We use Jolly Phonics songs and actions to reinforce learning.
Years 1 to 6 pupils are taught all National Curriculum Subjects plus Religious Education. From Year 3 pupils also learn French. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, where children apply their knowledge, skills and understanding through meaningful cross curricular links between subjects. Our curriculum is creative and exciting where we foster a love of learning, encouraging pupils to aim high, have a ‘can do’ attitude and to take risks in their learning, without fearing failure.
In Key Stage 2 there is an emphasis on the key skills of Literacy and Numeracy, with reading, spelling and mental arithmetic receiving particular attention.
We aim to support all pupils, whatever their abilities, and so from time to time small groups or individualised sessions are arranged to further this aim.
We are aware that many of the life skills which make good learners, such as team work; the ability to reflect and evaluate; creativity; independent enquiry and the ability to manage one’s own workload and responsibilities, do not neatly fit into traditional subject areas. Because of this, we also arrange a number of cross-curricular theme days during the year to enable our pupils to challenge themselves and develop these skills in practice.
Sex and Relationships Education is taught in KS1 and KS2 and children are taught not only factual information about the biology involved but consideration is also given to the quality of relationships in family life, the exercise of personal responsibility and the values and standards of the society in which we live. You are given the opportunity to view and discuss the resources used in our programmes and are entitled to withdraw your child from these lessons should you so wish as long as they receive the minimum required by the National Curriculum.