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 & Design, Music, Physical Education (PE - including swimming), Modern Foreign Language (French at KS2) and Design & Technology (DT).
Primary schools must also provide Religious Education (RE) and Relationship and Health education. At Bridgewater, RE is taught in accordance with the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE - but parents can ask for their children to be withdrawn from these lessons. We also teach Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) which includes Relationship and Sex education (RSE). For more information about the PSHE programme taught at Bridgewater please click here and for information regarding our RSHE programme of work please click here. Parents can also ask to withdraw children from the sex education element of the RSE curriculum. Please click here to view our RSE policy.
Subjects may be incorporated into cross-curricular themes when appropriate, or taught separately when applicable. 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.
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, where children apply their knowledge, skills and understanding through meaningful cross curricular links between subjects. You can find out more about the National Curriculum here
To find out about our intent at Bridgewater School for the overall curriculum we teach and for individual subjects (including Early Years) please click here. Our intent is a framework that sets out the aims of our programme of education.
To find out what your child will learn in each year group, across the subjects we teach please click here.
For more information on the topics taught in geography, history and science in years 2-6 please click here for our knowledge organisers.
Following an update from the DfE around phonics teaching we have moved to Essential Letters and Sounds, this is a phonics programme based on Letters and Sounds (2007). This new phonics programme will support children in making quick progress to become fluent and confident readers. Children are taught phonics daily and the texts that we send home are carefully matched to the teaching taking place in school. Children will practise what they have been taught in school with adults at home.
Our curriculum is inclusive and accessible to all children and meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Please see links to our SEND Information Report , SEND Policy, Equality Information and Objectives Policy and Equality Objectives (annual review) on our Policies page.
In accordance with The Department for Education we aim to actively promote British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Click here for more information on promoting British values.
If you wish to find out more information about the curriculum please speak to your class teacher. Your class teacher's details can be found here