Curriculum Overview Explained
The curriculum is everything which influences children in school, including those things which aren’t planned and those things which we can only sense. It’s for this reason we hope that when you come to Briary School you will feel a friendly and purposeful atmosphere. Children won’t learn unless they feel happy, secure and successful. And they will only do their best if they are committed and involved. So we try to use the children’s natural curiosity and interest. We recognise that current Government Policy means that reading, writing and maths are the areas used to judge the performance of schools. We have reorganised and re-timetabled our school curriculum to ensure we are in accordance with this. Children’s performance in all these skills is our prime aim.
At Briary, we pride ourselves on our broad and balanced curriculum and always try to enrich the children’s learning with meaningful and inspiring experiences. Quite often our ‘topics’ will begin with or culminate in an educational visit, workshop, class performance or exhibition of work. The homework that is set for the children is also linked to their themed learning where possible, with practical and fun projects being an option for children’s home learning.
The History curriculum is planned so that during their time at Briary, the children will start to develop an understanding of the history of the British Isles. We have taken advantage of our location to plan in a study of Canterbury (from 2016) as part of that learning and to link with the Geography curriculum. Themed studies are also used to compare periods in History and study change over time, for example Year 1 look at the work of the RNLI and other contemporary emergency workers whilst also learning about Grace Darling- this topic is also enhanced by our location. In Year 2, children will compare the lives and reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II.
The children’s Geographical knowledge and skills will be developed and built on year by year. From undertaking local studies to looking at global issues, each year they will study a place and processes to increase their geographical understanding. In the coming year, 2016, we will take the opportunity to look more closely at Brazil in particular, as they host the next Olympic Games. In Year 3 we will contextualise the children’s emerging MFL knowledge with a study and comparison of France with the UK and the USA.
The school follow the Kent Primary Science Scheme Of Work (updated in 2014) and the Science topics are embedded into overall themes where possible. The classes in UKS2 will also be named after scientists so that they can undertake an in depth study of a famous scientist and their work.
The curriculum map gives an overview of themes and is colour coded for ease of reference. We have used the Inspire curriculum to support and enrich the topics that the children are learning about. Unlike the Inspire curriculum, we have chosen to plan for one topic per term only, rather than changing more rapidly. This allows for more depth to the children’s learning and a richer exploration of the subjects we have chosen.
The Power of Reading, which will be at the heart of our literacy teaching, will also be linked where possible to the topics being studied. Titles have been selected and matched to topics. Rainbow Spelling will also be used throughout the school to raise standards in spelling and provide children with a consistent approach to learning spelling.
Finally, the school will promote fundamental British values whilst also encouraging tolerance by learning about different faiths and religions. All year groups and classes will elect representatives for the School Council and see democracy in action, thereby giving the children a voice in decisions made for the good of the school. Children in Year 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of democracy in England when they visit the Houses of Parliament in Term 2 and have a visit from the local MP to talk about his role and day to day work.
The key is as follows-
• – Topic / theme
• – Inspire Curriculum unit
• – Power Of Reading books