At Basildon CE Primary School we offer a “broad and balanced” curriculum 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 National Curriculum 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 skills and attitudes needed to be successful, independent and motivated learners and to have robust foundations in place to grow into effective and important citizens.
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 high quality teaching, supported by the Floppy Phonics Programme and other resources. They are also developing their fluency in reading through daily supported reading.
The National Curriculum is delivered using our own mapping system to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. Assessment is an important part of our curriculum and the progress of all children is regularly monitored to ensure we are providing the best support and challenge. We strongly promote Growth Mindsets which means that all children are challenged to achieve constant improvement on their performance, in all areas. We place a high value on independence and intrinsic motivation and encourage all children to set challenging personal targets. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Loving, Living and Learning Together) and the strategic aim “to ensure that each of us is Secure, Happy, Confident, Achieving and Giving”. These are taught on directly and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. 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 delivered through both discrete skills teaching and integrated cross-curricular opportunities for application of skills. We do not group by ability as this contradicts our mindset philosophy. Targeted support is, however, offered to any child struggling to make progress. Similarly, children making good progress are always challenged to deepen their learning and challenge themselves to go further.
We use a whole school topic cycle to deliver many other aspects of the curriculum with all classes sharing the same theme, designed and planned at an age appropriate level. 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. All staff are trained in delivering high quality physical education through the Real PE framework. Specialist teachers support music. Theme days/weeks, 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 school has an ambitious vision to develop an integrated technology curriculum. Currently all Key Stage Two children have 1:1 devices and we strongly promote, and invest in, professional development and innovation.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an important opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas. We have access to our own area of community woodland and we make regular use of this with all year groups.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through family assemblies, 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.