Curriculum

Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School offers a broad and balanced, rich and exciting curriculum.

We use the new challenges of National Curriculum 2014 as a foundation for our children's learning, adding depth through a range of exciting themes. 

We use the Read Write Inc. programme for a systematic and dynamic approach to teaching phonics, reading and spelling in KS1.

The 'Talk for Writing' approach provides a basis for much of our teaching in Literacy sessions. For non-fiction and most fiction topics, children learn a carefully crafted text by heart, which enables them to become familiar with a range of new vocabulary and sentence structures upon which they can innovate and invent.

Mathematical skills are taught through a variety of methods and mediums, including web-based practice using 'iXL.com', which we also use for our homework in mathematics. In our lessons, In common with our Trust Partner Schools, we have adopted a Singapore-style approach to the teaching of Mathematics. 

Our Christian ethos sits at the heart of our school day and is embedded in all that we do. All other national curriculum subjects are taught through our themes.

Each week the children experience Forest School, where a range of activities and games help build core problem-solving and co-operation skills.

The 'Intent' of our curriculum was devised alongside the community, parents,  pupils and staff. More detail can be seen below. 

Curriculum Intent

In devising our curriculum we have sought the views of our pupils, parents and staff to ensure we have a curriculum based on a shared vision. One that meets the needs of our community, prepares our pupils in wherever their future takes them and creates lifelong learners.

From such discussions, it was felt strongly that our curriculum should be based on ‘hands on experience’, should help the children to understand how they learn, make use of our unique locality and reflect our local/school history. It should develop social and emotional understanding so that we have independent and determined learners who are (calculated) risk takers. In doing so, we aim for a curriculum that is relevant, purposeful and engaging for all of our pupils. 

In order to give our pupils the necessary skills and cultural capital needed to succeed in life we want them to ‘dig deep’ in their learning and allow them to be fully immersed within a subject area. The national curriculum gives children a good introduction to the essential  knowledge they need but it is our belief that to create truly independent learners we need to allow them to delve deeper and encourage the natural curiosity with which they start their educational journey.  

Our lessons have one main driver from the subject areas of Geography, History, Science, Art, DT, RE or Drama and this driver remains the same for a full half term/period of weeks. This ensures we are able to show our pupils what it is truly like to be a ‘Geographer’, ‘Historian’, ‘Artist’, ‘Designer’ ‘Technician’, ‘Performer’ or ‘Person of Faith’. By allowing this immersion we are able to promote and encourage resilience and make sure learning sticks by making connections, extending learning and exploring topics fully. Children are not expected to flit between subjects and teachers are able to plan a more purposeful learning journey that has a clear and sequenced progression of knowledge and skill. Across the year, children will experience this depth of learning across the 6 areas and subjects such as English, Math, PE, Computing, RE and PSHE will be taught as continuous units alongside. 

Phonics

Phonics

 

We use the Read Write Inc. programme for a systematic and dynamic approach to teaching phonics, reading and spelling in KS1.

Math

Maths

Mathematical skills are taught through a variety of methods and mediums, including web-based practice using 'iXL.com', which we also use for our homework in mathematics. Over the years we have explored and learnt from the strengths of a range of approaches to teaching mathematics.

Writing

Writing

The 'Talk for Writing' approach provides a basis for much of our teaching in Literacy sessions. For non-fiction and most fiction topics, children learn a carefully crafted text by heart, which enables them to become familiar with a range of new vocabulary and sentence structures upon which they can innovate and invent.

Science

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Religious Education

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Forest School

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Every child at Buckland St Mary Primary School has the opportunity to take part in Forest School on a fortnightly basis, led by our experienced, trained Forest School team.

The Forest School initiative aims to encourage and inspire children to become more independent learners in an outside environment. The children develop new skills through a variety of exciting practical activities, such as shelter-building, knot-tying or safe use of a range of tools. Through the games and challenges that the children take part in, skills in co-operation, communication and resilience are all increased. We then find that the children can take these new, improved attributes back into their classroom lessons to help them succeed further.

We centre everything that we do around our 'Five Roots of Forest School':

Listening

Leading

Persevering

Team-working

Helping

We use our own school site to develop our skills, and we often head out into the beautiful local environment that we have surrounding the school and Ham Hill. The children keep track of the changing seasons, learn more about the natural world and begin to identify a wider range of local flora and fauna. Some of the National Curriculum Science objectives are met during these sessions.

Every class has a whole day of Forest School every other week. The children should come to school in their outdoor clothing. Forest School clothes should be older clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Bring wellies, warm jumper, waterproof coat and always long trousers even if the weather is warm (to help prevent stings etc).

Geography

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History

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Computing

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PE & Sport

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Art & Design

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PSHE

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Music & Drama

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Spanish

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