At Bredhurst we have implemented a rich, engaging, bespoke curriculum which meets the needs of all our learners. It covers the aims and objectives from the National Curriculum in a creative and inspiring way. Our curriculum is encompassing, varied and is full of meaningful learning opportunities. Our intention is for our children to learn and grow through the guidance and love of God, leaving Bredhurst 'knowing more'. We aspire for our children to be knowledgeable with the ability to speak confidently across a range of topics and be excited about the world we live in.
We teach in a very cross curricular way, embedding our learning, our geography and history based topics are interlinked with our English texts and learning. The children are highly engaged as their learning is intrinsically linked. They are able to apply the skills taught effectively across the curriculum and to a range of subjects. We do not teach in isolation but ensure our teaching has meaning and purpose. The knowledge taught in history is transferred to the English, deepening and widening the understanding across both subjects. This approach is highly successful at creating highly motivated learners.
As we teach in mixed age classes, our foundation learning is not taught as separate year groups. Our children are taught different topics according to the class they are in. We have a cyclical approach to our learning so we can build upon previous learning, therefore children's knowledge and skills build and develop overtime. Our whole curriculum is bound together by both the school's Christian values and the British values which are fundamental in making us such a positive, successful community of learners.
Above all, our curriculum is designed to help every single child to: enjoy childhood, strive to be the best they can, persevere in their learning and become future citizens who will impact positively on society.
To find out more about our engaging, inspiring curriculum follow the links to our class pages where you will find our termly overviews.
Within EYFS we provide opportunities for children to be unique and encourage them to be resilient and to develop their confidences. The environment they learn in needs to accommodate their needs and enable them to learn in different ways.
As practitioners we provide stimulating resources relevant to all children to encourage rich learning opportunities through play and teaching. Provisions for children to take risks and explore their own ideas allow them to be active learners whilst encouraging them to be creative and to think critically.
The wider curriculum topics are generated from pupil interests and the planning of these topics are led very much by the pupils themselves. Each term has a different emphasis, although each curriculum area is available to pupils through our continuous provision.
Key Stage 1
The wider curriculum in Key Stage One builds on the knowledge and learning which has taken place in EYFS. Through guided interactive experiences children explore an interlinked curriculum that is tailored to their interests and needs. These first hand experiences are intrinsic to the development of knowledge and basic skills.
We teach the foundation subjects alongside the topic element of the curriculum. We do not teach each subject each week, but may teach a subject blocked into a couple of days or over the course of a term. This flexible approach works well for the children at this age as it keeps the learning meaningful, current and related to the rest of their learning.
Key Stage 2
The wider curriculum in Key Stage Two continues to develop the knowledge and learning which has previously taken place. Through a broad range of experiences children are immersed in a creative and engaging curriculum which is inclusive for all. Children are given many opportunities to develop their own perspectives, generate their own questions and become critical thinkers.
Through this approach our children thrive as independent, confident and avid learners who are ready to embark on the next stage of their learning journey. Our curriculum in Key Stage 2 looks very different to many other schools, as we use our the approach which best suits our children. We have a rolling programme of music, computing and food technology which takes place one day every 3 weeks, with the children focusing in depth in one of these areas each time. This allows us to deepen understanding, develop learning experiences and move at a much quicker pace than if we were to teach each subject for a specific period each week.