Together we believe, Together we achieve.
Our ambitious curriculum offer fulfils the requirements of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum. It is creative but rigorous in design. It exposes our pupils to enriching experiences, immersing them in progressive knowledge and skills; equipping them with personal characteristics required to succeed in life. The creative and performing arts are pivotal to our curriculum delivery and ensure that our children are immersed in vibrant experiences, allowing each of them to express themselves as an individual. The learning experiences we create aim to develop long-term memorable knowledge and skills where the content becomes part of a pupil's long-term memory. We prioritise all subject areas and offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils and ensure that they are prepared for the next part of their educational journey.
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values and the understanding of cognitive science, promoting metacognition and self-regulated learning. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well mental health and well-being, are prioritised to ensure children have concern for others and an appreciation of diversity. We want children to leave Broomwood as confident individuals, well-equipped to participate fully in the next stage of their education, as global citizens.
The Intent of our Curriculum
Our curriculum has been carefully designed so that pupils gain more knowledge over time. Some knowledge is very important, and we return to this regularly to help it ‘stick’ in children’s memory.
Knowledge is divided into two types:
Substantive Knowledge: This refers to specific facts to be learned, such as, for example, the names of the countries in the United Kingdom (geography), or in history key facts about an historic event such as World War 1. In our curriculum pages, we have given you examples of the substantive knowledge that pupils need to know and remember at each stage in their learning and in each subject. Substantive knowledge refers to knowing ‘what’ specific facts need to be remembered.
Disciplinary Knowledge: Whereas substantive knowledge is about ‘what’ facts, disciplinary knowledge is about knowing ‘how’. For example, in music I can know that a minim is the equivalent of 2 beats, a quaver a half beat and a semi-breve four beats (substantive facts), but disciplinary knowledge helps me use this information to clap a rhythm accurately having read it on a musical stave. Sometimes people refer to disciplinary knowledge as skills.
Our curriculum offer considers the community which we serve. As we have approximately 38% of our pupils eligible for pupil premium, we build into our curriculum experiences and opportunities to help pupils to progress and achieve success. Our intention is that pupils have both personal development and subject specific experiences which they may otherwise not have had.
Our school values: Welcoming, Nurturing, Commitment. Togetherness and Respect underpin everything that we do at Broomwood and we believe that these values support pupils in how to be a good citizen in society.
The Implementation of our Curriculum
Our curriculum is presented with an overarching topic within each key stage on a half term or termly basis. We recognise that research shows that learning through a theme based approach enables pupils to learn to make connections constantly, thereby developing a much deeper and broader level of understanding than traditional learning can compete with. Theme based learning encourages the incorporation of different intelligences and caters much better for children with learning needs, enhancing our inclusive practice further. Whilst having a theme, subjects are still taught discretely with subject specific knowledge and vocabulary being developed. The themes we have selected ensure that children meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but that they are also meaningful to our school community.
Our curriculum is designed to work over a two year rolling programme where each key stage works on the same theme. We block our progression of learning into the different key stages for most of our non-core subjects, apart from RE and PSHE, in line with the National Curriculum. We believe that this gives the children the opportunity to revisit learning. In addition, it enables teachers to work collaboratively together and share expertise linked to particular subject areas ensuring that the implementation of the substantive knowledge is carefully considered for each subject area.
Learning within each subject is presented in a multi sensory way which ensures that learning can be accessed by all. There is a high expectation on how children present their learning which can be in a variety of ways.
Reading and vocabulary acquisition are at the heart of our curriculum. High quality texts are used to complement themes and enhance understanding and subject specific vocabulary is embedded within each subject area.
The Impact of our Curriculum
- Pupils develop confidence, independence, resilience and a love of learning.
- All of our pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. They are able to make links between different subjects and lessons.
- Pupils are able to retrieve key substantive knowledge across all subject areas. Pupils are able to talk about what they are learning both currently and what they have previously learnt, including the skills they have gained and the experiences they have had.
- Pupils are given the best possible opportunity to achieve the expected standard across all subject areas and for those who are able, opportunities are given to achieve beyond the expected standard. All pupils make progress in their learning, regardless of their starting point.
- Pupil’s written and oral work captures their increasing understanding of key concepts within each subject
- Pupils are able to form meaningful relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well.
- Our pupils have aspirations for the future and know that these can be realised with hard work and determination.
How do we make our curriculum accessible to those with SEND?
Open the documents below to see how here at Broomwood Primary School we strive to make our curriculum accessible to all.