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The Curriculum at Brigg Primary School

At Brigg Primary School, our curriculum is based on the belief that every child should be provided with an equal opportunity to take ownership of and become masters of their own learning.

All children should have access to a curriculum that is inspiring, stimulating and appropriate to their level of ability. This will enable them to develop a love of learning. We believe that every child is capable of reaching their full potential.

 

What do we teach?

Brigg Primary School follows the 2014 National Curriculum and are dedicated to delivering the requirements of both the Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two National Curriculum in a purposeful, functional, adaptable and rewarding way. Planning incorporates a wide range of teaching and learning styles and draws on the most recent pedagogy. For detailed information regarding the National Curriculum please follow this link.

Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage the children learn through short, directed activities combined with independent learning through play. To support this learning, planning objectives from the Development Matters Statements are incorporated in termly themes that can be found below. Regular assessments of the children’s learning and their identified needs, together with the children’s own interests, inform short term planning on a day to day basis.

Key Stage One Phonics and Reading

A daily phonics lesson is taught in Key Stage One. Children are taught in small groups depending upon ability with structured sessions that reflect some elements of the Read Write Inc scheme. The children’s progress is monitored half termly by the Phonics Leader and groupings and planning adjusted accordingly.

Key Stages One and Two

Throughout Key Stages One and Two the core subjects of English and Mathematics are taught discretely each morning with additional reading lessons timetabled during afternoon sessions.

English

As well as being based on the 2014 National Curriculum, the English curriculum in Key Stages One and Two also uses Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies. Full coverage of the National Curriculum topic areas is provided within the daily English lesson and interwoven within creative curriculum topics, where opportunities are identified for children to develop their English knowledge and communication and language skills.

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

A discrete Reading lesson is taught three times a week during which children look at a variety of texts often linked to the class novel or current theme.  Activities and questioning in these sessions are closely linked to VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise) reading skills.

 

Mathematics

As with the teaching of English in Key Stages One and Two, the teaching of Mathematics is based on the revised 2014 National Curriculum. Full coverage of the National Curriculum areas is provided within a daily mathematics lesson and interwoven wherever possible within the creative curriculum topics, with opportunities identified within the themes for pupils to develop their application of mathematical skills and knowledge visited during the daily mathematics lesson. A variety of strategies, including questioning, discussion, observations and marking, are used to assess progress and inform further planning with mental mathematics strategies taught daily through a Big Maths CLIC session. Planned activities are challenging, motivating and extend pupils’ learning through Bronze, Silver and Gold challenges together with daily opportunities to demonstrate deeper learning.

 

Creative Curriculum Themes

Wherever possible, cross-curricular links through thematic/topic based projects are made to ensure learning makes more sense all involved. This approach provides opportunities for the children to apply learning from one area into another, thus preparing them for lifelong learning. Links to the themes for each year group can be found below. Each theme or topic has a Science, History or Geography driver with skills in subjects such as Art and Design and Technology taught through these.

 

Please click on links below for year group theme details

 

PSHE

Pupils learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities.  They become more mature, independent and self-confident.  They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities.  They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibilities and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions