Curriculum

Year 5 Pupil'Bourne Abbey provides an outstanding education for its pupils.' Ofsted 2010

 

Curriculum

 

During a normal school week, excluding registration, the daily act of collective worship and breaks, children receive 23 hours 45 minutes of teaching time. The children are placed in mixed attainment year group classes according to age.  Children work individually, in small or large groups, as class units, across classes, as Key Stage One or Key Stage Two, as the subject requires. Sometimes the whole school combines for work. We are proud of our reputation as an establishment which fosters strong "family" relationships amongst its pupils, encouraging perseverance and resilience in all aspects of their lives.

The curriculum is at the heart of our school because it through a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that a life-long passion for learning is ignited and children are given the best possible chance to succeed. Our intent is to create a language, knowledge and skills rich curriculum, specifically designed to meet the needs of the children in our school, enabling them to confidently express their views, opinions and understanding of the world around them. It is for this reason that the impact of our curriculum is under constant review and development to ensure that it appropriately meets the needs of our children, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their personal best.

For Year 1 to 6 the National Curriculum broadly outlines objectives for each year group in the following subjects: Mathematics, English, Science, Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing, Music, History, Geography, Languages and Physical Education. Also as an integral part of our curriculum we follow the Lincolnshire Locally Agreed syllabus for RE and Understanding Christianity. In today’s world, it is important for information technology to have a significant role in the curriculum and we have a raft of new IT equipment, resources and training opportunities for staff, ensuring that ICT is embedded across the curriculum. The objectives set in this curriculum ensure that children are working to the national standard and being continually supported and challenged to achieve their best in every year group across school. However, the National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. It provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers and leaders develop an exciting and stimulating curriculum with the understanding that they have the freedom to extend beyond the National Curriculum specifications to meet the needs of the children in our care.

Our curriculum is implemented through a cross-curricular based approach, which ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are covered in a meaningful way, maximising opportunities to link subjects so that children can develop deep and embedded subject knowledge.  The curriculum is broad and balanced offering progression and providing as many opportunities as possible for pupils to develop a wide range of skills. Just a few examples of our topics are:

  • Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
  • Once upon a time…
  • That’s not my Mummy!

Our curriculum is brought to life through a range of teaching and learning styles, visits out, visitors  to school, role play, theme days and many more creative and imaginative activities which help deepen and strengthen learning throughout a topic, building on skills and knowledge from previous years. We actively seek to overcome the barriers to learning that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different individuals, and groups of children within our schools

In KS2 we really enjoy working with our local secondary schools to enhance our pupils’ learning through the use of subject specialists. Our broad and balanced curriculum is complemented by a fun and vibrant range of extra-curricular clubs, which take place at lunchtime and after school. We always seek to discover and nurture special talents within each child. There is something for everyone in our extra-curricular programme!

Please see our Teaching, Learning and Curriculum policy for further information on our intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum.

 

 

 

 

  1. Teaching Learning and Curriculum Policy_ June 2019.doc