CHILDREN’S LEARNING at Bridport Primary School
Children will only learn at their best, and teachers will only teach at their best, when:
- They feel respected
- They feel valued, secure, confident and cared for.
- They are clear about expectations placed on them.
- Learning is staged and developed logically.
- There is a calm, ordered and consistent environment.
- There is an atmosphere of mutual co-operation and collaboration.
- Challenges are set which raise their expectations.
- Praise rather than punishment is appropriately used.
- They receive feedback about their performance.
- They are an integral part of a learning community – where learning is for life and the betterment of society.
- Staff feel they are supported by on-going training and professional development within a supportive network.
Curriculum Provision at Bridport Primary School
At BPS, we have worked with our partner schools in the Minerva Learning Trust, using Cornerstones as a basis for our planning. We have also drawn upon the passion and expertise of our staff to produce a challenging, rigorous and exciting new curriculum.
Underpinning our curriculum is our Rights Respecting ethos. This comes directly from the Convention on the Rights of the child. Children in every class acknowledge and use the language of RIGHTS. Assemblies are often founded in these rights so there is a clear message given beyond the classroom. Staff and pupils treat each other with dignity and respect because we all have the right to be treated this way and because we believe it is an appropriate way to conduct ourselves.
Our literacy curriculum comprises of a systematic approach of teaching Read Write Inc phonics for younger children (and spelling in key stage two) and a writing-based cross-curricular approach for the older children. We use Talk for Writing techniques (by Pi Corbett) to give structure and progression in writing.
We strive to foster a love of reading in our pupils, and children of all ages are helped to read widely, both at home and at school. Children read in school every day, discuss texts and their meaning in a group and reflect on their own reading knowledge and skills.
Within our mathematics curriculum, we have a vision of developing ‘mathematical mastery’, and we focus on the four operations, knowledge of number bonds and multiplication and division facts. The children are encouraged to learn their number facts, to solve word problems, to work efficiently and to become fascinated by the world of number. All children, from the Early Years up to year six, develop their mathematical thinking along a concrete – visual – abstract continuum so that they can handle maths, see maths and then think/apply maths. We encourage a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts by children being able to use and apply their reasoning skills in facing original problems. We are enriching our Mathematics curriculum by our involvement in both the Bridport Cluster and the Jurassic Coast School Team Alliance (JCTSA) where our joint focus is to offer an outstanding maths curriculum, underpinned by international research.
Our topic-based learning brings together science, humanities and the arts, giving a cross-curricular approach to learning. The topic may be driven by one particular area of the curriculum, but incorporates other subjects as well.
Our science curriculum equips children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We want children to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries, so that they can answer scientific questions about the world around them. Science therefore, wherever possible, is taught through a hands-on approach and our children are encouraged to experiment and discover for themselves. Through building up a body of core knowledge and concepts, pupils at BPS are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We want all pupils to understand how science can be used to explain, to predict, to describe, and analyse causality.
Our wider curriculum is rich, diverse and challenging, with History (including local history) at its heart. When studying for History, Geography and Religious Education, we encourage children to develop a respect and understanding of the lives of others, through an enquiry-led approach. From learning about ancient civilizations, to thinking about the diversity of our own region, right through to studying the future through a knowledge of climate change and global citizenship, our pupils enjoy learning about the people and the planet. Our Rights Respecting ethos is key to all teaching and learning across the entire curriculum.
Our children develop their skills and expression through a creative curriculum in Art, Design and Music. Children work with paints, clays, charcoals, pastels and many other media in our dazzling art lessons. Children are encouraged to find practical solutions to real-world problems in our design lessons.
Our languages curriculum, through which all children in Years 2 – 6 learn French, encourages children to become confident speakers of French. Through role-play and recitation, our children learn quickly, and have fun doing so.
Our PSHCE curriculum is an ongoing thread that can be seen woven into many aspects of school life. Learning tackles bereavement, the language of safeguarding and relationships education, as well as issues of friendship, relationship and self-esteem building. Teachers are skilled in determining whether children need to be taught individually, in small groups or as a class when tackling the more complex issues associated with PSHCE. Visits and visitors to the school enhance this work over the course of a child’s journey through school. Family support is offered as an additional layer to this vital curriculum area; the support worker offers very specific individual support where required through an ELSA programme.
Finally, we enjoy an energetic physical education curriculum, in which children develop skills and physical fitness across a range of different sports and physical disciplines. Children receive teaching not only in conventional team sports and athletics, but benefit from units of Gymnastics, Dance and Swimming. Our children’s aptitudes are developed further through our after-school provision of a wide variety of sports clubs.