Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.

From September 2014 there is an expectation from the government for all mainstream primary schools to deliver the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements.

It is our core aim that all pupils will achieve their potential as we ‘believe in a world of possibilities’. We passionately believe that each and every child has the ‘right to be astonishing’.

BPS is committed to raising standards of achievement and attainment for its pupils. We understand that this is an issue of equal opportunities and that as a consequence of this staff should have appropriately high expectations.

Click Here to view the BPS Long Term Curriculum Map 2017 – 2018

Click Here to view the BPS Curriculum Statement of Intent 2018

CHILDREN’S LEARNING at Bridport Primary School

Learning to Learn

“Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.” 
John Holt

We embrace and actively promote ‘learning to learn’ as a process of discovery about learning. It involves a set of principles and skills which, if understood and used, help learners learn more effectively and so become learners for life. At its heart is the belief that learning is learnable.
The bedrock to our ‘learning to learn’ approach is the 6 Rs.

1. Readiness
2. Resourcefulness
3. Resilience
4. Responsibility
5. Reflectiveness
6. Reasoning

Therefore 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.

We want our children to be team workers / self-managers / effective participators / independent enquirers / reflective learners / creative thinkers so that they are:

  • Respectful
  • Independent
  • Proactive
  • Inquisitive
  • Resilient
  • Supportive of their peers
  • Confident
  • Reflective
  • Proud of their talents
  • Aspirational
  • Creative

Curriculum Provision at Bridport Primary School

At BPS, we have 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 is best explained by exploring the belief that every child has the Right to learn which comes directly from the Convention on the Rights of the child. At Bridport Primary children are taught that this Right to learn is coupled with a responsibility to allow others to learn; together we create a climate for learning that is positive and respectful. The right to be safe, to play, to have an education etc all form part of our school ethos and are written into our whole school charter. Children in every class acknowledge and use the language of RIGHTS and responsibilities. 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 successful literacy curriculum comprises of a systematic approach of teaching synthetic phonics for younger children and a writing-based cross-curricular approach for the older children. Our children become confident, creative and articulate writers, and they build from the strong base of their solid understanding of synthetic phonics. From January 2015 we will be using READ, WRITE Inc. to boost our teaching and learning of spelling, and to further build upon the solid phonics base our children already have.

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. We have story telling time in our learning hub every day – where teachers, teaching & learning assistants, parents, KS2 children and community members read stories at lunchtime in the ‘story chair’. From January 2015 each class will be having a BIG QUESTION class assembly each week where we encourage children to connect what they know to stories in a fun and irresistible way.

Within our vibrant 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 6, 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 offer an outstanding maths curriculum underpinned by international research.

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. Y4 benefit from being taught a musical instrument by a music specialist. We also offer a variety of musical instrument lessons (recorder, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, ukulele and drums) from a host of local peripatetic teachers.

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. The social and emotional aspects of learning are very important to us and we value the opportunity to explore these both in the classroom and in wider curriculum opportunities. SEAL lunchtime clubs, Family SEAL and small group 6Rs/SEAL activities all build on the core JIGSAW programme which is designed to progressively meet the needs of all pupils as they journey through school. This programme tackles bereavement, the language of safeguarding and sex 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 reputation as a friendly and determined football team continues to grow strong, and our children’s aptitudes are developed further through our after-school provision of a wide variety of sports clubs.

Please enjoy visiting the subject pages of our website (currently under development – so please keep looking), where our subject leaders share more information about the curriculum on offer.

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