Curriculum Intent & Assessment
Here you will find a variety of curriculum documents.
Our School Curriculum
Developing Foundations for a Successful Future
At Burton Pidsea Primary School, we are developing a fully inclusive curriculum that will eventually exceed National Curriculum requirements through active learning opportunities and a range of cultural capital enrichments to celebrate life beyond Burton Pidsea. Our children will develop an awareness of the wider world around them as well as their distinct position within our local community.
Our curriculum priorities are:
- RESPECT – for yourself and others, for your community and the environment
- INSPIRE – promoting a life long love of learning through a broad and balanced curriculum within an inspirational learning environment
- WELL BEING – valuing the whole child – academically and socially
At Burton Pidsea Primary School, we aim to develop a lifelong love of learning, embedding the skills and knowledge our children need to be successful in the future and to be emotionally equipped to be an effective member of their community and access the wider opportunities open to them.
Our curriculum is designed to have opportunities to practise and apply essential skills and knowledge, working towards developing a deeper understanding of the world around them and their place in it. Our plans place equal importance on both core and foundation subjects.
At Burton Pidsea Primary School, every child is given the opportunity to succeed. Through ‘learning to learn’ they will develop the confidence to tackle any challenges they may face and understand that mistakes are a valuable part of learning. Our children’s emotional and physical wellbeing are acknowledged and are as important as their academic development. Our thoughtful approach to SMSC and our whole school values ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
As a reader, our pupils will develop a life long love of reading both for pleasure and information. As the skill of reading is essential for children to participate fully as a member of society, it is our duty to ensure children are equipped with essential reading and comprehension skills they can draw upon whatever opportunities are presented to them. We strive to ensure all children are highly confident and competent readers by the time they leave us, reading with fluency and understanding. Our pupils learn to read through a clear and consistent synthetic phonics programme. Later, the children are encouraged to apply these skills independently allowing them to read to learn.
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Reading is one of the key sources of vocabulary acquisition and as such we ensure children are actively and systematically exposed to a range of vocabulary across the whole curriculum. The language that pupils hear and say are vital for the development of reading and writing skills so vocabulary is a priority in all classrooms.
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As a writer, we aim to give all children the tools and techniques to become skilled writers and in turn, communicate effectively and share their emotions and ideas with others. We want children to enjoy the act of writing and provide a curriculum which is carefully designed with authentic purpose and audience. High quality speaking and learning opportunities continually develop pupil’s confidence and competence in language skills and application, giving them opportunities to explore ideas and use their imaginations.
As emerging writers, children will be taught the building blocks for writing (spelling, punctuation and grammar) alongside a variety of text genres and vocabulary choices drawn from all aspects of the curriculum. These key skills are developed over time ensuring that all children are able to write across the whole curriculum applying and extending their skills within a range of contexts.
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As a mathematician, your child will develop a good understanding and recall of key mathematical skills and knowledge through tackling increasingly challenging activities. Moreover, we aim to enable them to be able to apply this range of skills to a wide variety of situations and concepts, demonstrating mastery of the subject. Overall, we want children at our school to leave us with a full ‘toolbox’ of mathematical skills and vocabulary that they can apply to a wealth of situations.
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As a scientist, your child will be encouraged to develop both their scientific knowledge and their understanding of key scientific concepts, explaining them using the correct scientific terminology. We aim to do this by providing activities which enable our children to both acquire and investigate key scientific ideas, alongside the effective collection and analysis of data. Moreover, we want the children of our school to gain an understanding of the world around them and the application of science in the real world, both now and in the future.
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As historians, the children will have a knowledge and understanding of both Britain’s past and that of the wider world. They will be able to identify changes over time whilst making comparisons across time periods. We feel it is important for today’s generation to understand the causes of significant events in the past and be able to relate historical events to the world around them. Children will be inspired to learn more about the past by looking at a range of evidence from different sources and asking questions using a high quality vocabulary. Our children are engaged through real life experiences and and motivated through our commitment to active learning and creative cross-curricular approach.
As geographers, the children will develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and the people who live in it, which will remain with them as they prepare to face the world and all the opportunities available to them. They will learn to appreciate and understand the world in which we all live and how it has evolved through systematic exploration of the Earth and its inhabitants. Our children will also understand the importance of protecting the world around us and ensuring it is fit for future generations. Wherever possible, we aim to build upon each child’s ‘personal geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying their local environment.
Art, Design and Technology
As an artist and designer, the children will develop the creative and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently. They will be provided with opportunities to express and explore their ideas through a wide range of artistic platforms. Our curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge the children, equipping them with knowledge, skills and experiences. They will experiment, invent and create whilst developing a clear understanding of the cultural and historical contexts, drawing on disciplines such as mathematics, science and computing. The childen will practise evaluating and critiquing their own ideas and the work of others, understanding how design and technology impacts on daily life and the wider world as well as learning how to take risks and become resourceful learners.
As a musician, your child will be inspired to develop a love for music. We value the music curriculum as one of the highest forms of creativity, and so we aim to provide a range of experiences for our pupils to be immersed in. Children will use their voices and a range of instruments to creatively demonstrate a sense of rhythm and pitch. They will also understand and explore how music is composed and will listen to and review music across a range of historical periods from different styles and traditions.
We offer lessons with music specialists and each year group participates in a range of musical events and performances both inside the school and as part of the wider community.
As a school, learning an additional language is of vital importance to us. It provides our children with the opportunity to deepen their curiosity about the world and opens up an important connection to other cultures and ways of life. As studies have shown that learning a foreign language increases critical thinking skills and creativity, it is an essential tool to develop and shape the young minds of our children. We aim to provide the children with the foundations needed to learn further languages at a later stage and develop an appreciation and understanding of different cultures.
At Key Stage 1, the children at Burton Pidsea Primary School enjoy learning sign language. This provides them with the opportunity to develop communication skills beyond the spoken word. At Key Stage 2, children are immersed in a range of songs, games and interactive activities to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.
At Burton Pidsea Primary School, the teaching of RE is important as it is a gateway into a life beyond the children’s immediate experiences. In their time with us, the children will develop a factual knowledge and deep understanding of the beliefs and practices of Christianity compared to other major world religions. We believe it is important that the children know how different beliefs and values have an impact on the way of life with different faith communities; our pupils are taught the importance of tolerance and respect and that the common threads of humanity far outweigh any differences.
As an athlete at Burton Pidsea Primary School the children will develop confidence in a range of sports due to the broad range of skills the children learn throughout their time with us. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in many different physical activities, designed to promote the importance of healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy lifestyles. We aim to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, work as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play, embedding important life-long values.
The world of technology is advancing all the time and children are exposed more and more to the wonders of it. At Burton Pidsea Primary School, we recognise the importance of technology and its expediential development. We aim to lay the foundations for an information technology filled future. As well as the core computing curriculum, a range of devices and tools are used in all areas of the curriculum to maximise learning opportunities and motivate and inspire learners. IT is utilised across the full curriculum and the staff at Burton Pidsea Primary School are embracing the use of technology as a tool to accelerate learning across at subjects. We are in the process of developing and updating our resources to allow us to access sources of information in many forms to aid historical enquiry, showcase our work in art and poetry, analyse performance in PE, listen to our music performances and much more.
The children have grown up in a world of computing and want to learn how to use the latest software. With this in mind, we encourage children to use the internet safely, so each year children are reminded of how to use the internet safely and take part in an e-safety activities as part of their Computing curriculum.
Cultural capital enrichment
At Burton Pidsea Primary School, we recognise that our village is rural and some of our families are isolated. We want every child to be curious and explore the world around them and so we are developing a range of enrichment opportunities – above and beyond the National Curriculum expectations – that our children can experience throughout their time with us. This enrichment aims to offer our children opportunities to experience places and events which they may not ordinarily have access to. It is inter-woven into the planned curriculum and offered when authentic opportunities arise.
Here you will find documents that show our school topics.
The DFE announced that: ‘As part of our reforms to the national curriculum, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed from September 2014 and will not be replaced.’
The New National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014; this is compulsory for all Local Authority Schools. The new curriculum is different from the old one, standards have increased and there are some different things to teach but the biggest difference is that there are no longer levels for the children to work through.
At Burton Pidsea Primary School, we formally assess children 3 times a year (Christmas, Easter and Summer) to monitor progress through the curriculum. At these points, the children are given a teacher assessment, based on on-going class work and informed by any formal testing.
The teacher assessments we use are:
Children are unable to access age related learning objectives and as such are working on objectives from the curriculum below their year group
|Working Towards (age related expectations)
Children are working on age related objectives, however, they sometimes require a high support to achieve their learning.
|Working at Age Related Expectations
Children are able to independently access age related objectives with minimal support. They independently applying and practising knowledge and skills.
Working at Age Related Expectations in greater depth
Children are able to independently access age related objectives with minimal support. Children independently deepen and extend their knowledge and skills through application across a range on contexts
Parents should be made aware that the learning process is a continuum and the children can make progress within each assessment category.
Children have target sheets, matched to National Curriculum Expectations, in their Maths and writing books so they are aware of their progress and next steps in learning.
Progress in science is judged after each topic.
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