First of all what is a ‘curriculum’?
The curriculum includes the subjects which children study, the content of those individual subjects, how they are taught (there are several different approaches, for example, to the teaching of reading), how they relate to each other (or how they are integrated) and lastly, how teachers organise children’s learning over a half term, a term and the whole school year.
In nursery and reception classes the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This is organised into seven areas of learning:
- personal, social and emotional development
- communication and language l literacy l mathematical development l understanding of the world l physical development
- expressive arts and design
Each of these areas has its own learning goals. By the end of Reception, most children should have made significant progress towards achieving these goals.
The curriculum for Years 1 to 6
We aim to provide for the full academic, personal and social development of each pupil, and to encourage pupils to work and think independently and to make decisions within a moral code.
The curriculum at Brindishe Green is designed to develop in all pupils:
- high standards in literacy, maths and computing capability
- the ability to discover facts accurately and use them critically
- the ability to identify and solve problems creatively, as individuals and in co-operation with others
- the ability to express themselves through the arts and to appreciate the art and creativity of others
- the ability to work well with others showing social skills of co-operation and leadership, mutual respect, understanding and support
- the motivation and ability to build on strengths and to learn from mistakes
- an understanding of the local, wider and global communities
Subjects are often drawn together or integrated so that children will use several in their study of one particular area or theme. We therefore combine these themes to produce a more cohesive and linked curriculum for our children.
You can download the latest copy of our agreed Brindishe Schools' Curriculum here
At Brindishe Green we teach RE (religious education). Learning in RE is based on the locally agreed syllabus. Children learn about the six major faiths of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.
We take care not to indoctrinate children in any way and views on all religious matters are expressed in a balanced way. Our emphasis is on giving children a framework of moral understanding as well as knowledge of religious beliefs and practices to enable them to become caring members of society and form their own religious views.
Religion is sometimes taught as a separate subject and sometimes as part of a theme. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from religious education lessons and from daily acts of collective worship. Please discuss with the headteacher if you wish to withdraw your child.
Pupils are encouraged to take an active part in their learning and to make decisions about their learning and their school. During their time at Brindishe Green they will have many opportunities to express their views and contribute to school development plans and schemes – for example through their children’s teams and through pupil surveys and questionnaires.
Personal, social, health and moral education (PSHME)
This area includes health education, promoting good behaviour and developing children’s awareness of themselves and others in the community. Our work in PSHME is often incidental but always essential. It involves children learning to keep themselves fit and healthy and develop a set of values and beliefs, including respect for themselves, for others and for the environment.
PSHME includes drug and substance abuse education. We teach children how to recognise and avoid addictive or harmful substances and how to keep themselves safe and healthy.
In Brindishe Green the children use technology to support their learning, including to access the internet. We teach our children how to keep themselves safe when using the internet and mobile phones.
Citizenship is taught mainly through whole class and group discussion.
It concentrates on developing children’s knowledge and understanding of their roles and responsibilities and how to make a positive contribution to their community. They learn about democracy and how local and national government works.
In Brindishe Green we have adopted the practice of ‘circle time’, dedicated to developing the ability to listen to others, to express their views, and to discuss and debate current ideas and issues. Circle time is frequently used to support PSHME and Citizenship education.
Sex and relationships education
Schools are able to decide whether or not to teach sex education and we include sex education as part of our curriculum. Before a class studies sex and relationships education formally, parents are informed and are invited to view the materials, which will be used by a class. At other times if children ask teachers questions relating to sex or sexuality, it is our policy to answer their questions honestly and with regard for our equality policies. We will always try to inform you about the kind of questions your child is asking so that you may also respond to them.
Parents and carers are entitled to withdraw their child from formal sex and relationships education if they so wish, but we cannot withdraw a child from playground chatter, so we do hope that as many children as possible are able to take part in the lessons. We have a published policy for sex and relationships education. Please ask if you would like a copy.
In year 6 children take part in a residential school journey, which supports areas of learning such as geography and outdoor pursuits.
Assemblies happen daily and reflect the multi-cultural community of Brindishe Green. Assemblies are broadly Christian, exploring themes such as friendship, perseverance and tolerance. We learn about famous people and traditions from around the world. In our assemblies we celebrate the achievements of those within our own and our wider community.
Extra curricular activities, clubs, tuition and enrichment
As well as the learning that we organise during the day, we also offer a range of out-of-school and after-school clubs and activities. These are offered to different age groups at different times throughout the year. They include such areas as basketball, dance, choir, drama, football, tennis, chess and art. We also offer extra opportunities such as computing for very able children and booster classes for year 6 children. We offer instrumental tuition during the school day, at lunchtimes and after school. Children can learn to play an instrument such as recorder, violin or a brass instrument. Many clubs are free. There is a small charge for instrumental tuition and sport coaching.