Curriculum at Begbrook

A parent’s guide to curriculum and assessment

We are currently delivering the new Primary Curriculum through the enquiry based model of teaching.  Each term children learn about a new topic by researching and learning new skills in order to answer a whole class question at the end of their topic.  We believe that this method gives children a reason to learn as they want to be able to answer this question together.

At Begbrook Primary Academy, we teach using a highly creative approach. We believe that children learn best by being involved in their own learning and taking an element of control. Our  curriculum is a skills based curriculum that provides opportunities for all subjects to be integrated, whilst maintaining coverage of National Curriculum objectives.

Our Reception classes organise their creative curriculum topics according to the children’s interests.  They make great use of the outside area and promote the three core areas of learning ‘communication and language’, ‘physical development’ and ‘personal, social and emotional development’

You can find out more about the Early years curriculum here http://www.foundationyears.org.uk

The remainder of the school organise their curriculum using objectives from the National Curriculum. Each term a new topic is introduced.

In order to engage and inspire the children at the beginning of a new topic, ignite activities are planned. Examples of ignite activities include:

  • Trips to Leicester space centre
  • Castle building and banquets
  • Visits to WWI trenches in Wales
  • A trip on ‘The Matthew’ in Bristol harbour

The children find these experiences memorable and a valuable way of ‘kick-starting’ their enthusiasm towards their new topic.

At the end of a topic we like to invite parents into school to share in their child’s learning. These are greatly anticipated by all the children who are very proud of what they have learned.

English

We use a range of texts and teaching ideas to deliver high quality lessons to all of our children at Begbrook.  We currently use texts from the ‘Power of Reading’ and we use teaching skills from ‘Talk for Writing’.

Phonics

Our phonics scheme is ‘Jolly Phonics’ and this is followed by ‘Jolly Grammar’, which is used across the school.

We use a range of reading scheme books as we feel that children benefit from having a variety.

Maths

We teach from the National Curriculum objectives.

Our lessons focus heavily on equipping children with sound mathematical skills and we are currently exploring the ‘Shanghai Method’ of teaching maths.  One of our teachers has recently been to Shanghai to explore this and is building our maths curriculum around these methods.

If you would like any further information about our curriculum then please speak to your child’s class teacher or contact the main school office.