Curriculum and Information Sheets
Learning is at the heart of what we do in school. We believe that our role at is to help children to develop their skills as reflective and creative learners who are eager to face new challenges. We want our pupils to learn in a way which develops independence of mind, a desire for new knowledge and the skills which will enable them to carry on learning for life in a rapidly changing world. All our children follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes daily numeracy and literacy and we use a themed approach to learning which incorporates the National Curriculum subjects into topics.
Each class works around a topic based curriculum which changes every term. Staff run yearly curriculum information evenings for parents to keep them informed of our latest approaches to learning in these areas. There are also information sessions based on phonics and SATs.
R.E. is taught using the Bedfordshire’s agreed syllabus that teaches about Christianity, other major religions and their festivals as well as consideration of feelings, attitudes and values. KS2 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in the Queen’s Park Faith Tour, of All Saints Parish Church, Jamia Masjid Gulshane Baghdad Mosque and Guru Nanak Gurdwara.
Our pupils enjoy a wide range of opportunities to perform to friends and family. Each topic end with a fabulous finish where parents are invited to share pupils’ work in a variety of formats for example a Titanic Tea Party. There are songs and readings at Harvest, Christmas and Easter assemblies. Classes perform at a Neighbours Christmas Concert, Grandparents’ Afternoon and classes also lead community assemblies for parents. These performances celebrate the learning that is taking place during a topic. KS2 pupils also perform in the Young Voices Concert at The Genting Arena, Birmingham and local choir festivals. Parents can also enjoy Christmas performances by The Foundation Stage, KS1 and a leavers’ production at the end of Year 6’s summer term ‘Lights, Camera Action’ topic.
Each class has 2 hours of physical activity a week, children play a wide range of sports as part of the P.E. curriculum: basketball, tag rugby, gymnastics, dance and athletics, for example. Living in a river town, we value swimming as an essential life skill and Year 1-6 enjoy swimming lessons in a heated indoor pool; in addition to swimming stroke development pupils also learn lifesaving skills and enjoy fun splashes and water polo.
Trips and visitors
Our children learn beyond the classroom in many different ways. Trips extend what goes on in lessons and take place locally and further afield. We believe that in order to develop confidence children need a range of experiences.
Each year group enjoys outdoor learning experiences, including trips to Molivers Wood, Bromham and in KS2 the children have the opportunity to spend two nights away at Hilltop Outdoor centre, Norfolk where they enjoy a range of ‘challenge by choice’ activities based around high ropes, high bridges, obstacle courses, archery and, if tides allow , a beach activity.
We want to provide every child with as many opportunities as possible and to discover new skills and interests. We offer every KS2 pupil a selection of lunchtime or after school activities, these may include areas such as K’Nex, art, Minecraft, choir, recorders and a number of sporting activities. There are also Bedfordshire Music Service lessons available for piano, strings, woodwind and guitar.